Former England striker bemoans big Sheffield Wednesday problem as slide towards League One continues

Sheffield Wednesday’s slide towards the League One trapdoor continued yesterday as they were unable to take advantage of a 70-minute man advantage against mid-table Bristol City.

The Owls were 1-0 up by the time Henri Lansbury was sent off in just the 22nd minute when he was adjudged to have deliberately handled the ball as Callum Paterson’s shot hit the Robins’ crossbar.

Wednesday captain Barry Bannan missed the resultant spot kick and his side created a number of further chances in the match – returning a season-high xG tally of 2.60 – but were unable to claim the win when City midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson equalised in the 87th minute.

Former England striker Dean Ashton, working as a pundit for Quest TV’s EFL highlights show, suggested the Owls should have been out of sight by then.

Sheffield Wednesday skipper Barry Bannan.

“Barry Bannan has never missed a club penalty in his career but he did today and it was massive as well when you think of the result in the end,” Ashton said.

“They [Wednesday] had so many opportunities. They had 20 shots but only three on target. It's a massive chance missed for Sheffield Wednesday

On Lansbury’s red card, Ashton agreed with Robins boss Nigel Pearson in saying he didn’t feel the former Arsenal man had handled the ball.

“It reminded me of a goalkeeper seeing it out in a sense with his hands up to see it out off the crossbar,” he said. “I don't think he does touch it. There's no deviation of the spin of the ball but putting your hands up there makes it look like he does.”

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