Sheffield Wednesday slip closer to Championship relegation after Huddersfield Town stalemate

 

A first half strike from Josh Windass gave Wednesday an early lead, however Callum Paterson’s bizarre second half own goal meant the spoils were shared.

While this stopped a considerable rot for The Owls, who had lost all of previous seven games, a win for Birmingham City elsewhere leaves them nine points from safety.

 

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One positive to take for Darren Moore was his first point as Sheffield Wednesday boss which stopped Wednesday from equalling a club record eight defeats on the spin, a record set in 2000.

Last night’s contest lacked any spark of quality from either side, Juninho Bacuna fired over the bar for Huddersfield Town in the early stages after sloppy play from the hosts.

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The Owls opened the scoring on 36 minutes from their first clear cut chance when two former Terriers combined. An improvised flick from Jordan Rhodes set Josh Windass through on goal, he made no mistake with the finish.

The visitors remained hopeful of getting themselves back into the game. Before last night Wednesday had dropped 23 points from winning positions, only Huddersfield have been guilty of dropping more.

Moore’s side added to this unwanted tally when docile defending from Isaac Mbenza’s free-kick allowed Naby Saar the freedom of Hillsborough to divert the ball goalward.

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Kieren Westwood pulled off a save of the season contender, but his efforts were in vain when Callum Paterson could only bundle the ball into the back of his own net from the rebound.

Paterson would have the opportunity to redeem himself late on after a superb reverse pass from second-half substitute Elias Kachunga, but he couldn’t squeeze the ball past the on-rushing Huddersfield goalkeeper Ryan Schofield.

In the dying embers, Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien saw his deflected effort squirm inches wide of Kieren Westwood’s post.

Wednesday Boss Darren Moore said: “It was a bizarre way to concede because when you look at the way we defended all night, we were pretty solid really.

“Apart from a couple of long-range efforts which they were starting to get a bit desperate, and we thought they were running out of one or two ideas, it was just about doing your jobs.”

“Losing Sam (Hutchinson) out of the defence was critical for us because he’s just a solid citizen, he’s an organiser and he sees it really.”

Written by Ben Woodcock

University of Sheffield journalism student. Sheffield Wednesday fan. Podcaster on 'The Wednesday Week'. Interest in fitness and exercise.

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Written by Ben Woodcock

University of Sheffield journalism student. Sheffield Wednesday fan. Podcaster on 'The Wednesday Week'. Interest in fitness and exercise.
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