How we rated each Sheffield Wednesday player in win against Cardiff City

Goals from Josh Windass and Jordan Rhodes gave the Owls a perfect start to the 2020/2021 Championship season against Cardiff City.

Saturday, 12th September 2020, 5:09 pm

Here’s how our man Alex Miller rated each Owls player out of 10 this afternoon...

Another clean sheet. Didn't have masses to do all but looked confident and assured. Hooked a good save back on the 70th minute from close range and claimed well. Very vocal.
A strong performance. His physicality was always going to be key and so it proved, taking on the challenge of marking Moore and then Glatzel from set pieces and generally battling throughout

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A man reborn? As at Walsall, Lees commanded the back three with the confidence that seemed to have left him in his tussle for minutes last season. Strong in the air, the centre-half seems up for the fight this time out.
Shaky at the start, he grew into the physical battle and rode an early final warning from the referee expertly for the majority of the match. There were a lot of eyes on him and he dealt with any pressure excellently.
A threat whenever he had it, Harris' move to the right didn't stunt any preference to cut inside, driving at the pockets of space whenever he was afforded the opportunity. Once again he defended well.
Quieter than his brilliant best, Bannan moved the ball around nicely and pushed in a couple of dangerous set piece balls. He'll be more dominant on other days, but he ultimately won out in a crowded midfield.
Crashed around, worked hard and provided legs around the creative pairing of Bannan and Luongo. The midfield was perhaps too busy for him to properly impose himself as he does, but he performed an important role.
A gift the possession he was afforded for the Owls' first goal may have been, but how he made them pay with a stunning ball through to Windass. Provided a physical threat that Wednesday needed and with limited ball was a nuisance all afternoon.
Bright on the few occasions he was allowed any time with the ball at feet, Penney stuck to his defensive task well. It wasn't anything of Walsall magnitude, but it was enough.
A goal and an assist. You can't ask for much more, can you? Busy throughout even in periods that saw Cardiff have the majority of the ball. He provided a determination and an energy Wednesday have missed up top in recent times.
There's nothing new in saying that Jordan Rhodes offers little outside of scoring goals. But he's not there for that. The goal he scored gave SWFC a nice cushion.
Came on for Rhodes. The game was about other areas of the pitch by the time he joined it, but in providing legs and harrying the Bluebirds defence, he did his job.
Replaced Windass. Had one half-ish chance and acquitted himself well. Everything we knew of him was displayed - commitment, determination and running. A cameo that typified a determined Owls display.
Came on late on for Penney. Interesting that he went out to the left, leaving Harris on the right. Did well with what little he was given to do