Coach Lee Bullen launched a scathing attack on his Owls youngsters following the team’s 3-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town, branding their defending “shocking”.
The visitors eased to a comfortable victory at Hillsborough last night after strikes either side of half-time by Joe Lolley, Duane Holmes and substitute Danny Carr in a feisty Yorkshire derby.
Mani Dieseruvwe was on target for the Owls, who started and finished the contest strongly, with Kieran Lee getting an hour under his belt.
Bullen said: “I can’t defend that performance. It was really, really poor from the standards we have set previously. I can’t remember anybody winning their individual battles. We were second best all over the park.
“It was a lacklustre display. The goals we lost defensively were shocking and that just kills you. There was a lot of pride lacking tonight and there will be a few home truths.
“Huddersfield were better and hungrier than us. They were more determined and braver than us and that’s a sad indictment.
“Huddersfield did the dirty side of the game a lot better than we did. A lot of our players were bullied by their opposite number. If they aren’t willing to do that side of the game, it’s going to be very difficult for me to justify them earning another year’s contract.
“There was a lot of pride lacking tonight and there will be a few home truths.”
Huddersfield went ahead in the fifth minute when Lolley, a constant menace, drilled a right foot shout out of Cameron Dawson’s reach following a mazy run.
But their joy was short-lived as Wednesday equalised four minutes later through Dieseruvwe, who slotted home after a neat pass by Ryan Croasdale.
Oscar Gobern fizzed an effort narrowly wide from distance and Sondre Tronstadd’s effort was deflected over the top before the Terriers regained the lead seven minutes before the interval, with Duane Holmes slotting in Tronstadd’s cross.
Cameron Dawson, one of the few players to escape Bullen’s wrath, produced a superb save to tip substitute Danny Carr’s effort on to the post after the break. But Dawson was powerless to prevent Carr tapping in Holmes’ centre in the 57th minute.
Lavery blazed over and Croasdale dragged an effort wide to compound Wednesday’s misery.
n Wednesday: Dawson; Young, Sanders, De Havilland, Floro; Hanna (Beatson 72), Lee (Stobbs 62), Croasdale, McCabe (Meadows HT); Lavery, Dieseruvwe. Substitutes: McDonagh, Brown.