Panto season started early in Sheffield with a joke of a performance from the Latics succumbing to ridiculously comical goals.
Malky Mackay made two changes to the starting line up on Saturday, Ben Watson made his first start of the season following his recovery from a broken leg, standing in for the ‘unwell Shaun Maloney’, James McClean came in for Roger Espinoza who dropped to the bench, but there was no place for either Andy Delort or Oriol Riera in Latics misfiring attack, the summer signings were consigned to the bench once more.
Shocking defending and woeful finishing led to yet another defeat against what can only be described as a poor Sheffield Wednesday, though the Owls did harry the Latics when in possession, the lack of fight in the heart of the team was there once again for all to see.
Semedo struck the post early on for Wednesday giving ample warning, he ran free through midfield and hit a 20 yard daisy cutter that crashed against Carson’s right hand post. It was the Latics though who took the lead.
26 minutes on the clock, James McClean’s inswinging corner from the right was met by a stooping Chris McCann who powered his header home from 8 yards out, 0-1.
Within a minute the Latics celebrations had turned to dismay as Wednesday were level. With the ball bouncing around in the 18 yard box Ivan Ramis inexplicably left his man Stevie May in the centre of the goal on the edge of the six yard box, Ramis was one of three Latics defenders drawn to the ball and when it fell to May, who had an awful conversion rate prior to the game, he had the time to pick his spot and calmly slot home past a stranded Scott Carson, a real shocker, 1-1.
A fantastic save by Scott Carson kept the scores level and late in the first half James McClean found himself through and cutting in down the left side of the Wednesday box opted to shoot instead of squaring for an unmarked McManaman 6 yards out, unfortunately the Ireland international put his effort wide.
The winning goal came on 71 minutes and was another comedy of errors, a poor clearance by Boyce was picked up by Wednesday defender Helan who ran through the midfield without a challenge being made on him, he sauntered into the Latics half, three step overs took him past Boyce, and he fired a low shot that was deflected to Maguire, his first time looping cross was met by May who out jumped Barnett and his header hit the far post, rolled across the goal line and hit the near post before trickling over despite the attempts of Taylor to clear the ball, 2-1 game over.
Sheff Weds – Westwood, Loovens, Semedo, May, Palmer, Nuhiu, Maguire, Drenthe (Lavery 89), Lees, Helan, McGugan
Subs – Kirkland, Lavery, McCabe, Maghoma, Lee, Corry, Dielna
Latics – Carson, Taylor, Ramis (Perch 46), McCann, Watson, McClean, McManaman, Boyce (Capt), Barnett, Forshaw (Espinoza 77), Fortune
Subs – Nicholls, Riera, Huws, Figueroa, Delort