Costly er­rors frus­trate Owls coach Luhukay

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

JOS LUHUKAY ad­mits his Sh­effield Wed­nes­day team need to tighten up in de­fence in or­der to avoid sim­i­lar dis­ap­point­ments to the one suf­fered at the hands of Derby County at Hills­bor­ough on Satur­day.

Adam Reach had put the home side in front be­fore Derby hit back to win with goals from Harry Wil­son and Jack Mar­riott, with nei­ther side adding to their tally af­ter the break.

The open­ing goal came in the 12th minute when Barry Ban­nan’s lofted de­liv­ery into the area found Reach on the right-hand side and he slot­ted the ball past Scott Car­son from a nar­row an­gle.

But the Rams equalised in the 29th minute when Duane Holmes found Mar­riott in­side the area and when his ini­tial ef­fort was blocked, the ball fell to Wil­son, who volleyed it beyond Cameron Daw­son.

Six min­utes later, the im­pres- sive Mar­riott scored what proved to be the win­ner when he re­ceived the ball from Flo­rian Joze­f­zoon and got in between two Owls de­fend­ers be­fore ad­vanc­ing into the area and fir­ing an early shot past Daw­son.

Af­ter Mor­gan Fox headed over from Fer­nando Forestieri’s cor­ner, Derby went close to adding a third in first-half stop­page time when Mar­riott’s first-time ef­fort hit the bar.

Af­ter the break, Forestieri wasted a great chance af­ter re­ceiv­ing the ball from Reach, shoot­ing wide from a good po­si­tion in­side the area and Wed­nes­day went close to an equaliser when Fox headed against a post.

“When you lose a game, you aren’t happy, you’re dis­ap­pointed,” said Luhukay.

“I think in the first 30 min­utes we played very good and came strong in the game. We made a good first goal from Adam and we tried to put pres­sure on.

“We lose af­ter the 30 min­utes. In five min­utes, we gave away two goals too eas­ily due to in­di­vid­ual mis­takes. We had a dif­fi­cult time in the last 10 min­utes be­fore half time.

“The team gave every­thing to the last minute and I think there were two or three very good chances – Fer­nando had maybe the best chance to score and Mor­gan Fox’s header hit the post.

“It’s very frus­trat­ing when we look back on the last six or seven games and see how easy we give goals away.”

PIC­TURE: STEVE EL­LIS.

POINT­LESS DAY: Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Lu­cas Joao bat­tles with Derby County’s Fikayo To­mori at Hills­bor­ough on Satur­day.

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