Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to pick the bones out of their 2-1 home defeat to Oxford United at the weekend during the international break.
The Owls initially fell behind early on to the U’s, with Cameron Brannagan scoring in the 12th minute to put the visitors in charge.
Wednesday then came back in the second half with Callum Paterson scoring with a header from a Marvin Johnson cross to boost the hosts.
However the match ended on a sour note as James Henry found the back of the net in the third minute of stoppage time as he turned in Ryan Williams’ delivery.
This means that Darren Moore will have a lot to mull over after seeing his side pick up just one win from their last six games.
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Here, we take a look at THREE things we clearly learnt about Sheffield Wednesday after their 2-1 defeat to Oxford United…
Chances not being taken
The Owls are amongst some of the lowest scoring teams in Sky Bet League One and it is clear that their lack of chance conversion is costing them dearly.
Wednesday currently have 10 goals to their name at the time of writing, whilst league leaders Wigan Athletic by comparison have 18.
The club’s struggles in front of goal were laid bare once again at the weekend, with the home side having 14 shots during the 90m minutes against Oxford.
Creating chances clearly isn’t a problem, but putting them away tells another story entirely.
Bannan is crucial
The Wednesday skipper was back in the starting line up after being left on the bench against Wigan Athletic and was back to his influential best as he largely helped to control the tempo of the game against Oxford.
Holding onto his services over the summer was a key battle that Moore and his staff won and it has certainly paid off in the grand scheme of things so far.
Bannan is easily a Championship level player and it does speak volumes that he has been happy to stay at Hillsborough and help his side fight to gain promotion back to the second tier.
His presence will be vital moving forwards into what will be a congested winter period.
Must play to Paterson’s strengths
The big striker once again found the net for his side and also underlined just how important he is to Wednesday’s hopes of gaining promotion back to the Championship.
His height and physicality causes plenty of problems for opposing defences and because of this, it is vital that the Owls keep on looking to play to his strengths.
Direct football can be effective if you have the right personnel to carry it out and the front two of Paterson and Lee Gregory certainly fit the bill to do just that.
If the Owls continue to deliver the right balls into the big target man, there is every chance that he will notch up double figures moving forwards this season.