Sheffield Wednesday 2:0 Leicester City
It was not a happy homecoming for Nigel Pearson with a poor performance from City seeing them go down 2-0 at Hillsborough…
The traditional curse kicked in immediately with Nigel Pearson and Paul Gallagher named the Championship’s manager and player of the month for February… neither man had an afternoon to remember.
City were unchanged from the side that beat Forest, but they appeared to be caught cold by Wednesday, who charged forward right from the kick off.
In the first minute Weale had to be sharp to block a low shot from Clarke, and the pressure stayed on City’s goal until Wednesday took a 6th minute lead.
A ball into the area from Potter took a deflection into the path of Clarke who hammered it past Weale for an emphatic finish.
Tudgay then went close with an effort across goal, with City looking a little bewildered at this stage.
They managed to get a grip on proceedings after the ten minute mark however, and went in search of an equaliser.
Gallagher, fed by Dyer, fired a shot over the bar when well placed.
When City did manage to get through a well drilled Owls defence they found keeper Grant in excellent form. Twice he denied Waghorn, and one save especially was superb with him diving low to his right to get a hand to the ball when it looked destined for the net.
City suffered a further setback on the half hour when the ever present Weale picked a up facial injury at the feet of Tudgay and the City keeper had to make way for Logan.
Wednesday had offered little but some heavy tackling since their lively opening spell but they took their lead down the tunnel at half time.
The Owls then started the second half as they had the first with City stretched by some good attacking moves.
Logan made a good save from Johnson and Wednesday kept the pressure on with three corners.
On the hour Wednesday doubled their lead when Johnson broke down the right and crossed for Clarke to finish from close in. They had gone through City like a knife through butter with neither Brown or Morrisson showing enough presence.
City desperately needed a goal at this stage but Dyer’s fine effort was tipped over the bar by Grant for another excellent save.
Wednesday sat back defending the vital lead they needed to hold on to in their relegation battle and City couldn’t convert pressure into goals. Waghorn ran his socks off as usual but bounced off a blue and white striped wall, and Kermorgant, on for Gallagher, sent a couple of chances over the bar. There was no way through.
The large City following had nothing to cheer all afternoon and the eight game unbeaten run was over, but in this division days like this come along every now and again.
Sheff Wed: Grant, Purse, Spurr (Simek 46), Nolan, Beevers, Johnson (Varney 69), Potter, Miller, O’Connor, Tudgay, Clarke (Soares 82). Subs Not Used: Jeffers, Gray, McAllister, O’Donnell.
Leicester: Weale (Logan 31), Brown, Berner (Howard 69), Hobbs, Morrison, King, Oakley, Wellens, Dyer, Gallagher (Kermorgant 69), Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Solano, Bruce, N’Guessan, Adams.
Referee: P Gibbs (West Midlands). Attendance: 21,647.