Sheffield Wednesday missed out on a chance to move fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table last night after a 2-1 defeat at home to Brentford. Wednesday made two changes to the starting 11 that started against Nottingham Forest at the weekend, Jack Hunt and Daniel Pudil came out of the side, in came Liam Palmer and Ross Wallace. Adam Reach moved to left back and Barry Bannan moved back to the left midfielder position. Almen Abdi retained his position in the team after a fantastic performance at Nottingham Forest at the weekend.
Wednesday Line up: Westwood; Palmer, Sasso, Loovens (Fletcher 81), Reach; Wallace, Abdi (McManaman 67), Hutchinson, Bannan (Winnall 45); Forestieri, Rhodes.
Subs: Wildsmith, Pudil, Semedo, Jones, McManaman, Winnall, Fletcher
Brentford Line up: Bentley; Colin, Dean, Egan, Henry (Field 86), Yennaris, McEachran (Kerschbaumer 45+7), Woods, Jota, Sawyers, Canos (Jozefzoon 63).
Subs: Bjelland, Jozefzoon, Bonhham, Kerschbaumer, Clarke, Field, Shaibu
Referee: Darren Bond
It was a controversial first half for Wednesday. It was a very mixed start, Wednesday began the game 2nd best, but had a few chances to take the lead including a cross into the box from Liam Palmer, but headed just over the top from Jordan Rhodes. Brentford took the lead through a free kick from Ryan Woods that was converted by John Egan. Dean then doubled their lead from a corner before the break. Forestieri had a penalty appeal in the first half, while Jordan Rhodes had an effort cleared off the line and Steven Fletcher headed against the post from close range. The second half was much better than the first from an Owls point of view, but also a frustrating one. Fernando Forestieri was determined to make an impact in the second half and tried to get the Owls back in it after a free kick was heading into the top right corner from the man himself, but was saved by Bentley. Substitute Callum McManaman caused problems for Brentford down that left hand side and got an assist by passing to Fernando Forestieri to bend it into the top right corner from outside the box in the 93rd minute. The Owls stay 6th despite the result and remain 7 points in front of Play Off chasing Norwich. The Owls are 2 points off going 4th and only behind Leeds in 5th on Goal Difference.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal said: “The referee in the first half was a disaster. A very poor performance, he made everybody nervous, he made the fans nervous, he made my players nervous and he made me nervous.”
Brentford Manager Dean Smith said: “We knew it would be tough here but I thought in the first half we controlled the game. We deserved to go in at the break in front.”
Bookings for Sheffield Wednesday: Forestieri
Bookings for Brentford: Dean, Yennaris, Sawyers