Sheffield Wednesday’s shocking run of form continued on Sunday afternoon as they succumbed to a seventh successive league defeat at Hillsborough Stadium.
It leaves the Owls seven points adrift of safety with only 11 games left to play, so Darren Moore has a monumental task on his hands to keep the Yorkshire giants in the Championship.
Several of his players weren’t at the races as Norwich City came from behind to pick up a victory – despite recording more shots on target, the visitors dominated possession (60%) and caused plenty of problems to Wednesday’s backline.
Young, versatile defender Osaze Urhoghide, in particular, struggled to combat the threat of Teemu Pukki, Todd Cantwell and Emi Buendia as all three would have a say in the Canaries’ second-half double.
SofaScore handed the 20-year-old colossus the lowest rating (6.1) of any starter at Hillsborough as he faltered on the left-hand side of a back three. He had been playing right-back in most matches under Moore’s stewardship.
YorkshireLive reporter Dom Howson was similarly scathing in his verdict, handing Urhoghide a joint-low rating of 6/10. He claimed: ‘Like his counterparts, Urhoghide stuck to his task on the left to frustrate the visitors. Looked uncomfortable at times in possession but he was not overawed by the occasion.’
Cantwell’s match-winner came from his area on the pitch, whilst Buendia (7.6 rating) was a constant nuisance on that flank too.
Evidently, Urhoghide is still young and raw, and that was displayed in his inability to win his battles. The Owls starlet won just one of nine duels, both on the ground and in the air, meaning he failed to come out on top against the opposition 89% of the time, and that’s only going to invite pressure onto the defence.
This was by far the weakest return of any Owls player on the day.
Indeed it did invite that pressure. He had to put in two clearances and two interceptions but he was also dribbled past on two occasions, as per SofaScore. That only emphasises his struggles against players who were competing in the Premier League last term.
No other Owls player was dribbled past more than Urhoghide, whilst seven other players managed more tackles (zero), including forward Josh Windass (three), via SofaScore.
In the absence of the suspended Julien Borner and the seemingly injured Chey Dunkley, the young Wednesday prodigy really needed to step up and make a statement, even more so given the interest in his services ahead of the summer.
He badly let Moore down with a frustratingly lightweight display.
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