An eight in a defeat?! Player ratings in Sheffield Wednesday's defeat at Stoke City

They huffed and they puffed and little was blown down as Sheffield Wednesday slowed to give Stoke their first win in 12 matches at the Bet 365 Stadium.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 8:54 pm

An encouraging first half seemed to tire in the second as the hosts came on strong and scored through.. guess who? Steven Fletcher.

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..but just how did he score? Let's take a look through the player ratings.

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Made some really good saves, in particular a solid, spreading save to deny Powell in the first half. Alert to danger and looked to be set for a clean sheet until Fletcher's winner.
He's Sheffield Wednesday's player of the year so far, surely. Made a goal-saving block to deny his old pal Fletcher and was generally very tidy. It takes a lot to get an eight in a defeat. The Star Man again.
What he did, he did calmly. Won some important headers. Seemed to tire just a touch and was taken off in a reshuffle for Pelupessy on 65 minutes.
The main man in the first half, Urhoghide made some classy tackles and interceptions, particularly a vital sliding effort on 50 minutes as the Owls yawned their way through the opening stages of the second half. A lapse or two in the second half cost him.
Put himself about and kept showing for the ball, but was fairly anonymous on the left, particularly as Wednesday tired.
Brought back Hutch Bingo by receiving a harsh yellow card on 40 minutes. Slightly off the pace but trod the tightrope nicely.
Looked bright and ready to continue his outstanding Wycombe performance in the early stages, but faded as the game went on. From there, solid rather than spectacular.
Far from his dominant best, Bannan wasn't poor by any stretch of the imagination but lacked the spark his side needed.
One of Wednesday's better performers in a bustling first half effort, like so many others he failed to retain an impact as Stoke grew into it. Offered a good presence.
Lacked absolutely nothing in effort and looked shot by the end of the game, but couldn't get into it.
Put himself about and worked the channels as well as he could on a night that Wednesday didn't get going up top. Contributed some important defensive play at set pieces. Off for Kachunga, 65.
Came on with 25 minutes to go and acquitted himself well in the main, stopping an initial flow of Stoke attack from midfield. More passive as things went on.
On for Rhodes with 25 minutes left but barely featured.
On for Urhoghide as Wednesday went in search of an equaliser, 88.