A left-footed strike from Ross Wallace, following a poor first half performance by the Cottagers, made sure that we were shut out 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.
The grey afternoon game was played fairly poorly during the first half, with Gary Hooper heading wide following a long cross by Liam Palmer just five minutes in. McCormack replied for us by whipping a dangerously good free-kick in from the left side of the box, but unfortunately was met by, well, no one.
Jamie O'Hara was teed up by Alexander Kacaniklic but his 20 yard shot went straight into the stands, before a corner from Barry Bannan resulted in Vincent Sasso having his shot blocked near the goal line. The rain got a lot worse before Emerson Hyndman's first effort was parried away by Joe Wildsmith, before another O'Hara effort went just inches wide of the net. Wallace's 30-yarder made waves as it went in under the crossbar, making it 1-0 for Wednesday.
McCormack scored in the 32nd minute but was rightly ruled offside, while a cross from Kacaniklic in the end of the half went straight across the face of goal, while Bannan was booked for acting childish (throwing the ball to the floor following a referee decision).
The second half got underway with Bannan's 25-yarder deflecting into the arms of Andy Lonergan, before Fernando Forestieri’s pass sent Hooper clear of our defence, but our goalie was there to make the save. O'Hara was subbed off for Scott Parker, while we had possesion but didn't make much of it. Lonergan managed to make a wild save again, sending Hooper's flick out and over the bar.
Saki Matilla came off for Luke Garbutt, while Cauley Woodrow replaced Kacaniklic, before McCormack was shown a yellow for a foul on Wildsmith in the 77th minute.
Woodrow headed Jazz Richards' cross over the bar with three minutes of play left, before a block by Richard Stearman denied Lucas Joao from making it two.