Yes the team is top heavy with Sheffield Wednesday players this week, but that’s what happens when you’re the only winners from our local teams.
The fact that the Owls also made it seven Hillsborough victories to start the season for the first time 1960 and it is easy to see why four of Gary Megson’s starting 11 on Saturday make the cut.
Stephen Bywater is yet to be on a losing team since joining the Owls on loan. A clean sheet is always the first requirement for a goalkeeper and that is what he delivered.
Wednesday goalscorers Rob Jones and Reda Johnson are one of our centre halves and left back respectively. And it’s not just because they hit the back of the net. Both were impressive throughout the 90 minutes at the defensive end too.
Millers Dale Tonge at right back and Johnny Mullins at centre half complete the back four. Tonge is in good form and Mullins enjoyed his move back to the heart of Andy Scott’s defence as Rotherham ended their losing run with a 1-1 draw at Don Valley Stadium.
Three of the midfield four were on teams that lost, but were arguably the bright spots for their teams.
Simon Gillett for Doncaster Rovers and Danny Drinkwater for Barnsley scored, while Chesterfield’s Alex Mendy was the Spireites man-of-the-match in their 3-2 home defeat by Hartlepool. Stephen Quinn is the only midfield man to pick up a point. His display for the Blades was another sign that United have players capable of maintaining a promotion push.
Up front Gary Madine was outstanding for the Owls despite not adding to his ‘Goal Machine’ reputation.
And Lewis Grabban scored the goal of the day for the Millers to cement his name on our team sheet.
Stephen Bywater (SWFC)
Dale Tonge (RUFC)
Reda Johnson (SWFC)
Rob Jones (SWFC)
Johnny Mullins (RUFC)
Stephen Quinn (SUFC)
Simon Gillett (DRFC)
Danny Drinkwater (BFC)
Alex Mendy (CFC)
Lewis Grabban (RUFC)
Gary Madine (SWFC)