WHEN a player has been out of the side for a spell, he really wants to make an impact when that first team chance comes again.
David Prutton did just that to help keep Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion push firmly on track at Oldham.
A regular in midfield initially, the long-haired midfielder had been out of the side since mid-September after picking up a thigh injury and been unable to regain his place.
He hadn’t started a game since until getting his call on Saturday. He made the most of it.
Filling the role vacated by the injured James O’Connor on the right side of midfield, Prutton produced a goal of outstanding individual skill to put Wednesday in front.
Teammates Stephen Byater and Rob Jones join him - the duo helping keep a clean sheet, a third in the last four league games.
Matthew Lowton, named as a target for a Premier League club at the Blades’ AGM just hours before kick-off, showed why he is so coveted with his display in the Lane stroll against Rochdale.
It’s hard to keep in-form Ched Evans out of the limelight and he scored for a fifth successive game - the first Blade to do so since James Beattie over three years ago.
And Kevin McDonald gets a nod too after marking his return to the side after a string-pulling midfield display.
Two goals from a central defender are pretty rare and Rotherham’s Johnny Mullins did just that. Suitably inspired he then defended superbly. Teammate Sam Wood gave a fine all-round display, out wide then at left back.
A double by Dean Morgan was the bright spot for Chesterfield whilst Herita Ilunga and Brian Stock figured prominently in Rovers’ narrow defeat at Birmingham.
Stephen Bywater (Owls)
Matthew Lowton (Blades)
Johnny Mullins (Millers)
Rob Jones (Owls)
Herita Ilunga (Rovers)
David Prutton (Owls)
Brian Stock (Rovers)
Kevin McDonald (Blades)
Sam Wood (Millers)
Ched Evans (Blades)
Dean Morgan (Spireites)