Osaze Urhoghide's sending off, Cameron Dawson's form and another damaging home defeat - Four talking points after Sheffield Wednesday's crushing loss to Reading

The problems are mounting up for beleaguered Owls boss Garry Monk after their heavy home defeat to mid-table Reading.

Saturday, 15th February 2020, 6:50 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th February 2020, 4:27 pm

Goals either side of half-time from Yakou Meite, George Puscas and Sam Baldock (pen) condemned the Owls to back-to-back Championship defeats.

Here are four talking points from today’s Hillsborough tussle

Osaze Urhoghide's dismissal

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The former AFC Wimbledon youngster was sent off for two bookable offences. His first booking was harsh but Urhoghide deserved his second caution after a clumsy foul on the lively Ovie Ejaria.

Urhoghide's 49th minute dismissal gave the Owls an even bigger mountain to climb and Reading made the most of their numerical advantage.

More Hillsborough disappointment

Wednesday have now failed to score in four consecutive home league matches for the first time since November 2014. Four hundred and thirty two minutes have passed since Tom Lees' goal in their defeat to Cardiff City.

In truth, the Owls rarely looked capable of ending their long goal drought against the Royals, registering just three shots on target.

Wednesday have scored a meagre 10 goals in 13 matches on home soil since Monk’s appointment in early September.

Cameron Dawson

The homegrown goalkeeper has come under increasing scrutiny after a number of high-profile errors in recent weeks.

And Dawson did not cover himself in glory for Reading's second goal as George Puscas turned in Andy Yiadom's cross-shot.

Monk insists Dawson, who signed a new long-term contract last month, remains his No 1, despite the 24-year-old's slump in form.

A club in crisis

Wednesday look a team devoid of confidence and belief after a run of just one win from their last 10 matches. Reading hardly had to break sweat to put three goals past them.

Things have completely unravelled since Christmas and Monk is under pressure to arrest the slide.

Monk said: "We are in a cycle where results have not been good enough and, regardless of how hard we work, we can’t seem to change it."

The Owls currently sit 12th in the table, nine points adrift of the play-offs and the threat of an EFL points deduction is looming ominously in the background.