Date:Sunday November 29 2009
28/11/09 - 3pm
Wednesday hit arguably their lowest point of the season as high-flying West Brom made light work of Brian Laws' lacklustre men on a day to forget for Wednesdayites at Hillsborough.
Former Swindon Town man Simon Cox bagged a first-half brace, while Jerome Thomas also found the back of the net as the visitors eased into a 3-0 advantage at half-time.
The Owls improved in the second half - they couldn't get much worse - but the Baggies still added a fourth to heap more pressure on boss Laws, and it just had to come through former Owls man Chris Brunt to round off a woeful day at S6.
Some may say the quality of West Brom in comparison to the Owls made it difficult on the day, but Wednesday just didn't turn up, and paid the heavy price as they surged ever closer to the Championship relegation spots.
Despite signing Warren Feeney and Tom Soares on loan on Thursday, Laws kept the duo on the bench, with just one change from the side that drew at Ipswich last time out in Leon Clarke taking Luke Varney's place in attack.
West Brom were slightly understrength coming into the game following a number of injuries, but still fielded a side easily capable of getting promotion to the Premier League this season.
Despite the scoreline, Wednesday made the slighly brighter start and had the first attempt on goal when former Owls loanee Scott Carson comfortably dealt with a Marcus Tudgay effort.
West Brom quickly upped their gear though and twice came close, only for Lee Grant to deny them, before Thomas took a tumble in the box, and probably should have booked for simulation.
Grant, although making the two early saves, was in for a bad day though, and could do little to stop what was to come, thanks to some comical defending at the back.
The breakthrough came on 23 minutes when Cox was left unmarked inside the box to steer a Graham Dorrons corner into the back of the net.
Wednesdayites could maybe have forgiven the early breakthrough from what is, no doubt, a quality Championship side, but they couldn't forgive the poor marking at the back that allowed the visitors to double their lead on the half hour mark.
Thomas sent Brunt through in plenty of space on the left, with Simek nowhere to be seen, and he sent a cross in which the Wednesday defence failed to deal with and Cox gladly made it 2-0.
The chorus of booing started to go around S6, and the confidence of the players on the pitch was clearly on a low as Spurr almost conceded a penalty for a rash challenge on Cox not after.
Laws was looking to shore up his defence with Mark Beevers just as West Brom bagged what was surely a decisive third through more poor defending.
Thomas took a pass from the on-song Cox and he powered it by Grant and into the bottom corner for 0-3.
Beevers was introduced for Spurr - it could have been any one of the back four- as Buxton went to left-back and Beevers partnered Hinds at the centre of the Owls' defence, which kept the Baggies strike force out until half-time.
It was almost inevitable what was to happen in the second half, with Laws no doubt blasting his failing troops in the dressing room at half-time, and Roberto Di Matteo's men happy to sit on their comfortable 3-0 lead on the resumption.
That's how the second half panned out, and although Wednesday did show slight signs of improvement, they really couldn't get any worse.
The visitors more than comfortably dealt with all the Owls attack had to throw at them in the second half.
New signing Tom Soares was introduced into the attack at the expense of Jermaine Johnson who, although not having a great game, looked like the biggest threat going forward compared to the other players on the pitch in blue and white.
Soares still looked relatively un-match fit as he tried his best to make an impression on the Wednesday faithful - many of whom left early in the second half for a quick getaway.
Moore came close for West Brom late on, before that man Brunt put the icing on the cake for the Baggies with a four goal not long before the final whistle.
He was left un-marked, unsurprisingly, at the edge of the box, and took it on his right foot to power a low effort by Grant and round up the scoring.
Defeats against Watford and Derby County were poor, and against relatively poorer teams, but this defeat could well be the lowest that Brian Laws has had to suffer - especially being on home soil - and Wednesday will have to bounce back in some style against Reading next week.
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Date:Sunday November 29 2009
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