Sheffield Wednesday: Adam Reach's strike against Leeds United may not be bettered this season

Thirty-six league matches have still to be played, but Sheffield Wednesday already have a worthy Goal-of-the-Season winner, reckons manager Jos Luhukay.

Monday, 1st October 2018, 1:39 pm
Updated Monday, 1st October 2018, 1:47 pm
Adam Reach scores with a 30-yard volley

The Owls held Championship pace-setters Leeds United to a 1-1 draw at last Friday as Adam Reach lit up Hillsborough with a stunning effort just before half-time.

Luhukay believes it's unlikely the winger's dipping volley, from 30 yards out wide on the right, that went in off the woodwork will be bettered in the 2018/19 campaign.

Adam Reach scores with a 30-yard volley

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"I must see it again many times back," said the boss whose side are in 12th place, a point off the play-off places, following this weekend's round of second-tier matches.

"Adam's goal can be the best goal of the season maybe. It was a special goal."

Spectacular strikes are becoming commonplace for Wednesday followers this season. Midfield man Barry Bannan hit the target from outside the penalty with a wonderful volley against Millwall and a precision free-kick against Stoke City while John McGinn's volley for Aston Villa against the Owls just over a week ago was up there in the Reach class.

What a strike

"We have seen some unbelievable, beautiful goals in the last few weeks - the one at Aston Villa was fantastic," Luhukay acknowledged.

Wednesday are in the middle of their toughest run of fixtures of the season and are at home to table-topping West Brom on Wednesday night. The Baggies took top spot from Leeds on Saturday by beating Preston North End 3-2.

The Owls have yet to keep a Championship clean sheet, but they have no problems at the other end of the pitch and have scored in every game this term except the 2-0 loss at Brentdford in August.

Luhukay has called on three-goal Reach, who is the club's joint-top scorer with Lucas Joao and Marco Matias, to continue to lead the charge.

"It is important we are scoring goals," the manager said. "He must keep getting in the positions. He's a player who can make the difference and hopefully he will score more goals this season."

Regardless of what he witnessed on Friday from last season's Wednesday Player of the Year, Luhukay doesn't care how the ball crosses the line.

"I hope we can make more goals," he said. "But not always the way Adam did it against Leeds United. I am also happy when we score normal goals."