How we rated Sheffield Wednesday players after their 2-1 win over Ipswich Town 

Sheffield Wednesday players celebrate one of two Lucas Joao goals against Ipswich Town
Sheffield Wednesday players celebrate one of two Lucas Joao goals against Ipswich Town
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Some very good, some decent and some who could improve summed up the all-round display as Sheffield Wednesday secured a second win in the space of a week on Saturday.

The Owls were worth their victory, with Lucas Joao scoring both goals against ten-man Town.

Here’s how we rated the performances…

Cameron Dawson: Made one excellent save, looked slightly uncomfortable on a couple of occasions and still needs to command his box a little bit more. 6

Liam Palmer: Didn’t offer a great deal going forward which continues to be his weak point but defensively he was reasonably solid and like on Wednesday night made another goal line block to deny Ipswich. 6

Tom Lees: Ipswich showed very little going forward but when they did Lees looked to stand off them a little too much, which a better team may have punished. 6

Jordan Thorniley: Belied his age with a tremendously mature display. Strong in the air, read the play well and cut out the danger early. There’s a long-term future captain in Thorniley. 7

Matt Penney: Quiet in the first half but improved a lot after half time, linking up well with Adam Reach and providing some dangerous balls into the box. 6

Joey Pelupessy: In and out of the game. Neat and tidy in possession at times but careless in others. Still struggling to find the form he showed at the end of last season. 5

Barry Bannan: Seemed to cover every blade of grass. The driving force behind everything Wednesday do, his range of passing was excellent and his workrate likewise. 7

Adam Reach: A much quieter performance in a central role for Reach. Always comfortable on the ball but didn’t burst through the middle as much as he perhaps should. 6

Marco Matias: Didn’t offer a real goal threat but was full of running. Wednesday showed a huge improvement in an attacking sense when Forestieri replaced him. 6

Atdhe Nuhiu: Disappointing. The ball didn’t stick when Wednesday were putting it up to him. His hold-up play was poor and never really looked like scoring. 5

Lucas Joao: Two headed goals and a great number of occasions when he did what Nuhiu should have been doing, with added skill. His gangly stature and burst of pace must be so difficult to defend against. 7

Substitutes

Fernando Forestieri (for Matias, 73 mins): Changed the game. Looked like he was bursting to get on and it showed when he did. Always wanted the ball, always tried to make something happen. Start him, or at least don’t wait so long to change it. 6

Steven Fletcher (for Joao, 79 mins): Held it up well and offered a physical presence to help see out the game in the latter stages. 6