Sheffield Wednesday’s frustrations continued, as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening.
The Owls didn’t start the game strongly at all, and fell behind after just 11 minutes, when Josh Koroma found the back of Joe Wildsmith’s net.
That lead was then doubled just 13 minutes after the opener, as Isaac Mbenza fired home a free-kick. Juninho Bacuna then missed the target from the penalty spot for the hosts, which let Tony Pulis’ side off the hook at the time.
The Owls were unable to find a way through though, and left the John Smith’s Stadium empty handed after a disappointing display.
Sheffield Wednesday remain bottom of the Championship table, and could fall further adrift of the teams around them in the second-tier standings on Wednesday evening.
Speaking in a post-match press conference after the defeat to the Terriers, Owls boss Tony Pulis felt as though the opening 20 minutes of the match, was the worst he has seen since taking charge of the club.
“I thought in the first 20 minutes we were all over the place. It was the worst 20 minutes I have had since coming in. When you give them a two nil start, it is uphill all the way.
“We showed more commitment in the second half without really showing any quality. Whether it is because it is the fourth away game out of six away from home and we have done all the travelling…the lads looked really, really tired in the first 20 minutes.
“It took them that time to get going.”
“I thought Huddersfield were running all over us whatever we did. They were on the front foot and we weren’t.
“I don’t want to make excuses. I just thought we were awful in the first 20-25 minutes. That’s the worst that we have performed in my six games.”
Pulis and his Sheffield Wednesday side will be looking at picking up a much-needed three points when they return to action this weekend, when they take on Barnsley at Hillsborough.
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He’s certainly right here.
Sheffield Wednesday weren’t anywhere near good enough against the Terriers, and I wasn’t surprised to see them fall to another defeat this season.
It’s good to see Pulis not pulling any punches in his post-match press conference though, as I think the players needed to be called out for another dismal display.
It’s vital that they show much-needed improvement when they return to action this weekend, when they come up against Barnsley.