Dominic Iorfa was Sheffield Wednesday's shining light in their dismal showing against Hull City

'He must be a nightmare to play against.'

Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 1:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 8:02 pm

That was what an Owls fan sat behind me in the press box said about Dominic Iorfa moments after his immaculate last-ditch sliding challenge on Hull City winger Kamil Grosicki.

It was a vital intervention from Iorfa to deny Grosicki a sight at goal around the half hour mark after Julian Börner had carelessly given the ball away near the half-way line.

The tackle underlined Iorfa's athleticism and commitment to the cause.

Sign up to our Sheffield Wednesday newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

A dejected Owls Dominic Iorfa trudges off the pitch after their defeat to Hull City

He made a similar challenge in the second half to snuff out another Tigers counter attack.

With Liam Palmer ruled out by an ankle injury, Iorfa was preferred to Moses Odubajo at right-back. Börner partnered Tom Lees at centre-half in a rejigged defence.

Full-back is, of course, not an alien position to Iorfa (he has played the majority of his career there).

But the versatile 24-year-old acquitted himself well and largely kept the dangerous Grosicki quiet. Iorfa probably shaded that individual battle, with Grosicki taken off with 11 minutes remaining of a turgid contest.

Iorfa's bright display was arguably the only crumb of comfort for Wednesday on a forgettable afternoon.

Hull looked sharper and hungrier than Garry Monk's troops. They wanted it more and the result means Monk has not beaten the Tigers in any of his last three league meetings.

While Iorfa continues to grow in stature and influence, Wednesday appear to be going backwards and Monk has his work cut out turning around their fortunes.