Sheffield Wednesday’s disastrous home form continued this weekend as they were defeated at a spectator-less Hillsborough Stadium.
Garry Monk’s side are without a win on their own patch since February this year after Luton Town, who look a surprisingly strong side this season, piled on the pressure in south Yorkshire.
The Owls are still rock bottom in the Championship with four more points to overcome before they wipe off their -12 deduction. It means they are also currently eight points off leaving the drop zone.
Plenty will be quick to blame Dutch defender Joost van Aken, especially after his stinker against Brentford in midweek, as he was sent off in the 71st minute but the player who made way for Monk’s quick tactical shuffle just four minutes later was arguably the worst player in the pitch.
Having played a little over 80% of the match, Jack Marriott was largely anonymous, managing just 14 touches all game.
The 26-year-old fired three shots, none of which on target, made just three of five passes, committed four fouls as a striker and also won only five of a whopping 17 duels (29%), per SofaScore.
It was like Wednesday were already playing with ten men before van Aken’s red card and it’s absolutely no surprise that Monk subbed him off for Julian Borner, even over Elias Kachunga, who notched fewer shots in 90 minutes.
Marriott abysmally let his boss down with his lightweight and invisible display.
The £2.16m-rated Derby man joined the Owls on loan this summer and has featured in all but one of their league outings this season. In that time, Marriott has started five games, scoring just one goal.
During performances like this, the summer flop is doing very little to convince his manager to not only start him but to make that temporary switch a permanent one.
The Rams have a recall clause in January and going by that showing, Phillip Cocu won’t be quick to pull the trigger.