Huff, puff, nothing blown down: Player ratings in Sheffield Wednesday's defeat at Watford

Sheffield Wednesday fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Watford, with only a controversial goal standing between them.

By Alex Miller
Friday, 2nd April 2021, 4:53 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd April 2021, 4:58 pm

They huffed and they puffed, but what of the individual ratings on a day they just didn’t quite do enough?

Let’s take a look..

Joe Wildsmith – 7

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Watford v Sheffield Wednesday

Made two excellent saves in what was possibly his most eye-catching performance of the season. Really confident display let down only by his distribution.

Julian Borner – 5

Was up against a confident attack that knew what they were doing and treaded water a touch. Came back into it strongly in the second half and was good in possession.

Tom Lees – 6

Was unlucky to have an own goal lashed against his name with Watford striker surely offside and directly interfering with play just behind him. Made some excellent interceptions.

Osaze Urhoghide – 6

Not one of his better days defensively as the youngster failed to cope with the fast-moving Hornets attack. Was caught out once, twice, three times and received a first-half yellow card but trod the tightrope well from there.

Sam Hutchinson – 5

Not quite at the races and in all honesty is probably looking more at home in defence. Against a fluid Watford midfield he looked a little leggy.

Adam Reach – 5

You feel for him. Up against Sarr and Femenia in the main, he was caught out one too many times defensively and for large portions of the game everything seemed to come down his side. Some tidy stuff in possession.

Callum Paterson – 6

Operating at right wing-back for the first time since his move to Wednesday, Paterson had some hairy moments but contributed nicely to both attack and defence. A second-half effort would have been goal of the season and then some.

Barry Bannan – 8

Where Wednesday were good, which was for large portions of the game it has to be said, Bannan was at the heart of it. Put a couple of excellent balls up the line for Windass to chase and created some good chances. Waspish.

Joey Pelupessy – 5

Largely ineffective. Grew into it but was found wanting in midfield in the first half. Off for Palmer in a reshuffle after the hour.

Jordan Rhodes – 5

Was largely very good, joining-up play and was a nuisance to defend against for large swathes of the game. Seemed to link up well with Windass again. But he good his feet in a muddle for the best chance of the match after the hour.

Josh Windass – 6

A very willing runner as ever and threaded a couple of attacks together nicely. Wasted a decent chance in the first half under pressure from Femenia.


Liam Palmer – N/A

On for Pelupessy, 77

Andre Green – N/A

On for Paterson, 82

Liam Shaw – N/A

On for Lees, 85