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EFL pundit underlines what Sheffield Wednesday lack amid fight for relegation

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Sheffield Wednesday fell to a 3-0 defeat to Brentford last night, failing to score for a third consecutive Championship fixture. 

Neil Thompson’s side are 23rd in the Championship table and, in a way, missed an opportunity to pick up the scalp of Brentford last night.

The Bees had lost three on the spin heading into the fixture but made short work of a Wednesday side facing relegation in the end thanks to goals from Bryan Mbeumo, Saman Ghoddos and Bech Sorensen.

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Kevin Phillips dissected the action from West London, where he observed that Wednesday lacked the firepower to really put Brentford to the test last night.

Speaking to EFL on Quest, as quoted in Yorkshire Live, Phillips said: “I think the team talk (before the game) would have been ‘look, their confidence is low and let’s take the game to them. Yes, we are the away team and let’s put them under pressure from the word go.’

“And they did for the first 10 to 15 minutes. They kept the ball and played it around, but I think as the game went on you could see that they lacked firepower.

“They didn’t have that cutting edge that Brentford did and once Brentford grew into the game with the quality they had on the pitch with the front three it just killed them.”

Wednesday now move into a hugely important Saturday-Wednesday schedule.

They travel to Luton Town at the weekend to take on Nathan Jones’ side, before hosting Rotherham United in a South Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.

Rotherham have lost their last four fixtures and sit just a place above Wednesday in the table.

The Verdict 

In all competitions, Callum Paterson is Wednesday’s top goalscorer with seven. The Owls have only scored 21 times in the Championship this season and haven’t scored at all in their last three defeats.

It is quite obvious that they are struggling for goals and enough presence at the top of the pitch to put opposition into difficult situations.

Brentford were expected to beat Wednesday, but what’s concerning is the fact that the Owls can’t seem to put any pressure on the opposition and push them.

When you look at the table, it’s not good reading for Wednesday and they are having to make do with what they’ve got after a poor January.

The next week will be key and, given the lack of goals in the side, it’s difficult to see Wednesday getting the points on the board they need.

Thoughts? Let us know! 


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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