Coach Lee Bullen tore into his Owls players after their Steel City derby thumping at home to Sheffield United.
The Blades’ Under-21s recorded a 3-0 victory thanks to strikes either side of half-time by Stefan Scougall, Joel Coustrain and Ben Davies at Hillsborough yesterday.
The visitors fielded a strong-looking side featuring several first-team players, including Michael Higdon and Louis Reed.
Bullen told The Star: “It is a shocking result and a poor, poor performance. I’m not happy with that.
“They were better than we were overall. They were stronger than us and it pains me to say that. I don’t want to anything away from Sheffield United, who put a strong side out, but nobody comes out with a pass mark after that result.
“We were naive at times. We wanted too much time on the ball on that surface. We should have moved the ball quicker and trusted each other a little bit more.”
Wednesday gave run-outs to winger Jacques Maghoma and striker Stevie May. The duo completed the full 90 minutes and, along with Ryan Meadows and Will De Havilland, who struck the crossbar with a header, could have scored in the early skirmishes.
But once Scougall volleyed United in front in the 22nd minute after a fine cross by Coustrain, the result was never in doubt and further strikes after the break by Coustrain and a free-kick in added on time by Davies heaped more misery on the Owls.
“Their goalkeeper pulled off two or three great blocks early doors,” said Bullen. “When you are on top, you’ve got to take your chances.
“We ended up getting punished because we didn’t take our opportunities and their experience shone through in the end.”
*Owls: Dawson; Floro, Sanders, De Havilland, Pickerill (Hirst 73); Croasdale, Stobbs, McCabe, May, Meadows, Maghoma. Substitutes: McDonagh, Beatson, Penney, Clarke.
*United: Willis; Davies, Whiteman, McGahey, McFadzean; Reed (Evans HT), Dimaio, Scougall (Cockerline 74), Coustrain; Higdon (Wright 73), Calvert-Lewin. Substitutes: Eastwood, Paling.