Sheffield Wednesday suffered yet another defeat in a Yorkshire derby as Tony Pulis’ winless run in charge of the Owls continued this afternoon.
Local rivals Barnsley came from behind in the first half to secure a 2-1 victory at Hillsborough Stadium, meaning it’s now three draws and four defeats since the 62-year-old took over from Garry Monk.
It also leaves Wednesday still sat rock-bottom on nine points, some four points from safety.
Josh Windass opened the scoring with a tap-in from close range in the fourth minute, but the Tykes soon rallied with a comeback.
They equalised through a Cauley Woodrow header before Dominik Frieser fired home a fine team-effort all by the 37th minute.
After the match, Pulis lambasted his side and dubbed their opener “comical” and indeed, he isn’t far from the truth. It all swung down to the display of Joe Wildsmith between the sticks for the Owls.
No other player picked up a worse rating (6.1) and it is hardly a surprise to see why.
The 24-year-old academy graduate also lost possession 28 times, more than any other player. He even struggled with the accuracy of his goal kicks, making just 20 of 47 passes (43%), via SofaScore.
It’s made worse by the fact that he was so heavily involved, recording 50 touches, which was more than Moses Odubajo and Windass, who both played the full 90 minutes.
YorkshireLive’s Dom Howson summed it up well in his match ratings, giving the young shot-stopper a five out of ten, he said:
“His kicking was poor early on and will feel he should have done better for Woodrow’s goal when he flapped at a corner. ”
Owls first-choice, Keiren Westwood, has been out injured, so it may be time to turn to Cameron Dawson, who was often favoured under Monk.
Wildsmith deserves to be axed after such a shocking and pathetic display and it’s not like Pulis is light on options between the sticks.