Loan Ranger sparkles in glorious Wednesday finale

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NILE Ranger came up trumps again as Sheffield Wednesday secured automatic promotion back to the Championship by comfortably defeating Wycombe Wanderers.

The forward, on loan from Newcastle United, opened his Owls account just over a month ago in a vital victory at Huddersfield Town.

And the 21-year-old signed off in style on Saturday at a jam-packed Hillsborough by rising highest to nod home Chris Lines free-kick to make it two nil to Dave Jones men and end the Chairboys stubborn resistance.

Ranger, partnered by Richard Cresswell up front, also had a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside in the first half and gave Wycombe’s defence a torrid time all afternoon. He is one of five Wednesday players to make the team. Ranger is joined by fellow loanee Michail Antonio, who gets the nod on the left flank.

In central midfield, Danny Schofield impressed as Rotherham United were held to a 1-1 draw in their last match at the Don Valley Stadium with Northampton Town. I’ve paired him in the middle of the park with Kevin McDonald, who produced a top drawer performance for Sheffield United. Both he and Lee Williamson are in outstanding form, which bodes well for the club ahead of their two-legged clash with Stevenage in the League One Play-Off semi-finals.

I’ve selected Lewis Buxton at right-back while Mark Bradley, who penned a new one-year deal with Rotherham yesterday, gets in on the left. Bradley’s team-mate, Johnny Mullins, was a reliable performer for the majority of last term and he richly deserves his place at centre-back alongside Miguel Llera.

Experienced goalkeeper Stephen Bywater rounds off the side.

Chosen Ones

Steve Simonsen (Owls)

Lewis Buxton (Owls)

Johnny Mullins (Millers)

Miguel Llera (Owls)

Mark Bradley (Millers)

Lee Williamson (Blades)

Kevin McDonald (Blades)

Danny Schofield (Millers)

Michail Antonio (Owls)

Richard Cr’well (Blades)

Nile Ranger (Owls)