Yorkshire news Five Sheffield Wednesday talking points after Birmingham City setback PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Owls slipped to 23rd in the table after coming unstuck against the Blues at Hillsborough yesterday, with midfielder Liam Shaw given his marching orders following two bookable offences.

Yorkshire news Five Sheffield Wednesday talking points after Birmingham City setback PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Owls slipped to 23rd in the table after coming unstuck against the Blues at Hillsborough yesterday, with midfielder Liam Shaw given his marching orders following two bookable offences.

Yorkshire news  Five Sheffield Wednesday talking points after Birmingham City setback PremierLeague-News.Com
21 February 2021 - 06:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sheffield Wednesday's relegation fears deepened after their home defeat to Birmingham City. Striker Scott Hogan bagged a 63rd minute winner for the Blues after the Owls played for the majority of the second period with 10 men following Liam Shaw’s dismissal. Wednesday almost salvaged a point in added on time but Jordan Rhodes' header was superbly turned away by Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. Victory lifted Birmingham out of the Championship relegation zone and plunged managerless Wednesday to 23rd, three points shy of safety. Here are five talking points after the Hillsborough duel. Questionable team selection Eyebrows were raised over the starting line-up caretaker boss Neil Thompson picked. He made three changes, dropping Osaze Urhoghide, Adam Reach and Rhodes to the bench. Thompson was keen to freshen things up following their second half no-show against Stoke City. Fair enough. It is easy to criticise with the benefit of hindsight Thompson's decision to rotate his squad and tweak their formation (more on that very shortly) after a disappointing result. Yorkshire Football App - Owls Yorkshire Live has launched a new dedicated football app to bring you the one stop shop for all Sheffield Wednesday news. Football Yorkshire brings you the latest transfer developments, live match coverage, injury updates and all the daily news from Hillsborough. You can customise the app to your own preferences and stay across everything you need to know, while joining the debate with Owls fans in our comments section. Download the app by clicking here https://smarturl.it/YorkshireFactbox But given Wednesday are one of the lowest scoring teams in the division and both Rhodes and Reach netted in their last home outing, it seemed slightly odd to overlook the pair. Even Urhoghide's omission appeared harsh as he was one of the Owls' better outfield performers in midweek. There is no disputing the fact that Reach was off the pace at Stoke but he is arguably their main goal threat from midfield. Not to mention he is the best crosser the Owls have on their books from the wide areas. He can hurt the opposition in the final third. And surely Rhodes deserved another opportunity to lead the line, having already scored twice this month? Josh Windass, Rhodes' replacement, put in a tireless shift and covered plenty of ground but was kept well under wraps by Birmingham's well-drilled defence. Formation change It was a big gamble by Thompson to alter their shape from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2. "I thought they would play one up front so I didn't think we needed three centre-halves picking up that one," said Thompson. "Liam Palmer has had a bit of time out of the side so I thought him and Matt Penney would give us fresh legs down the sides." Thompson rolled the dice and his bold move to change formation in a much not lose match backfired. The experiment of playing skipper Barry Bannan out wide on the left was ditched just after the half hour mark. Owls star Barry Bannan (Image: CameraSport - Dave Howarth) He said: "We played Baz in off the left and we moved him more centrally later on because I wanted to get him on the ball so I tweaked it." It was a battle of attrition in a drab, tense first period. Too often Wednesday adopted the direct approach, launching aimless long balls upfield to cough up possession cheaply. It is fair to say the playing surface is not in the best condition. It is hardly conducive to playing slick, passing football. But Thompson's side lacked cohesion, urgency and tempo in their play for long periods of the contest, creating precious few goal-scoring opportunities. Credit Birmingham for keeping them at arm's length.

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. You could sense the nerves and the lack of attacking flair and inspiration on both sides was evident. Yet the visitors produced one moment of quality to leave S6 with maximum points. Liam Shaw's red card This was the turning point. The midfielder was unlucky to pick up his first booking. Referee Lee Mason penalised Shaw upending Ivan Sanchez. Did Shaw catch him? There looked minimal contact and Sanchez theatrically threw himself to the ground to make the challenge appear worse than it actually was. What about Shaw's second caution? He recklessly launched himself into strong challenge on Maxime Colin. He caught the man with his trailing leg as well as the ball. Read More Related Articles 'The Wednesday Way!' Sheffield Wednesday fans are saying the same thing after Liam Shaw red card Read More Related Articles What Neil Thompson said on Liam Shaw's sending off against Birmingham City and the system change There was no need for Shaw to go to ground. It was a rash, completely unnecessary tackle. It is the second time Shaw has been sent off this season and he will miss the next two fixtures at a time when Wednesday need as many players as possible available for first-team duty. "He might have to be a little bit more disciplined in what he does, but at the end of the day you don't want to take that tenacity out of anybody," insisted Thompson. "If there's a player who enjoys the physical challenge and that tackling side of the game, you don't have to knock it out of him you just have to be a bit more calculated." The brutal truth is the Owls did not do anywhere near enough to win with 11 men, let alone 10. A worrying trend There was an inevitability about Wednesday's latest setback. They have slipped up countless times this term against teams on poor runs of form. Birmingham ought to have been there for the taking yesterday. The Blues travelled to S6 low on confidence and self belief, having recorded just one victory from their previous 14 outings, and with the pressure mounting on boss Aitor Karanka. Read More Related Articles Sheffield Wednesday player ratings: Liam Shaw's red card proves costly in Birmingham City defeat Read More Related Articles Neil Thompson's first words on the Birmingham City defeat and Liam Shaw's dismissal Stoke went 11 without a win before beating the Owls last week. Millwall had gone over three months without a home win prior to Wednesday's recent visit. I could go on. If the Owls are to escape relegation, they must quickly raise their game. Perspective Wednesday have 16 cup finals left to save their season. There are 48 points to play for. Time is still on their side. "We have to dust ourselves down," said Thompson. "There is still a long way to go. We have got to fight." The lack of goals remains a big concern but the Owls still have a fighting chance of climbing to safety. All is not lost.

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