Miserable Sheffield Wednesday routed by five at Brentford on a rock-bottom afternoon in the capital

Miserable. Lightweight. Rotten. Sheffield Wednesday returned another lacklustre performance in a fightless start to 2020 as they surrendered to a 5-0 defeat at Brentford.

By Alex Miller
Saturday, 7th March 2020, 4:56 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th March 2020, 2:51 pm

And while the usual suspects will act as human dartboards for one of the worst displays in a generation, the Wednesday side was littered with lacklustre performances; completely bereft of quality, bite and above all desire.

Quite where this season was derailed is a debate perhaps best had over several stiff drinks, but Wednesday will hope it hit rock bottom at Griffin Park. If there is more of that to come, they’ll be looking over their shoulder with a growing sense of dread as the season limps on. This is a football side in utter freefall.

In Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma Brentford have two attacking talents well worthy of a place in the Premier League, but you can’t imagine they’ve had it so easy this season, Wednesday rolling over and offering no resistance to a promotion-chasing Bees smarting from their worst run of the campaign.

Owls keeper Cameron Dawson trails off after a 5-0 defeat.

The defence were too friendly, the midfield absent and the attack toothless. Garry Monk will once again be pushed alongside those usual names in the firing line but the Owls were once again obliterated by sloppy individual errors he can do little about.

Alessio Da Cruz chose to dribble the ball out of his own half in the 18th minute. Dispossessed. Josh Dasilva, 2-0.

By the time the third went in on 40 minutes Wednesday had wasted a couple of chances but the Bees were well worth that margin. For the second consecutive league match the Owls trudged into the break 3-0 down.

The second half threatened to come and go without occasion until Dasilva added his second and Brentford’s fourth on 73 minutes. The Bees, like Derby before them, were offered the opportunity to conserve their energy for fiercer fights and how they took it.

A dejected Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk after his side's humiliating 5-0 defeat at Brentford. Photo Steve Ellis

A fifth? Why not? Substitute Tariq Fosu climbed in on the act with eight to go. It capped a miserable afternoon for all involved.

Where Sheffield Wednesday go from here is anybody’s guess. Their last visit to the soon-to-be bulldozed Griffin Park saw them utterly demolished.