Match report: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Huddersfield Town 2

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Wednesday are perhaps at the low point of a trying season after this latest failure.

For months there was some solid away form to provide comfort despite a lack of wins.

Under-fire Owls boss Dave Jones

Under-fire Owls boss Dave Jones

That was followed by the victory against Reading and hope that they had cracked it at home at last.

But the manner of the defeat at Derby was a shaker, and now another dismal show, against Huddersfield, has suggested that the Reading game may have been a flash in the pan after all.

On top of that, the Owls next face consecutive clashes with three of the best teams in the division.

And they certainly have not been good enough to get anything out of these last two matches.

Adam Clayton drills in Huddersfield's second goal

Adam Clayton drills in Huddersfield's second goal

The only slight consolation on Saturday was that they were more in the contest than they had been at Pride Park.

But they were still outplayed by a side who defended stoutly, took enough opportunities and bounced back from their own flop, a 3-1 beating at Birmingham.

In view of the manner of the Derby defeat, it may have been no different on Saturday even if Jones had not made four changes.

Keeper Damian Martinez did okay in the basics and could not be faulted for the goals.

Jones left out Chris Kirkland, Reda Johnson and Seyi Olofinjana because he felt “they hadn’t been doing it”. He added: “I could have made a lot more changes.

“Why did I leave out Kirky? Because we haven’t kept a clean sheet and I didn’t think he was playing near to the standard he expects or I would expect from him.”

Kamil Zayatte was out because his ankle injury means an absence of eight to 10 weeks.

“Miguel Llera has played enough games to be able to slot in,” said Jones, “I thought changing Reda was the right thing, because Joe Mattock has been doing well.

“Joe did okay, Jose Semedo as well. You can’t just keep picking the same players that aren’t performing week in, week out.

“Seyi had been to Nigeria - he had something to sort out over there. I just felt that the travelling and everything else wasn’t right, and Semi has done well and was playing well before he was suspended.”

Some of the faces were different but some aspects of Wednesday’s play have been seen too often: too few chances created, no attacking rhythm, soft goals conceded, too many mistakes and too little quality.

Jones could have made an excuse out of Huddersfield’s first goal - scorer Martin Paterson was offside. But the manager seemed more concerned with the way he was left unmarked in the box.

Llera joined Roger Johnson in rushing towards Adam Clayton as he came forward and passed the ball in behind them to Paterson.

The second goal came indirectly from an Owls attack. Huddersfield played a long ball upfield and a miscontrol by Llera let

Vaughan take possession and eventually force a corner. A free shot by Ollie Norwood came back out to scorer Clayton and he too made use of a bit of space.

It looked on TV as if Matty Fryatt could have got closer.

Huddersfield played 3-5-2 and it worked. Their centre-backs dealt with most things down the middle and the Terriers had a numerical advantage in midfield. They also pulled men behind the ball and were hard to break down.

Wednesday persevered with 4-4-2, and the only change that brought some real improvement was the introduction of Jermaine Johnson in place of Michail Antonio, who had been getting no change out of left-wing-back Paul Dixon.

The visitors also had a £1 million striker in their ranks - ironically, it was he, James Vaughan, who missed the best chance of the match, a sitter in the first minute of the second half.

Alex Smithies was the busier of the two keepers, in terms of saves. He twice denied JJ, whose pace and determination caused problems, had trouble with a blast from Fryatt and saved from Connor Wickham before the latter beat him in stoppage time,

But Huddersfield were the better side on the whole.

Owls fans were encouraged by a bit of a fightback in the first 20 minutes of the second half and at one point there was a spontaneous roar from them to lift the team.But once it went 2-0 it was understandably more a case of suffering in silence, though a few joined in mischievous chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning’ from the away end.

Jones, the subject of the taunt, plans to fight on. “I do what I think is right, That’s what I’ve done

throughout my career as a player, coach and manager,” he said.” I’ve never shirked anything in my life. I expect people who work for me to do the same. I’ve had lots of good times in my career so when I have the bad times I remember the good times and what stood me in good stead.

“In the bad times you have to fight and scrap. I’ll put my hand on heart and say there’s no player in that dressing room who doesn’t want to do it; maybe they need to know how to do it.

“I didn’t kick a ball out there. We all have a responsibility. I have have a responsibility because I pick the team. I expect them to go out and perform. We’re all in it together. It will take big characters to pull out of it.”