Player Ratings: Don't concede, don't lose - Sixes galore as Sheffield Wednesday claim another point under Tony Pulis v Stoke City

Tony Pulis went up against his former employers, Stoke City, in his first home game as Sheffield Wednesday manager.

Saturday, 28th November 2020, 9:54 pm
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Nick Powell of Stoke City wins a header as both sides compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City at Hillsborough Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Honestly, there wasn’t really too much to talk about after what was very much a goalless stalemate at Hillsborough… Jordan Rhodes being subbed off after only coming on at half-time was probably the biggest talking point to be honest.

Both keepers were left pretty much to their own devices during the game, which says everything you need to know about it really. Wednesday did look a lot more comfortable at the back though, and it certainly seems as though Tony Pulis is working on their defensive shape.

After all, if you don’t concede, you can’t lose...

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Wildsmith didn’t really have much to do to be honest. He looked comfortable when called upon. Made a good stop late on.
Did what was asked of him at right back, and didn’t do anything wrong again. Decent showing.
Solid, made plenty of clearances as usual. Looks more like the Mr. Dependable that he became known for in the past.
Van Aken – 7 – Looked ok, been caught out one or twice in the first half but can’t really fault him.
Much better from him, again. Clearances, blocks and very composed in possession.
Did his job, broke play up when he could. Wasn’t massively involved though.
A tidy performance from the Wedneday youngster, who didn't at all look out of place at the heart of the Wednesday midfield alongside Luongo. Decent showing before coming off at the break.
Really put himself about well. Playing much further forward as so many fans have wanted to see. Better from him.
Decent showing, but didn’t affect the game as much as he’d have liked.
Full of running, closing Stoke down constantly. Didn’t have much joy in terms of attack though. Great work ethic though.
Struggled to get too involved after coming on as a second half substitution, and then suffered the fate of being a subbed sub when Pulis brought him off for Brown.
A late sub for Harris
A late sub on for Rhodes.