Fit-again Weaver back to his best at Wednesday

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experienced goalkeeper Nicky Weaver sparkled again over the weekend.

After a four-month lay-off with a knee injury, Weaver has flourished since coming back into the first-team fold, keeping two clean sheets in three matches.

His penalty stop to thwart West Ham’s Sam Baldock was superb and was top notch throughout for the League One outfit.

In fact, Sheffield Wednesday’s defence dominates the back four. Rob Jones and Danny Batth starred at centre half while Bennett gets the nod in the left-back position after playing a pivotal role in containing the Hammers.

In my 4-4-2 formation, I’ve selected Ricardo Vaz Te on the right flank. Reds manager Keith Hill wants him to work harder off the ball but it is impossible to fault the Portuguese winger’s goal haul this year. He has hit the back of the net 12 times in 22 appearances, including a hat-trick recently against Leeds United.

Danny Drinkwater partners Chris Lines in the middle of the park. Manchester United starlet Drinkwater is back at Oakwell and produced a typically hard-working performance versus the Swans as Barnsley bowed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle for the fourth year in a row. Ryan Flynn completes the midfield quartet.

The two Chris’s lead the attack. Porter has two goals in his last three starts and is line to retain his place in the side for tonight’s visit of Yeovil Town. He finished with aplomb against non-league minnows Salisbury to ensure the Blades avoided a cup upset.

O’Grady answered Gary Megson’s call to score more goals by grabbing the late winner versus the Hammers. His all-round display impressed the Owls chief.

Chosen ones

Nicky Weaver (Owls)

James O’Connor (Rovers)

Rob Jones (Owls)

Danny Batth (Owls)

Julian Bennett (Owls)

Ricardo Vaz Te (Reds)

Danny Drinkwater (Reds)

Chris Lines (Owls)

Ryan Flynn (Blades)

Chris Porter (Blades)

Chris O’Grady (Owls)