Sheffield Wednesday: Player ratings as Owls secure 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers

Sheffield Wednesday maintained Steve Bruce’s unbeaten run with a 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers under the lights on Tuesday night at the University of Bolton Stadium.

By Nancy Frostick
Tuesday, 12 March, 2019, 21:10
Steven Fletcher

Here's how we rated the Owls players…

Was only forced into one save in the opening period as his tipped Noones shot around the post with ease. Not troubled much in the second half save for one Bolton free kick that bounced around the box before he came out to collect.
Made a few advances forward although didnt look comfortable on the ball. Had one shot at goal from a free kick and otherwise did as was required defensively. Conceded a few free-kicks in dangerous positions in the second half.
Assured as ever at the back as he cleared just about any ball that came near him. Was first to everything and started a number of Wednesdays attacks by collecting the ball and spraying passes in the second half.
Looked unsettled at the back and uncharacteristically gave the ball away a few times in the first half to give Bolton a sight of goal, but luckily went unpunished. Was much more comfortable in the second period.
Got stuck in and had to battle hard on occasion to come away with the ball in an opening period with few clear cut chances or opportunities for the Owls left-back to bomb forward. Looked comfortable in the second half.
A quiet opening 42 minutes for the Owls wide man but sprang to life with three minutes to go before the break. Continued to create and drift around the park to cause problems for Bolton as Wednesday pushed for - and were rewarded with - a second goal.

Sign up to our Sheffield Wednesday newsletter

Probably Wednesdays most effective player in the first half as he tried to play through balls - eventually one paid off as he assisted Fletcher for the opener.
Got stuck in to break up Boltons play but was unable to transform the turnover in possession into a meaningful Wednesday attack. Won the midfield battle in the second half as Bolton were forced to create chances using width or on the counter.
Started the second half brightly after a difficult first 45 minutes where he was unable to get the ball down and run at the Bolton defence as he does best. Scored his first Wednesday goal with a rifled finish after Fletchers through ball.
Was used as a target man but was unable to contribute much in the opening stages. Didnt link up enough with fellow front man Fletcher but was involved in the build up to the opening goal. Replaced by Winnall on 57 mins.
The star man once again for Wednesday. Only needed one chance and took it to put the Owls ahead in a lacklustre first half. Slid Aarons in for the second goal of the night before being subbed for Matias on 84 minutes.
Came on for Nuhiu and looked a better strike partner for Fletcher on this occasion as he linked up well with those around him. Dropped in to the midfield to collect the ball when needed and looked strong again as he returns to full match fitness.
An 84th minute sub for Steven Fletcher. Did his bit on the left to help Wednesday see out yet another win under Steve Bruce.