A game of few chances with that touch of quality lacking in the final third – that was the assessment of first team coach Stuart Gray following the narrow defeat to Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough.
Simon Cox settled the contest two minutes into the second half, taking one of a dearth of opportunities in front of goal at both ends.
Gray said: “One goal was the difference and that was the way that game was going. I don’t recall either goalkeeper making any real saves.
“I was disappointed with the way in which we conceded because we had plenty of bodies back there but Cox still had the space to score.
“But I can’t fault the effort of the players today. When they lost the ball they worked their socks off to get it back and it was just that quality in the final third that was missing.
“We had plenty of possession but couldn’t quite break through and it was one of those days for us.
“Atdhe had a couple of chances and we applied some pressure at the end but without making the goalkeeper work.”
Asked about the managerial situation at Hillsborough, Gray said: “The chairman asked me to take the game again today and probably Watford on Saturday.
“I am not looking beyond that at the moment, I am just focused on doing the best I can for Sheffield Wednesday.”
Gray also issued an update on injured trio Giles Coke, Lewis Buxton and Michail Antonio, all of whom sat out the Forest clash – and will miss Watford next week at the minimum.
He said: “Giles (hamstring) and Michail (knee ligament) will be out for at least two weeks and Lewis longer, probably around four weeks.”