SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Wasteful Owls slump to defeats

The Guardian’s Sheffield Wednesday blogger Danny Wearin takes a look at the performances of a wasteful Owls team who lost twice in a week.

And he’s salivating at the prospect of an all-Sheffield FA Cup tie.

He writes...

Wednesday slumped to their second defeat in a week for the first time since November after a 1-0 defeat to Derby County.

A dominant Owls lacked a clinical finisher and a late sensational Patrick Bamford strike stole all three points for the Rams.

Stuart Gray’s side tasted defeat for the first time in 12 outings against an in-form Wigan Athletic last week.

A dissapointing 3-0 scoreline brought to an end a tremendous unbeaten run that lifted Wednesday from second bottom to nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Progression through to round five of the FA Cup has set up a potential steel city derby quater-final.

The fifth round tie against fellow Championship side Charlton fell foul to the adverse weather conditions on Saturday.

Referee Mark Clattenburg postponed the game which meant that the Owls would be involved in the sixth round draw.

Cue the draw the whole of Sheffield wanted.

The possibility of an FA Cup quater final against arch rivals Sheffield United would take place as long as the Owls can brush aside Charlton.

Wednesday will travel to Bramall Lane if they beat their championship opposition for a place in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

Cementing Championship football next season is the main aim for the Owls but it’s not every year that the only two teams in the way of a Wembeley semi final is relegation threatend Charlton and League One strugglers Sheffield United.

I feel as though Wednesday should grasp the opportunity with two hands and aim to bring back long waited success to Sheffield.

A repeat of 1993 will have the whole country talking and hopefully get the birthplace of football back on the map.

The Owls were extremnely unfortunate not to take anything from the defeat to Derby as they controlled the match throughout.

Michail Antonio has impressed since returning from injury and was a constant threat to the Rams backline all night.

He created three clear cut chances but was denied by former Wednesday keeper Lee Grant.

Twelve minutes from time Steve McLaren’s side broke the deadlock.

Prolific striker Bamford picked up the ball 20 yards from goal and exquistely curled his shot into the top corner.

The Chelsea loanne was given space and his looping shot ended up in the back of Chris Kirkland’s net with the help of the crossbar.

Wednesday lacked a cutting edge in front of goal and failed to capitalise on their dominance in front of goal.

Derby’s sucker punch strike came with their only real threat of the game.

Gray will now gear his troops up for a crucial Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town.

The Terriers inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Wednesday and the Owls will look to avenge that and get back to winning ways.

Just 48 hours later Charlton visit Hillsborough in the rearranged FA Cup fifth round tie.