'Get Liam Shaw on a 10-year deal' - fans hail youngster after starring role in Sheffield Wednesday's FA Cup win over Exeter City

A professional-looking Sheffield Wednesday, led by stand-in manager Andy Holdsworth, booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 win over Exeter City at St James Park this afternoon.

Saturday, 9th January 2021, 5:52 pm

Goals from Adam Reach and Callum Paterson were enough to see off the League Two outfit as the Covid-hit Owls made it four wins in their last five games to secure their place in Monday evening’s draws for the fourth and fifth rounds.

But it was the performance of Liam Shaw – who set up Paterson for the second goal in injury time following a surging run – in the heart of defence that caught the eye for a much-changed Wednesday side, which also featured young debutant Ryan Galvin and Ciaran Brennan at the back in the wake of this week’s coronavirus outbreak at the club.

Writing on Twitter after the Owls’ latest win, our correspondent Joe Crann wrote: “To say that they’re all 20 or under, I thought #SWFC’s young defenders were excellent today…

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Liam Shaw the pick of the bunch, but Ciaran Brennan and Ryan Galvin were quality too.

"No player on the field attempted more tackles than Galvin (five) and he won 100 per cent of them.”

But how have Wednesdayites, also on Twitter, reacted to today’s win and performance?

Let’s take a look at what they’re saying this evening.

Callum Paterson celebrates with Liam Shaw after scoring Sheffield Wednesday's second goal in the 2-0 win over Exeter City in the FA Cup third round at St James Park this afternoon. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

@RossSiddons Absolutely brilliant win that, young lads coming in and doing fantastic. Awful build up and a **** record against at Exeter but come through it. Wins breed confidence and mean my Saturday nights aren't ruined. Up the Wednesday

@JLphotography15 With the right coaching and support @LiamShawww can go to the very top. Good skills, physique and attitude. Professional team performance from #swfc … great stuff

@WednesdayRetro Well Done today Wednesday. Under the circumstances with Covid in the squad, great win. Neil Thompson played three, won three.. Praise to the squad and Andy Holdsworth.

@shane1191 Brennan, Galvin and Shaw – very assured performances all round! Didn’t look out of place playing which is always a great sign and I know it was only Exeter City but with all the circumstances coming into today, that was a very professional performance!

@ci_evo92 Really hope we get United in the next round, there will never ever be a better time to play them

@Lendog1984 Get Shaw on a 10-year deal, let him write what numbers he wants on the contract!!

@_MLT92 Club needs to be sorting @LiamShawww a new contract ASAP!

@mattkelcher So Liam Shaw is basically Franz Beckenbauer then. Good to know. I need a cigarette after watching that assist for the second goal.

@Shez_71 Liam Shaw will take all the plaudits and rightly so, he was magnificent. But Odubajo, I thought played very well and created the confidence in the two central defenders with some crucial blocks and interceptions.

@TomTB1995 Personally feel that a cup run might do wonders for confidence. Galvin looked very good on debut, thought Hunt looked good as well. Nice to be in the hat for round four

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