Jordan Rhodes’ opener against Norwich City gave the Owls the lead in a Championship game for the 18th time in the 2020/21 campaign, however second half goals from Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell meant that Wednesday were left with nothing to show for their much-improved performance.
The Owls and the Canaries are at completely different ends of the spectrum when it comes to points earned from winning positions, with Norwich having won 21 of the 23 games in which they’ve taken the lead – compared to a Wednesday side who have won nine of 18.
SWFC are averaging 1.72 points from games where they’ve taken the lead, a record that is the third worst in the league ahead of Birmingham City (1.71) and Huddersfield (1.68). They’re comfortably middle of the road for the Championship in terms of going ahead in games, but just two clubs (Birmingham and Wycombe Wanderers) have got less overall victories.
So that’s when taking the lead… But when you look at coming from behind, it gets even worse.
As things stand currently, the Owls are the only club in the entire division not to have picked up a single point after going behind in a league game this season.
14 times they’ve gone behind, 14 times they’ve lost.
In fact, Wednesday have only managed to equalise on two separate occasions over the course of the current campaign (once against Brentford and again v Rotherham United), but in both games they went on to concede again and ultimately lose the match.
Of course the highest points per game when going behind (1.5, Brentford) is still lower than the lowest points per game when going ahead (1.68, Huddersfield), showing the importance of the first goal – however if Wednesday can’t take advantage of being ahead, and can’t fight back from behind, then it’s not too difficult to see why they’re where they are in the table.
Darren Moore has 11 games to save SWFC, but if they go down to League One then it’s certainly not his fault.