A poor week for Sheffield Wednesday got worse at Hillsborough as Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-0 to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.
Marcus Antonsson and Chris Wood got the goals for Leeds and though it was a good performance by the visitors, Wednesday were very poor.
Here are five things we learned from the game...
Fernando Forestieri was trying too hard
There was a fair bit of pressure on Wednesday's talisman going into the game, given what had gone on over the past week or so, and, to his credit, he looked like a player attempting to win over the supporters again. What he ended up doing, though, was trying too hard. Forestieri snatched at a couple of chances, shot when team mates were in better positions and ran himself into the ground. That's admirable, but in the end he'd run that much he looked a little tired in the closing stages. Had he played his usual game, on the of chances he got could well have gone in.
Full backs had a shocker
They'll not need to be told but Jack Hunt and Daniel Pudil had without question their worst games in a Sheffield Wednesday shirt. They offered little in attack and were consistently caught out at the back and even simple things like making or controlling a short pass appeared to be beyond them. Displays like these are the exception rather than the norm, but it really was a shocker. In fairness though, they were far from alone on that front...
No bite in any area of the pitch
Leeds United's success was built around a solid midfield which bullied Wednesday, stifling their attacking, creative flair and giving Carlos Carvalhal's side few opportunities to get into action their high-tempo passing game. What the home side needed was a physical presence and it was severely lacking. For all the cultured footballing talent the Owls have at their disposal, sometimes, and this game was an example, you need a player who is powerful and frankly, dirty. Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan, Almen Abdi and Ross Wallace are neat players. Ball winners, they are not.
Frontline giving Carlos a conundrum
Wednesday started with Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri in attack and ended it with Gary Hooper in behind the two, however, Hooper doesn't appear to be able to fulfill the role of 'impact sub'. When he gets going, the striker is to be feared, but often that takes a little time. Hooper missed a good chance not long after coming on and so perhaps he should start, but then who does Carvalhal drop?
OK, Wednesday were absolutely dreadful and yes, every fan has a right to express their annoyance but booing the team off the pitch four games into the season was a bit much. The jeers were very much in the minority but they were audible enough and this, I guess, is the price of (relative) success. It's worth remembering, though, that not long ago these types of performances were served up week-in week-out. The atmosphere at Hillsborough was, and has been for a while now, superb for the most part but unless a run of poor form runs for a couple of months rather than a couple of games then booing the team off the pitch is harsh.