Monday 22 January 2018

Owls bring howls of derision on McClaren

Newcastle United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren looks dejected
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren looks dejected

Damien Spellman

Lewis McGugan piled further misery on Steve McClaren as Championship side Sheffield Wednesday dumped Premier League strugglers Newcastle out of the League Cup.

A Wednesday side featuring 10 changes to the one which started Saturday's 3-2 victory over Fulham secured a famous 1-0 victory at St James' Park with the Magpies, who have publicly reversed their recent policy of dismissing the domestic cup competitions as an irrelevance, turning in another dreadful display.

McClaren's men did not manage a single shot of note on target over 90 soul-sapping minutes and have now won just one of the eight games they have contested so far this season, with League Two side Northampton their only victims, in the last round of this competition.

The former England manager fielded as strong a team as he dared, but having insisted in recent weeks that he has enough strikers with the club having not pushed home their interest in QPR's Charlie Austin during the summer, started without any of them.

His hands were tied to a degree with Aleksandar Mitrovic completing his three-match ban and Papiss Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere injured, but with Ayoze Perez sitting on the bench, No 10 Siem de Jong was asked to lead the line.

It was a task which proved beyond the Holland international as ponderous build-up and woeful service shackled the Magpies during the opening 45 minutes.

But Wednesday were looking increasingly threatening on the break and Tim Krul was relieved to see Modou Sougou fire wide of the far post after blocking his initial 64th-minute effort.

Perez came on and hit the side-netting after turning smartly on Moussa Sissoko's pass four minutes later, but it was the visitors who took the lead with 14 minutes remaining when the home side failed to deal with a ball into the box and when it broke to McGugan, he drilled it past Krul on yet another night of misery.

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