Sheffield Wednesday RECAP: Garry Monk's Dominic Iorfa update and injury woes as 10-men Owls dealt late blow v QPR

Matchday again – and Sheffield Wednesday were back at Hillsborough.

The Owls faced Queens Park Rangers at home today as they looked for their first victory at S6 since way back in February, and while they avoided back-to-back defeats following the loss at Bristol City, their 1-1 draw will have felt like a loss given the manner of it.

Callum Paterson, who was snapped up from Cardiff City earlier in the week, made his debut, but injuries blighted the game for SWFC.

Sheffield Wednesday were so close to beating QPR. (Pic Steve Ellis)

Sheffield Wednesday LIVE - It’s the Owls against Queens Park Rangers today

Last updated: Saturday, 03 October, 2020, 16:57

Garry Monk’s side face QPR at Hillsborough this afternoon

  • The Owls have beaten the R’s twice in 2020 so far
  • Wednesday have waited a long time for a home win
  • SWFC XI: Dawson, Van Aken, Lees (Palmer, 4’ - Odubajo, 45’), Shaw, Harris, Dele-Bashiru (Pelupessy 69), Luongo, Bannan, Reach, Windass, Paterson.
  • QPR XI: Dieng, Kakay, Dickie, Barbet, Wallace, Cameron, Osayi-Samuel, Amos (Ball 73), Carroll (Bonne 64), Chair, Dykes.

Had we had Tom in the position then we wouldn’t have had that cross in the box, but I really couldn’t ask anymore…

We didn’t get to grips with their shape in the first half, but we corrected that in the second half. There was a glorious chance for Massimo and Reachy’s shot.

It’s very unfortunate, but the boys were tremendous in terms of their effort.

Monk on the performance

I couldn’t have asked any more from them today…

The effort, the attitude, with all the disruption of losing players before and during. It’s hard to take… It’s a shame, we hit the bar. 

Every point is vital.

And that’s it . . .

An injury-time equaliser sticks in the knife on an afternoon that for so long promised a ground-out three points. The positives from that are the second half was so much better than the first, but Monk will be disappointed to say the least his side didn’t see that one out. 

Owls 1-1 QPR.

Oh no! We’re into the final minute of additional time and Wednesday concede the lead with debutant Bonne heading home past Dawson following a ball into the box from Barbet. Unbelievable. 

After struggling for a few minutes, Lees finally succumbs and is forced off with what looks like  groin strain. Wednesday down to 10 men for the final three minutes of additional time. Paterson has moved to the back as an emergency defender. Can the Owls hold on?

Luongo against his former side turns and shoots against the bar from close range after a great lay-off by Harris, who had produced a darting run down the left and into the box at the Kop end.

At the other end van Aken is called into action to block a Dykes ball across the byline. Anxious moments there for the home side. Meanwhile, Lees looks to be struggling with an injury.

It looked like Paterson was being fouled by Dickie, but nothing given by the ref. Paterson looks perplexed to put it mildly, holding his arms up in the air in disgust. If he’d have beaten Dickie, the new boy would have been through on goal.

Yoann Barbet is booked for a cynical foul on Luongo down the Wednesday right. Bannan sends in a delicious ball into the box from the resultant free kick but no one is there to apply the finishing touch.

Lees does brilliantly to put the ball behind following a dangerous low ball into the box from the QPR right. The former Owls skipper hasn’t put a foot wrong today. Great defending.

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