Three major stats that sum up why Sheffield Wednesday are where they are

The 2020/21 season is one to forget for Sheffield Wednesday, even if they manage to pull of a minor miracle and stay up…

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 7:12 am

Wednesday have just two games left now to save their Championship status, but – like with the past two matches – the next one could ultimately be the one that condemns them to League One football next season.

Plenty has happened over the course of the last year, including a variety of managers, several bad performances, plenty of off the field drama and some bad luck along the way, but there are three stats that probably sum up best why Wednesday are sat in the relegation zone.

Firstly, and possibly the most damning, is the fact that after 44 games, they are still the only club in the entire English Football League who is yet to win even a single point from a losing position this season.

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They’ve managed to score just four equalisers over the course of the campaign, but in all of those games they still went on to lose them and come away with nothing. Even Derby County – who haven’t won a game after falling behind – have still got a couple of draws after fighting back.

Secondly, the other end of the spectrum, is the fact that the Bristol City draw earlier this month (when they conceded in the dying embers) means that it’s now a grand total of 27 points dropped from winning positions.

Incredibly, only seven teams in the Championship have taken the lead in more games than Wednesday (23), but somehow only three have won less than them (12). In fact, if you were to take away the second half of games, the Owls would be ninth.

And thirdly, if you take a look at the entire season, Wednesday are the second worst team in the league with regards to shots per game (9.5) and also joint-second worst with regards to shots on target per game (2.9) – however Wednesday’s shots per game average has improved – by a substantial 33% - under Darren Moore.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan (right) appears dejected after the concede a goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Any of the aforementioned stats would be a problem in isolation, but put them together and it’s a recipe for disaster.

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