Hopes of a third consecutive playoff run are all but extinguished at Hillsborough, after Sheffield Wednesday fell to a 2-0 defeat at in-form Brentford.
The Bees ran out comfortable winners under the lights at Griffin Park, with goals from Lasse Vibe and Florian Jozefzoon either side of half-time confirming Dean Smith’s side’s third consecutive win.
Caretaker boss Lee Bullen had restored hope at the club following the sacking of Carlos Carvalhal before Christmas, guiding his side to a comfortable 3-0 at Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day.
However defeat at Griffin Park has left the Owls a massive eleven points from the top-six, a serious mountain to climb in the second half of the campaign.
To make matters worse for Wednesday fans, Carvalhal won his first game in charge at new club Swansea City, and on-loan striker Sam Winnall smashed two goals at Portman Road to guide his Derby County side into the automatic promotion places.
Many had questioned the decision to swap the former Barnsley man for creative midfielder Jacob Butterfield in the summer, and fans took to Twitter to have their say on the player’s latest performance…
I actually can't believe we let winnall to #dcfc for butter field, he has got to be one of the most pointless players I have seen in a Wednesday shirt, offers nothing a complete waste of time we have been mugged off big style us Sheff wed fans are steaming looks derbys year gl
— Dean Missere (@DeanMissere) December 30, 2017
— Vital Wednesday (@VitalWednesday) December 30, 2017
So Carlos won his first game, Winnall bagged 2, Gary Madine slotted 1 past United, Maghoma scored one for Birmingham, and Mcgeady also bagged one, proper Sheffield Wednesday luck
— Blayne Scarborough (@BlayneScarboro1) December 30, 2017
@footballheaven When are Wednesday fans gonna realise that carlos was never the problem, he just couldnt get the best out of the fringe players we arent good enough with a full team out injured. And is it not time to recall winnall?
— Luke (@luketheowl1997) December 30, 2017
Feel like a jilted, heartbroken ex today. Winnall with a brace for Derby and Carlos last minute winner at Swansea whilst Wednesday look bereft of any ideas. Sigh.#swfc
— O'Hara (@JAMESOHARA) December 30, 2017
Buy a sam winnall Wednesday
— P3A53Y (@pease2011) December 30, 2017
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