Sheffield Wednesday’s Neil Thompson criticises Owls for ‘reverting to type’ in the second half against Luton Town

Sheffield Wednesday did their best Jekyll and Hyde impression on Saturday as they endured a second half collapse against Luton Town, and their manager was not happy with it at all.

Saturday, 27th February 2021, 5:44 pm
Sheffield Wednesday threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Luton Town. (Tess Derry/PA Wire)

The Owls were comfortable at the break, 2-0 up thanks to a Josh Windass brace and very good value for their lead having completely dominated the first half.

But after a tactical switch from the Hatters at half time, Thompson’s side well to pieces, conceding three goals in the second stanza to make it four defeats on the bounce and finish the evening six points adrift of Championship safety.

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When asked for his thoughts on the second half, ‘Thommo’ said that they ‘reverted to type’ after the first goal went in.

Speaking afterwards he explained, “One or two looked out on their feet a bit, but that’s not an excuse - they’re paid to do their job, and you’ve got to do it. You’ve got to put your body where it hurts and we weren’t able to do that in the second half.

“Everyone has got to put their hand up - no matter whether you’re senior or a young player. Whatever you see yourself at, you can’t wait for somebody else. You’ve got to do it yourself.

“We did that first half, but second half we reverted to type a little bit.

“Everybody knows the mistakes we make, and it’s having that reaction to do something about it. We have, but we only did half a job today and got sucker punched in the second half - as we’ve had a few times this season…

“There’s no nail in a coffin yet because there’s point to play for, there are 14 games left, but we’ve got to fight and scrap like we did in the first half, not go into our shells like we did in the second half.”

Next up for SWFC is a must-win game against fellow strugglers, Rotherham United, on Wednesday night as they look to try and get back on track after a nightmare couple of weeks – however they won’t be able to get out of the relegation zone until at least the weekend.

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