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Owls swoop to take all the points against Fulham

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FULHAM ARE still searching for their first Championship win of the season after they were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon (August 20).

Following three league draws it was another disappointing result, particularly after a first half that showed why they are amongst the teams that many feel will be fighting for promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.

The highly impressive youngster Ryan Sessegnon showed exactly why there is so much interest in him as he had a highly competitive running battle with visiting midfielder Jack Hunt. Along with Sone Aluko, Sessegnonhe was always dangerous from the flanks for the Londoners.

Despite the teams being fairly equal in terms of possession and chances in the first 45 minutes, the home side’s play was the more menacing. There were a total of seven shots from both sides with Fulham having just the one on target.

With the game goalless at the break, the Owls seemed to smell blood and as the away side they were aware that the home fans were becoming increasingly disappointed with their side’s poor goal threat.

The game really changed on the hour mark when home manager Slavisa Jokanovic strangely replaced Aluko and Stefan Johansen with Nesskans Kebano and Oliver Norwood. Suddenly there were gaping holes in the middle of the park and the hosts that had looked full of pace suddenly had none.

It was a change that felt unnecessary and it gave Wednesday the extra confidence they needed to get their first win of the season. Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal admitted that his team made changes at the interval as he wanted to get his players in behind the home defence. It only took nine minutes for his plan to work.

The goal from the visitors came in the 64th minute with Fulham having taken far too long to settle into the second half and it was what the Yorkshire side deserved.

Adam Reach sent a ball in from the edge of the box and Steven Fletcher was there in far too much space to simply tap the ball home. It is exactly what you would expect from the 30-year-old and his current rate of one goal in every two games will go a long way to helping the club get near to achieving their aim of top flight football.

With players like him, Bary Bannan and George Boyd you suspect that Wednesday have the base for a strong and secure squad for the season ahead.

There were positives for the Craven Cottage faithful with a steady debut from Rui Fonte in the middle of a front three and Kebano saw two chances saved by Keiren Westwood.

The defeat leaves Jokanovic’s men in 19th and although it is only four games into the season, the longer you have to wait for a win the more nervous everyone around the club will get.

As for Wednesday, it will be a happy 179 miles back to Sheffield now that they sit a more respectable 13th ahead of their trip to Burton Albion next weekend.

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