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‘Awful; League One beckons’: Some Owls fans criticise Thompson decision in Coventry defeat

Some Sheffield Wednesday supporters have taken to Twitter to criticise the starting line up consisting of two holding midfielders in the defeat at Coventry City.

The Owls headed into the game knowing they must get wins on the board quickly.

Recent victories for Rotherham United, Queens Park Rangers and Derby County have opened up a gap near the bottom, with the Owls six points from safety.

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Coventry started the game seven points clear of Wednesday. A win for the visitors would have brought the Sky Blues right back into danger. However, it wasn’t to be.

The hosts ran out 2-0 winners. Wednesday rarely threatened or looked like scoring, and some Owls fans felt the midfield duo of Sam Hutchinson and Joey Pelupessy was far too defensive.

Hutchinson returned to the Owls this month having left Hillsborough last summer.

The former Chelsea man is versatile and can operate both at centre-back or in midfield. Many expected him to initially provide cover at the back with Dominic Iorfa out injured for the season.

But interim manager Neil Thompson opted to go with Hutchinson and Pelupessy in midfield. In a game Wednesday must have targeted for a win, it was a backwards step.

Barry Bannan ended up dropping deeper, leaving Josh Windass completely isolated upfront while wide players Adam Reach and new signing Andre Green couldn’t get into the game.

Thompson got an initial reaction out of the players after Tony Pulis’s dismissal. However, the performance at Coventry was just as bad as those served up in December.

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Wednesday can’t afford to be passive. In their situation, they must look for victories as draws won’t be enough with teams just above them gaining some momentum.

The Owls still have a few days left in the transfer window to bring in some much-needed attacking reinforcements, while the search for a new manager continues.

Also see: Report: Prospective new Owls manager decides against pursuing Hillsborough job

Also see: ‘I was let go’: £25m Everton man shares story of Sheffield Wednesday rejection

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