STEVE Cook saw red as Cherries’ unbeaten Championship record went up in smoke at Sheffield Wednesday.

Jason Tindall’s men fell to a 1-0 defeat at Hillsborough. Cook’s second-half challenge inside the box on Josh Windass allowed Barry Bannan the opportunity to stroke home the winner from the spot on 71 minutes.

Defeat for the Dorset club was their first in a league contest since July.

Boss Tindall once again shuffled the pack for the encounter, with five changes in total for Cherries from the side that drew 1-1 with Derby last time out.

One key return was Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma, who was back from a hamstring injury sustained against Watford last month.

Defender Lloyd Kelly also came back into the squad having been rested against the Rams at Vitality Stadium.

Cherries faced an Owls outfit who were still looking to get to zero points for the campaign.

The rock-bottom hosts were handed a 12-point penalty by an independent disciplinary panel for the 2020-21 season, for breaking spending rules.

And it was a former Sheffield United man in David Brooks who looked to get Cherries off to a flyer with six minutes on the clock.

Having been fed by Lerma on counter, the Cherries playmaker shifted the ball onto his left foot but drilled well wide.

The hosts were not without threat themselves however, throughout the opening 10 minutes.

After neat work by the lively Elias Kachunga – the ball fell to Adam Reach to strike at goal. He was denied by a crucial block from Steve Cook.

Cherries were lacklustre in the opening 15 minutes and they should have been behind to an Owls set-piece.

Home skipper Bannan’s quality delivery found the unmarked Liam Palmer inside the box. He beat a sprawling Asmir Begovic to the ball but could only turn wide.

Brooks then gifted away possession to allow Windass the chance to burst down the left flank. He went for goal instead of electing to cross but blazed over.

Another chance then came the way of the Owls, who looked more threatening in the opening 30 minutes.

Kadeem Harris skipped down the left and stood the ball up for Kachunga inside the area – the forward failing to keep down his header at goal.

After then Lerma brought down his man 30 yards out and received a caution – Windass took aim and bent the resulting free-kick just wide of the post.

Cherries’ best chance of the opening period came four minutes before the break. After Joshua King won a corner for the visitors, Arnaut Danjuma’s out-swinging delivery was headed over by Chris Mepham five yards out.

Dutchman Danjuma then forced Joe Wildsmith in the home goal to tip over after unleashing a left-foot effort from range.

Cherries looked to stamp their authority on proceedings after the break and they almost gained the advantage.

Danjuma set King free to drive at goal, the Norwegian teed up Brooks who saw his close-range effort heroically blocked by Julian Borner.

Adam Smith then put in a menacing delivery for King, who headed wide unchallenged from inside the box.

The Owls then had claims for a penalty denied by referee Simpson after Reach crossed for Moses Odubajo – the official instead giving a foul the other way.

But referee Simpson was to rule in favour of the Owls as they were awarded a penalty with just more then 20 minutes remaining.

A ball forward from Bannan allowed Windass the chance to run in on goal. He took it round Begovic before going down in the box under the challenge of Steve Cook.

The visiting captain saw red for his troubles and Bannan slotted home the resulting spot-kick.

Cherries then introduces Lewis Cook and Jack Stacey in a bid to find a leveller - but it was not to be as they suffered their first league defeat of the campaign.

Kadeem Harris was then sent off for the hosts after tangling with Lerma late on.

Owls: Wildsmith, Borner, Iorfa, Palmer, Odubajo, Harris, Bannan, Pelupessy, Kachunga (Paterson, 80), Reach (Brown, 84), Windass (Marriott).

Unused subs: Hunt, Dele-Bashiru, Rhodes, Dawson (g/k).

Booked: Kachunga, Borner, Palmer, Pelupessy.

Sent off: Harris.

Cherries: Begovic; Mepham, S Cook, Kelly; Smith, Lerma, Gosling, Rico (Stacey, 80); Brooks (Solanke, 67), King, Danjuma (L Cook, 72).

Unused subs: Simpson, Riquelme, Stanislas, Travers (g/k).

Booked: Lerma.

Sent off: S Cook.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson.