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Sheffield Wednesday: Player ratings from today’s 2-1 Championship win at Bristol City

Tom Lees
Tom Lees

Owls writer Paul Davis assesses the Owls performances at Ashton Gate.

CAMERON DAWSON: 6

He pulled off a superb first-half save from Famara Diedhiou, but was reluctant to come off his line at other times. There's nothing wrong with his shot-stopping, but his handling can be suspect. Solid in the second half.

LIAM PALMER: 7

One of the better performers in a poor first half and played his part in a committed defensive effort late on when the home side were pushing for an equaliser. He's in a good run of form.

TOM LEES: 8

Headed it, kicked it, cleared it. Just what you want from a centre-half away from home. A shame there was no clean sheet because the skipper is more desperate for one than any other player.

MICHAEL HECTOR: 9

Another excellent showing from the loan central defender who was commanding in the air, quick along the ground and strong in the tackle. Very little got past him. He’s been a great acquisition so far.

DANIEL PUDIL: 7

Stood up when it counted, and there was one superb clearing header from under his own bar in the second half. Another player who put himself on the line when the pressure was on.

JORDAN THORNILEY: 6

A good centre-half who looks less at ease when asked to play wide on the left. He had to go off injured in the second half but had let nobody down. His attitude is spot-on. He shirks nothing.

ADAM REACH: 7

The player who offered the Owls most hope when he was on the ball. So comfortable in possession and always looking to cause damage with his pass or cross. Only Niki Maenpaa's legs denied him a third long-range goal in three games.

JOSH ONOMAH: 8

Like all the midfielders, he struggled to get into the game before the interval and was much better after the break. Combative, did the bits and pieces, energetic. Nothing too spectacular but always involved. Blotted his copybook by giving away the penalty. A really good display overall.

BARRY BANNAN: 6

Not even the midfield magician could do a great deal in the first half when there weren’t enough options in front of him. Busy after the break. Went off late on as the Owls went more defensive solidity.

MATT PENNEY: 6

The youngster was moved from the left flank into a central role and was less dangerous than usual. He received the ball and kept it moving, but there was little of the threat he can can create out wide when he has more space in which to run and work.

STEVEN FLETCHER: 6

The striker’s afternoon was cut short when he had to go off injured inside the opening 20 minutes. He’d worked hard but had been given no chance to ask questions of the Robins defence. Let’s hope he’s back by the time the international break is over as he’s been in good form.

SUBSTITUTES:

LUCAS JOAO: 8

On as early as the 17th minute when Steven Fletcher departed injured. He made no impact before the break but than sprang to life in the second half with a match-winning two-goal salvo. One good finish, one clinical one. Anonymous or brilliant. The enigma of Joao.

FERNANDO FORESTIERI: 7

Came on for Jordan Thorniley in the 57th minute and helped to change the game, with both goals coming soon after his arrival. Was unlucky in many people’s eyes not to have started.

JOEY PELUPESSY: N/A

Replaced Barry Bannan after 77 minutes, just after Bristol City had scored a penalty. Helped the Owls keep their shape and, more importantly, keep the Robins out.