Fri 10 Feb 17
at 21:45 PM
Report: Sheffield Wednesday 3 Blues 0
It was a disappointing night in Yorkshire for Gianfranco Zola's side as they were humbled 3-0 at Hillsborough.
The result flattered Wednesday but Jordan Rhodes, Sam Winnall and Adam Reach secured the win for the Owls.
Blues didn't get off the best start and found themselves trailing after only nine minutes through home debutant Rhodes. Ross Wallace's in-swinging free-kick was nodded home by the striker at the far post.
That kicked Blues into life and they were unlucky not to be level when the Wednesday upright was struck twice in as many minutes. The first through a deflected Craig Gardner free-kick, then a minute later, full-back Emilio Nsue saw his effort cannon off the post.
Blues grew into the game and enjoyed much of the ball during the opening 45 minutes. Jutkiewicz saw a looping header go over the top and Gardner saw a dangerous delivery gathered well by the Wednesday 'keeper Westwood, but Nsue's effort was as close as they came.
The hosts looked dangerous as they looked to break quickly. Winnall nearly capitalising on a mis-communication between Tomasz Kuszczak and Jonathan Grounds, but his effort was deflected inches wide.
Both sides came out for the second-half and created chances.
Kuszczak was equal to Winnall's low effort before Gardner had a couple of chances, one from distance and a free-kick that found the side netting.
Blues again enjoyed a lot of the ball and created some good openings in and around the Wednesday area. Cheick Keita got forward but his pull backs couldn't find a red shirt in the middle, whilst David Davis also saw his effort from the edge of the area deflect over the bar.
Gardner continued to carry Blues' threat as he tried his luck again from distance seeing his effort strike the crossbar with tensions mounting at Hillsborough.
However, with Zola's side pushing for that deserved equalsier, the hosts put the game beyond Blues. Moments after striking the crossbar, Winnall's diving header effectively killed the game.
And then with four minutes remaining Reach slotted home to make it three.
A disappointing result to a match that deserved much more.