LiveSheffield Wednesday LIVE: Owls beaten by Watford - Jamie Smith speaks to the media from Vicarage Road

Sheffield Wednesday travel to Watford’s Vicarage Road for the first time since 2015...

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 4:58 pm
Sheffield Wednesday players around the referee against Watford. (David Klein/Sportimage)

The Owls went into the international break high on confidence after a good away win against Barnsley, but on paper it’ll be a far bigger challenge against a Hornets side gunning for automatic promotion back into the Premier League.

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Alex Miller’s going to be at the ground bringing you all the updates from there, and Joe Crann’s watching from the sofa with everybody else to keep this live blog ticking over with all the news.

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Smith on Paterson at RWB

There’s a few players in the squad that we feel can play different positions. It’s been like that since we came in. Pato played RB a lot in his career, so it wasn’t a problem for him.

They’re a top team in this division, but it’s a game we relish.

Smith on Lees and Wildsmith

It’s a tightness in his calf, and we’ll check on him.

Keiren is still having a problem with his ribs. We’re working daily with him.

Smith on moving forward

We’ll go over the game, reflect on it, build on it and move on.

It’s crucial that we win on Monday, but I don’t think it’s ‘must-win’. We’re very confident that we can stay up.

I hope you can see the improvements, we can. Their work ethic, desire, and eagerness to take things on board.

I’m enjoying it personally, I’d just like a few more points on the board.

We found out yesterday that he wouldn’t be here... He stayed behind in Sheffield, but he’s ok. He was watching the game and kept contact during the game over the phone.

We don’t know when he’ll be back.

Smith on the result and goal

I’m disappointed for them... I thought we did enough to get something out of it.

It’s good that we’re creating opportunities, and hopefully things will fall for us soon.

I’ve had a brief look at it, but it looks offside to me. The first pass to Sarr looks offside.

They said that the cross that came across, because it was an own goal it wasn’t offside.

It’s the first pass we looked at, and that looked offside to me. I need to look at it a bit more closely.

Jamie Smith is here...

Lets see what he’s got to say.

Xisco’s ambitions

Our first priority is to make the Play-Offs, the second priority is second place, and if possible then we’d like to win the league. We’re very ambitious, everybody is working very hard for that.

I think the referee was good, it was a normal goal... We think about the next game now.

I think he was right to give it, there was nothing special. 100% it’s an own goal, and that’s finished.

I think our players understood perfectly our game, and showed a really strong mentality... We played a good opponent who played well, but our players gave it all for the team.

All over. 1-0 it ends.

Wednesday beaten by Watford and they remain second bottom of the Championship. All over.

Watford hammer it over the Wednesday bar with a tired effort from outside the box... It’s up the other end, but they have a goalkick now. Two minutes left for SWFC, but it’s looking unlikely - this Watford side is too good and too experienced to let this slip now.

t’s not happening here...

Wednesday still 1-0 down, and Watford’s rearguard has been excellent for the most part today. The Owls just can’t seem to break through, really. We’re into added time now - five minutes to snatch something.

And over in the Rotherham game

Wednesday’s relegation rivals just missed a penalty... They’re still losing 1-0 to Millwall

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