Jamie Smith voices frustration at Sheffield Wednesday errors

Sheffield Wednesday are still in with a shout of survival in the Championship this season despite things being out of their own hands, but that was almost not the case over the weekend.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 12:30 pm

The Owls needed to avoid defeat against Nottingham Forest and hope that Derby County didn’t get a result in their game against Derby County – both of those eventualities came to pass, but Wednesday were very nearly masters of their own downfall.

While their clash with Forest ended 0-0 in their final home game of the 2020/21 campaign, it was largely down to a Keiren Westwood save in the first half that ultimately ended up keeping them in the division for at least another week.

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Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager Jamie Smith was frustrated with some player errors over the weekend. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Westwood, as well as Adam Reach, Julian Börner and many others were all guilty of making individual errors over the course of the game at Hillsborough, and stand-in manager, Jamie Smith admitted that it’s far from ideal as he watches on from the sidelines.

Speaking to The Star after the game, he said, “It’s very frustrating – but fortunately today it didn’t lead to any goals and we didn’t concede… The mood is one of disappointment, we’re disappointed not to get the three points. It’s something we’ve built up through the week about getting all three points, so it’s obviously disappointing that we didn’t get them.

“We weren’t as clean in our decision-making as we wanted to be, or needed to be.”

Wednesday now have to wait on tomorrow night’s game between Rotherham United and Luton Town to see whether they stand a good chance of staying up with a win over Derby next weekend, with a Millers win in either of their final two matches likely to send them down on goal difference even with a victory at Pride Park.

It remains to be seen whether manager, Darren Moore, will be recovered in time to make the trip to Derby as he battles the aftereffects of COVID-19, but Smith did allude to the fact that he could potentially be in the stands if he continues to improve at his current trajectory.

Wednesday face Derby in their final game of the season at 12.30pm on May 8th.

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