Owls fans column: Early goals remain Owls Achilles heel

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal
Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

Only Derby County have scored more second half goals than Sheffield Wednesday this season.

The Owls have scored 22 and Derby have netted 23 in the last 45 minutes of their matches.

In the last six fixtures we have gone behind in four of them within the first 25 minutes but we have still been getting the results.

It’s testament to the tenacity that Carvalhal has instilled in the team that we can keep coming back from falling behind. What we need to do now is change how we play in the first 25 minutes so we don’t have to keep doing things the hard way.

Against Wolves, Birmingham City and Middlesbrough the team played deep for the first 15 to 20 minutes.

Despite winning the Wolves match 4-1, until Afobe’s penalty, Wednesday sat back and caused themselves unnecessary defensive issues by playing so deeply.

Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee have been playing just in front of the central defenders early on these games and it’s been allowing the opposition to push up and attack.

The pair are obviously playing to the coach’s orders where we start slowly, tire the opposition and then bring on an impact substitute like Lucas Joao or Fernando Forestieri.

Against MK Dons, the Owls could have capitalised had they pressed early in the game but the team tactics to sit back and let them attack us was misjudged and it seems to be a formation that Carlos is continuing to employ with a risk that we may go behind.

If we can eradicate conceding these early goals Wednesday will be a force to be reckoned with in 2016.

My aunt is even keeping May free…just in case.