Sheffield Wednesday moved off the bottom of the Championship table for the very first time this season after they held Millwall to a stalemate at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.
Garry Monk’s men had their 12 point deduction halved during the week and their draw with the Lions lifted them above Derby County, but only by goal difference.
The under-pressure Owls boss lambasted his side and their inability to put the ball in the back of the net, he told the BBC: “There is a bit of disbelief how we haven’t won that game,” before going onto add: “A bit more ruthless finishing and less good goalkeeping – that’s all we need.”
It is indeed true that the Yorkshiremen edged the encounter, they registered seven attempts on target, something the visitors failed to manage themselves having fired nine shots off target.
The Owls were also hugely dominant with the ball, recording 61% possession throughout the 90 minutes.
Only the Rams have scored fewer goals in the Championship this season, so there’s clearly a lot of work to be done in an attacking sense and one finger could be pointed at the creation of chances, something that Josh Windass was pretty wasteful at doing this weekend.
The 26-year-old joined permanently in the summer after a pretty decent loan spell at the club last season and it was his ninth start, though he has assisted just one goal since their opening day win at Cardiff City. That’s nine of ten matches without a direct contribution, per Transfermarkt.
Against Millwall, Windass had four shots, neither of which amounted to a goal, and also recorded just one key pass, lost possession ten times and failed deliver a single accurate cross from three attempts.
It’s no wonder the Owls failed to score – you can have all the energy in the world, but at the end of the day, you have to stick the ball in the back of the net.
Not doing so is only proving costly.
Forget Izzy Brown, Jack Marriott and Adam Reach, Monk firstly needs to find Windass’ best position – whether in the hole, or upfront, and secondly, needs to get him firing on all cylinders.
His season-best of five goals and two assists in one league season is not promising for either aspect.