There were very few positives Sheffield Wednesday captain Glenn Loovens could take from their last outing.
But the commanding centre-half was encouraged by the performance of his fellow countryman Royston Drenthe in the wake of their 3-0 defeat to Championship leaders Watford.
Drenthe, on loan from Reading until January 2, freshened the Owls’ attacking play up after coming on as a half-time replacement for Hallam Hope.
The 27-year-old whipped in several dangerous crosses from the right flank and came close to opening his Wednesday account on several occasions. He made an impact and is pressing hard for a first start since moving to Hillsborough on transfer deadline day.
Loovens told The Star: “Royston did really well when he came on. He made a difference. He looked dangerous every time he got on the ball. That is maybe the only positive we can take.”
Drenthe, who started his career with Feyenoord before moving on to Real Madrid in 2007, was yellow carded for diving in the box for what Owls head coach Stuart Gray called a “nailed on penalty”. Nonetheless, Loovens feels the Dutch international is starting to enjoy his football again.
“Royston is a big boy,” he said. “He is 27 now so he’s not like a young boy who has just come through. He’s played at the highest level.
“I don’t think anybody should tell him how to play. He’s shown it before and he showed against Watford what he’s capable of.”
Gray’s charges will be aiming to halt their four-match winless in the Championship when they head to Brentford tonight. Loovens accepts the team under-performed versus Watford and he expects an improved display in the capital.
He said: “Brentford is going to be a tough game.
“They are a good side, especially at home so we will prepare for another battle and hopefully do better than what we did against Watford.”