Spirited Sheffield Wednesday unable to slow Norwich City’s march to the Premier League

Darren Moore is still waiting for his first win as Sheffield Wednesday manager but cannot be too disheartened following a spirited performance against runaway Championship leaders Norwich City on Sunday.

Jordan Rhodes opens the scoring for Wednesday (Picture: Steve Ellis)

Wednesday led at half-time and were playing the better football before Norwich City injected a bit of urgency and some clinical finishing in the second half to continue their march back to the Premier League.

The Owls, by contrast, will in all likelihood be playing in League One next season; this defeat leaves them seven points adrift of safety with 11 games left to play.

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A six-point deduction and four different managers is hardly a recipe for success.

Jordan Rhodes celebrates opening the scoring for Wednesday (Picture: Steve Ellis)

Moore is the fourth of those managers and this is only his third game but while his first was headlined by losing in the last minute to the 10 men of Rotherham before being swept aside by Reading, they at least made Norwich think here.

Jordan Rhodes calmly side-footed home the opener after seven minutes after Joey Pelupessy’s shot from Barry Bannan’s free-kick deflected into his path eight yards out.

Wednesday had calls for Ben Gibson to be sent off in the build-up for hauling down Josh Windass when through on goal but referee Tony Harrington deemed him not to be the last man.

Adam Reach and Kadeem Harris both tested Tim Krul with efforts from the edge of the box as Wednesday pressed forward but Norwich moved through the gears in the second half.

Teemu Pukki showed his Premier League class with a rasping drive into the top corner on 61 minutes and another player who exuded the air of someone who should be playing in the higher division, Todd Cantwell, curled home a beautiful winner from the corfner of the area after Liam Palmer had been agonisignly close to cutting out the pass to him.

Despite a spirited effort, it was a seventh straight defeat for the Owls.

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