Sheffield Wednesday: ‘Proud’ Jos Luhukay salutes young Owls trio

Jordan Thorniley
Jordan Thorniley

Wednesday's young guns earned big praise from manager Jos Luhukay following their 2-1 success at Reading.  

Cameron Dawson, Matt Penney and Jordan Thorniley all played their part in the Owls' first league victory on their travels this season.

Goalkeeper Dawson made a couple of important saves, full-back Matt Penney provided the assist for Adam Reach's opener and Jordan Thorniley produced another assured display at the back.

Dawson spread himself superbly to expertly block Mo Barrow's shot before the stroke of half-time.

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It proved a pivotal moment as Lucas Joao gave Wednesday a two-goal buffer 16 seconds after the restart.

"Cammy was fantastic one against one," said Luhukay. "I have a lot of respect for Jordan and Matt. They had pressure in the defensive position but they are very cool in the head and that is important. 

"I'm so proud of these young boys that they have a positive feeling.

"I said to Matt after the game 'heh, you play now three games and we win three times and pick up nine points; is that normal?' He said 'no' but he can be happy."

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Midfield star Adam Reach also expressed his admiration for Wednesday's youngsters.

"They have just slotted straight in naturally," he said. It is always tough for a young player but I think even more so defensively. Two of our back four are very young in Jordan and Matt, who have been fantastic. They help each other really well on that (left) side and they are in the same boat and look after each other.

"The leadership of Tom at the back controls everything.

"It is such a good feeling to know when the manager does decide to put faith in the youngsters that as a team we are helping.

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