Sheffield Wednesday: Three ups and one down from the Owls’ 2-1 victory at Reading

Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu celebrate the Owls' second goal
Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu celebrate the Owls' second goal

Sheffield Wednesday moved into the top half of the Championship after a hard-fought win at struggling Reading. Here are the highs and a low.

Great goals

Adam Reach's neat first time finish in the 12th minute capped off a fine, free-flowing move involving Barry Bannan and the impressive Matt Penney. It was no more than the Owls deserved after a bright, positive start. Their second goal came courtesy of Lucas Joao, who curled a spectacular long range shot out of Vito Mannone's reach to Wednesday some breathing space.

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Matt Penney

Wednesday's number 42 has been a revelation at left-back. Penney showed good awareness to tee Reach up for the opener at the Madejski Stadium. He barely put a foot wrong defensively and joined in with the attack at every available opportunity. Penney has started the last three Championship fixtures and, on this evidence, he looks set for an extended run in the side.

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Trust in Jos Luhukay

Eyebrows were raised over the Dutchman's call to start talented forward Fernando Forestieri on the bench. Time and time again Luhukay has shown he has no qualms about leaving out big name players if it is in the best interests of the team. His decision to keep faith with Joao, Marco Matias and Atdhe Nuhiu in attack against Reading paid off.

No clinical edge

Matt Penney

Matt Penney

Wednesday have to develop a clinical edge at the business end of the pitch to achieve their top target in the 2018/19 campaign. Saturday’s clash was a lot tighter than it should have been but Kosovo international Atdhe Nuhiu spurned a gilt-edged opportunity to put them three nil up after great play by Joao. Better teams than Reading will punish the Owls in the future if they don’t sharpen up on their finishing.

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Boss Jos Luhukay

Boss Jos Luhukay

Atdhe Nuhiu at full stretch

Atdhe Nuhiu at full stretch