Sheffield Wednesday: Owls player ratings from tonight’s 1-1 Championship draw with Leeds United

Cameron Dawson
Cameron Dawson

Owls writer Paul Davis assesses the performances in the Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough tonight.

CAMERON DAWSON: 5

The goalkeeper’s least impressive display of the season. He didn’t command his penalty area and his failure to come for the ball allowed Leeds to cause problems in the Owls’ defence. His distribution and decision-making were off too.

TOM LEES: 8

Another solid, assured show from the captain who is improving as the season progresses. He got in one or two crucial blocks as the pressure came on in the second half and led by example.

MICHAEL HECTOR: 7

Very comfortable on the ball, he didn’t shirk anything defensively and was quick enough and alert enough to make important interceptions.

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JORDAN THORNILEY: 7

Came straight back into the side after a calf issue because Daniel Pudil was injured late in the week. He started really well, faded, then stood up in the face of the Leeds onslaught after the break.

ASH BAKER: 6

The youngster was lively going forward on the right flank in the first half and tested Bailey Peacock-Farrell with a good shot. He had to go off injured in the second half and had let nobody down before his departure.

JOEY PELUPESSY: 4

The midfielder never lacks for effort but little was seen of him in attack or defence. He can have games when he does the ugly stuff really well, but tonight wasn’t one of them. Wednesday had trouble containing the Leeds midfield.

BARRY BANNAN: 5

Not at his impish best and picked up a fifth booking that will see him banned for next Wednesday’s home clash with West Brom.

MATT PENNEY: 6

His inexperience showed at times in the first half, but he tried to take the game to Leeds in the second period. A lovely, balanced runner with a good engine.

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ADAM REACH: 7

Who cares how he played? What about that goal? The dipping long-range volley that went in off the woodwork was just stunning. Away from that, he wasn’t a sustained attacking threat. But let’s all think about that goal again. It certainly earns him an extra mark.

STEVEN FLETCHER: 5

There were one or two good moments, but the frontman who made such an impact at Aston Villa last week didn’t consistently impose himself on the Leeds defence. Like many Owls players, he got no help from the referee.

FERNANDO FORESTIERI: 6

Recalled to the side after his ban because Marco Matias had picked up an injury, he caused Leeds problems early on and had a big shout for a penalty in the fourth minute turned down. He was less conspicuous after the interval.

SUBSTITUTES:

LIAM PALMER: 6

Replaced Ash Baker just before the hour mark. Steady and tried to get forward when he could.

ATDHE NUHIU: N/A

He came on in after 77 minutes for Steven Fletcher and made his presence felt, pushing through the Leeds’ defence on occasion. There were a couple of misplaced passes which stopped attacks developing, though.

LUCAS JOAO: N/A

An 81st-minute replacement for Fernando Forestieri. He had one sight of goal but was well wide with a low shot.