Sheffield Wednesday: Player ratings as Owls boost play-off hopes with 2-0 win over Bristol City

Sheffield Wednesday reduced the gap to just four points as they chase a play-off place, after beating Bristol City 2-0 at Hillsborough in Monday’s Championship match.

Monday, 22nd April 2019, 2:07 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd April 2019, 5:55 pm
Owls fans outside Hillsborough

Here’s how we rated the Owls players...

Had little to do in the first half although was nearly caught off guard by a Dasilva effort that rattled the post. Distributed well and was quick off his line to make two big stops and see away the danger in the second half.
Offered an outlet on the left and sent a few early speculative crosses into the box. Wasn’t at his best as he returns from injury, but was not called on too often in a defensive capacity in a lacklustre showing from Bristol City.

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Made a few vital blocks in the first half as well as offering a threat in the air from corners and set pieces. Led the line well and contained any threat Bristol offered without much trouble. Added another clean sheet to a growing tally.
Had the Bristol strikers in his pocket and looked untroubled for the first 45. Showed his impeccable reading of the game to cut out a few balls in the box just as Bristol looked to apply some pressure.
Comfortable at right-back and looked more confident advancing up the right - had one good attempt on goal after bursting into the box. Became increasingly involved in the game as time went on and looked strong.
Returned to the starting team and looked to come back straight on the pace. Not as influential on the right as he previously was through the middle, but still proved why he has been key for Wednesday this season.
Back to his best as he dictated the midfield, spraying passes and breaking up Bristol’s play. Hit a wonder strike from about 25 yards to put Wednesday ahead. Played a lovely ball to assist Joao for the second.
Another strong showing from the midfield man, who did his best work off the ball allowing Bannan free roam creatively. Broke up Bristol’s play when required and brought the wide men onto the ball. A cool head in the middle of the park.
Worked hard to track back and offer an option on the left as Wednesday turned over possession. Had a few lax moments but otherwise another good performance from the wide man.
Linked up well with Reach on the right flank and saw a good chance fly over as he nodded on a header from Tom Lees. Dropped the ball back to Bannan for his goal, but otherwise a fairly quiet game for the striker.
Was a handful for the City defence and doubled Wednesday’s lead - taking his tally this season to ten - after bringing the ball down from Bannan’s long range pass to lob the ‘keeper. Was athletic as he ran on to balls played over the top.
A 60th minute sub for Gary Hooper with Wednesday already two goals to the good. Showed great off the ball movement to lose his marker and be involved in link up play at the heart of midfield.
An 88th minute sub for Lucas Joao as Wednesday looked to run down the clock and add another three points to their impressive end to the season.
A 73rd minute sub for George Boyd as Wednesday looked to see the game out. Was instantly at his creative best as he brought tricks and weaving runs to the Owls’ offence.