"It’s a big blow.." Sheffield Wednesday stand-in boss Jamie Smith on Owls’ defeat at QPR
Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship survival hopes are dangling by a thread after a lacklustre defeat at QPR.
The Owls roared back from Lyndon Dykes opener with a quickfire Josh Windass equaliser on half an hour but were passive in the second half as goals from Stefan Johansen, Dykes again and the impressive Chris Willock completed a 4-1 win for the home side.
Smith, overseeing his third and final game with Wednesday boss Darren Moore still away from action after his positive coronavirus test, said he was bitterly disappointed with the nature of the goals conceded.
“From our point of view it wasn’t great and we could have defended them better, but credit to QPR who were very, very clinical,” he said.
“It’s a big blow, but we don’t get too high with the wins and we don’t get too low with the lows, we just keep working and we will keep fighting for every point that’s available.
“We’ll fight for the full 18 points. That’s our mentality. There’s still 18 points to play for and we will fight for every single one of them.”
Wednesday remain second-bottom of the league, seven points shy of safety and face a must-win game against a Swansea side chasing automatic promotion on Tuesday evening.
“We were positive and on the front foot,” Smith said. “We had lots of ball in their final third but couldn’t make that final touch to finish it off.
“It’s frustrating, but it’s good we’re getting into those positions. I’d be more disappointed if we weren’t getting into those positions. On a different day we maybe put three or four away and it’s a different game.”