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Sheffield Wednesday have slipped outside of playoff contention as the Championship embarks on the final international break of 2019.
Garry Monk’s side were pegged back last time out, meaning they sit three points off fifth position.
Swansea City defender Ben Wilmot scrambled home a late equaliser at the back post just minutes after the Owls thought they had won it with Morgan Fox surprisingly getting on the scoresheet.
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It’s the second time in as many games that lapses in concentration have seriously halted any chance of a positive result as Blackburn Rovers fought from behind to clinch a victory a week earlier.
But as bad as their lack of game management is, there is a more pressing concern on Monk’s hands, and it really goes to show why they couldn’t defeat the Swans despite recording 20 shots at goal.
Wednesday are technically, well at least currently, the eighth-best side in the division, but in terms of converted chances, they rank fourth from bottom, which is effectively relegation form.
From 65 attempts at goal, the fifth most in the league, Monk’s side have bagged just 21 goals meaning they have managed to net only 32.3% of their chances, per Transfermarkt.
The Championship’s basement boys are only 5% behind in this statistic, so that tells you everything you need to know.
This is further reinforced by EFL Stats‘ xG (expected goals) table, where it states that the south Yorkshire side should be sitting in third position, tied on points with second-placed Brentford.
It means that the Owls are currently performing way below their actual level as had they converted more chances, then they’d surely be in a much stronger position towards the top of the table.
Wednesday’s inability to finish their chances is quite damning and undoubtedly highlights where Monk’s work must be signalled over this international break.