Dave Jones says that his unbeaten run did not deserve to come to an end at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Owls went down 2-1 to the Eagles in a controversial encounter that saw referee Rob Lewis take centre stage with a penalty decision in the hosts’ favour that was reversed after consulting with his assistant.
Wednesday boss Jones acknowledged the decision was right – but perhaps played a part in the outcome of the game.
Jones said: “Let me say straight away that the referee’s decision in reversing the penalty award was brilliant and the right one.
“But the penalty should never have been awarded in the first place. Mark Beevers got the ball.
“And after that, the crowd turned, they whipped up a frenzy like any home crowd would and their players were back to flying at 100 miles an hour.
“It has changed the game, the whole complexion of the game is different.
“Listen, I’m not saying that has cost us the game because our defending has to be better.
“But it has certainly not helped. I thought we should have come out of that game with a point because we played well enough to do that.
“It’s never nice to lose a game and even worse when you feel you should have taken something from it.”
The Owls now head into the first international break of the season and Jones says his players will regroup with the aim of bouncing back in time for the resumption against Brighton in two weeks’ time.
He added: “We have to go back to doing the right things because we cannot outscore the opposition every time we play.
“Palace is a difficult enough place to come to without making things easier for them.
“So we will get back on the training ground and go again before we play our next game.
“But I’m not going to be hard on the players, they have been magnificent from the very first day I have been here.”