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Sheffield Wednesday vs Brentford. Sky Bet Championship.


Sheffield Wednesday 1

  • F Forestieri (93rd minute)

Brentford 2

  • J Egan (35th minute)
  • H Dean (44th minute)

Sheff Wed 1-2 Brentford: John Egan and Harlee Dean on target for Bees

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Sheffield Wednesday missed out on the chance to cement their Sky Bet Championship play-off position as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Brentford.

A fifth win in a row for the Owls would have sent them up to fourth and 10 points clear of seventh-placed Norwich, but they were undone by first-half headers from John Egan and Harlee Dean at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

It was a first home loss in eight, going back to November, despite a late curler from Fernando Forestieri, but they are still in a strong position in the top-six race going into a vital Yorkshire derby away to Leeds on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky Sports Mix from 12pm.

For Brentford, it was an impressive three points, built on a slick first-half display, and just their second win in seven games.

Wednesday, despite their impressive recent results, have been criticised for the level of their performances and this was another lifeless start as Brentford dictated the early play with intricate passing and pace on the break.

Brentford's Jota celebrates
Image: Brentford won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday

Wednesday enjoyed their best spell of pressure just after the half-hour mark and they were convinced they should have had a penalty when Forestieri went down under a challenge from Dean, but referee Darren Bond waved away protests.

And the Owls were still seething three minutes later when Brentford took a deserved lead, as Egan was left unmarked to send a looping header over Keiren Westwood.

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The Owls 'keeper thought he had kept his side's first-half deficit to just one goal nine minutes later when he turned away Jota's low shot with his feet, but from a corner soon after, which the hosts contested, the Bees did double their lead when Dean was given the freedom of the area to head home.

Dean produced some more heroics at the other end to deny Wednesday a route back into the match before half-time, with a superb block from Jordan Rhodes' effort eight yards out.

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The hosts offered plenty of bluster after the restart, but did not trouble Daniel Bentley in the Brentford goal and it was Dean Smith's men that almost found a third, but Westwood did well to get down to Jota's deflected free-kick.

Wednesday's onslaught came in the final 15 minutes and Bentley produced two wonderful saves to deny Forestieri. First, he did brilliantly to get across goal and palm away a low effort after Sam Winnall's shot was blocked and then he acrobatically tipped a 20-yard free-kick over the crossbar.

Still the search went on, and Tom Field did well to clear a Rhodes header off the line, with Steven Fletcher somehow heading onto a post from a yard out, while Bentley kept out Ross Wallace and Winnall efforts.

Wednesday finally made the breakthrough when Forestieri curled beautifully into the top corner from the angle of the box in stoppage time, but it was not enough to stop their winning run came to an end.

Brentford, now up to 14th in the table, host Rotherham on Saturday.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"The referee in the first half was a disaster. A very poor performance, he made everybody nervous, he made the fans nervous, he made my players nervous and he made me nervous.

"He didn't see a clear penalty, he didn't see a block on (Vincent) Sasso for their second goal and there were a lot of faults and little things that made everyone nervous. I checked the video and it is a clear foul on Fernando.

"We can achieve a very good position, but the referee was very poor, these are the facts. nI hope in the future we can achieve a good position, but I hope we have more luck. The referee was very, very poor, I am not judging, I am just talking facts."

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"We have looked like scoring in the few games, we have scored nine goals since Scott has gone and some of our attacking play has been really good in recent weeks," he said. We knew it would be tough here but I thought first half we controlled it. We deserved to go in at the break in front.

"We had a number of chances in the second half to break and create better opportunities and when you don't get that third goal, it leaves them thinking they can get something.

"They have missed some chances that they would expect to score and we have defended wilfully and in the end it took a piece of magic from Forestieri to get past us."

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