"He's like a magician.." Former Sheffield Wednesday striker pinpoints Owls man after 5-0 thrashing of Cardiff City
Sheffield Wednesday put on their most clinical performance in months if not years in thrashing playoff hopefuls Cardiff City at Hillsborough on Easter Monday.
The result was a shot in the arm of their survival hopes, leaving them six short of the promotion places with seven matches still to play.
With the match broadcast live on Sky Sports, Wednesday captain Barry Bannan walked away with the man of the match award for a hugely influential display in the middle of midfield.
But is was a performance backed up with eye-catching efforts all over the field as the Owls scored more than two goals in a single match for the first time this season.
Former Wednesday striker Clinton Morrison, who played 54 league matches for the Hillsborough side between 2010 and 2012, said on Sky Sports: “It’s a big performance for where Sheffield Wednesday are and the way they’ve been playing.
“It was ruthless. Sheffield Wednesday have been creating chances and they haven’t been clinical enough. Today they were clinical and some of the goals were breathtaking.
“There were two or three goals of the season for Wednesday tonight.”
Bannan was instrumental in controlling a match in which his side scored with five of their six shots on target.
“He’s one of the best in the Championship,” Morrison said. “If you give him time and space in midfield, he’s like a little magician.
“He sees passes, and he has a little burst of pace as well. He might not be the quickest over 60 or 70 yards, but he can burst over five years. And that’s why Garry [Monk] made him captain, because he’s a leader with performances and the way he speaks as well.
“It was an outstanding performance from Barry Bannan.”
On Callum Paterson’s incredible goal, a right-footed volley that finished off an incisive Wednesday move, the former Republic of Ireland striker said: “That was probably goal of the game
“Reach’s second goal was good, but that’s a tremendous goal, the ball out from Windass, the ball from Palmer, the finish from Paterson.
“He controls that, that’s a difficult technique to do and nine times out of 10 he’s leaning back. But he got his head over the ball, he controlled it and drilled it into the bottom corner. Fantastic goal.”