Newcastle did not play well tonight at Hillsborough and lost their third league game of the year.
The other times we lost were to Fulham at home and early in the year at Blackburn Rovers to give the 3rd bottom side the double over Newcastle and this defeat gave the Owls the double over Newcastle.
The loss at home to Fulham also gave Fulham the double over us this season.
And let’s be fair, the Owls were the better side in both games having won 1-0 at St. James’ Park on Boxing Day.
This was not the time for Newcastle to put in a poor performance, but we did and it was nowhere near our best form and the game could have been out of sight by half time, but the Owls missed some early chances.
Dwight Gayle injures other hamstring
But goals by Lees and Fletcher in the second half gave Newcastle everything to do and it was the impressive Jonjo Shelvey who scored a late consolation goal to make it 2-1.
Brighton remain two points above us in the league table after their 2-1 win at QPR last night, but both Huddersfield and Reading lost with the Terriers losing 2-1 at Nottingham Forest and Norwich beating Reading 7-1 at home after being 5-1 up at half time.
Huddersfield have lost three of their last four games and seem to be crumbling under the pressure.
But hope we can get our act together for Friday’s game against Leeds United who are in good form with a 3-0 win at home to Preston today – this was a poor performance from Newcastle today when it really mattered.
And to make things worse Dwight Gayle has injured his other hamstring and could be out for the season which finishes four weeks tomorrow.
The Owls started this game like a steam train and created a number of early chances but failed to capitalize against a defense that looked far too nervous for a side at the top of the league.
Gary Hooper hit the crossbar and former Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher somehow missed after 15 minutes.
Just before half time Jonjo Shelvey hit the cross bar with an audacious shot from he half way line and maybe if that had gone in it could have changed the game.
But in the second half Wednesday didn’t miss their chances and won the game 2-1 and deserved their win.
Rafa will want to see a vastly improved performance from his team at home on Friday against Leeds United and he will have been disappointed with the performance of the team.
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Lees, Loovens (Sasso, 46), Pudil, Wallace (Semedo, 73), Bannan, Jones, Reach, Fletcher, Hooper (Rhodes, 59).
Subs not used: Wildsmith, Winnall, Palmer, Forestieri.
Newcastle: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame (Atsu, 72); Ritchie (Mitrovic, 79), Perez, Gouffran; Gayle (Murphy, 29).
Subs not used: Elliot, Gamez, Haidara, Ameobi.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)