Darren Moore’s task of keeping the Owls in the division could become nearly impossible should they taste defeat against Huddersfield Town – the Yorkshire giants are already cut seven points adrift, so failure to pick up points here would surely see them put one foot into League One.
It means the 46-year-old boss has plenty to consider in terms of team selection ahead of kickoff, and one of his biggest problems has been finding the net.
Indeed, Wednesday have only scored four goals in their last seven outings, so it is reasonable to foresee a change up top tonight.
The Owls did face table-topping Norwich last time out – a team that has the best defensive record in the division – but Jordan Rhodes did manage to find the net.
Unlike Josh Windass, who was particularly wasteful and greedy on the day. As per SofaScore, the 27-year-old only managed to pul off 42% of his seven dribbling attempts and made the third-lowest number of passes (24) of any starter.
He also came under fire after he wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead at 1-1.
Instead of playing through the wide-open Joey Pelupessy, he blasted an effort into row Z before telling the Dutchman to ‘shut his mouth’ in more colourful language. Hardly a sign of being a team player. We’ll never know if that pass would’ve created a goal, but it was certainly a better option than what conspired.
Lincoln boss Michael Appleton told Sky Sports at half-time, via YorkshireLive: “When these moments happen in games, the big moments especially when you are playing such a difficult side and you’re on the run that you’re on at the minute, it looks like a golden opportunity to slip Pelupessy in. And obviously, the option is the wrong one.”
The £15k-per-week ace, dubbed “quick” and “explosive” by his father Dean, is the Owls’ most prolific shooter, averaging 1.7 attempts per game but in return, he’s found the net only five times, via WhoScored.
On the other hand, Callum Paterson – who was dropped on Sunday – has scored more goals (six) with fewer efforts (1.2 per game). He should be starting instead, perhaps alongside Jordan Rhodes.
Moore could also call upon Derby loanee Jack Marriott too, so he’s got two other options who are far more suited to a forward role than Windass.
If the Owls want better fortunes in front of goal, then it’s time to stop fitting the former Rangers man into the side in any way possible. Moore must be ruthless and drop him his starting XI tonight.