Sheffield Wednesday’s league rivals see loanee recalled, former Barnsley and Sunderland boss under pressure

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Here are the key headlines from across EFL League One as Darren Moore’s side get set to face Accrington Stanley this weekend.

Sheffield Wednesday were knocked out of the EFL Cup last night following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Premier League side Southampton at St Mary’s.

The Owls took a 24th minute lead through Josh Windass but James Ward-Prowse leveled for the hosts from the penalty spot in first half stoppage time. The score remained 1-1 meaning the tie went to a shoot-out which the Saints won 6-5. Darren Moore’s side now turn their attention back to league duties and will prepare for a trip to Accrington Stanley this weekend.

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Wednesday go into the match sitting third with the chance to go second depending on Ipswich Town’s result. The Tractor Boys are at home to Cheltenham Town. Meanwhile, here are the key news stories for Thursday from across EFL League One:

Southampton terminate Thierry Small deal

Per Football Insider, Premier League side Southampton have recalled defender Thierry Small from his loan spell at League One side Port Vale. The 18-year old has signed on a sean long deal in the summer but the Saints have terminated that contract, apparently due to a lack of game time. Small was signed for £5m from Everton and loaned out to Vale but competition for places in his prefered role at left back saw his chances limited.

Former Barnsley and Southampton boss under pressure as poor form continues

Lee Johnson, who has had spells as manager of Barnsley and Sunderland during their time in the third tier, is under pressure after his Hibernian side were beaten 2-0 at home by Ross County on Tuesday night. The defeat in Edinburgh made it four losses in their last five games but veteran defender Lewis Stevenson has backed his gaffer and said the players need to do more. Speaking to The Scotsman, the 34-year old commented: “I feel for the gaffer because there are only so many things he can do.

“We have a talented bunch of players and good athletes – I see them training every day – but we need to do it on the pitch. We were set up properly, and we know our jobs but when we get to games it’s individual errors, people not taking their chances and a lack of quality.”

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