They're alive - but only just... - Player ratings as Sheffield Wednesday fall hard to Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough

Sheffield Wednesday had a big chance to close the gap on Derby County, but they just couldn’t take it.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 4:58 pm
Sheffield Wednesday live to fight another day, but only just. (Richard Sellers/PA Wire)

Had they won today, Wednesday would’ve moved up to 22nd and close the gap on Derby to just one point – but they threw the opportunity away, losing 3-1 to Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough as they once again failed to come back from behind and get anything from a game.

The Owls – who were once again without Darren Moore – did manage to score a rare equaliser as Josh Windass levelled up following the goal from Yannick Bolasie on the back of a Julian Börner mistake.

But then Josh Coburn and Duncan Watmore put the game in the second half, and Wednesday just weren’t up to the challenge.

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Luckily, Derby and Rotherham United were both beaten, so the Owls live to fight another day – but only just.

Our player ratings here:

Keiren Westwood – 6

Made one really big save in the first half. Decent distribution, but still conceded three goals and probably could’ve done better for the third.

Liam Palmer – 6

Not up to the standards that he’s set in recent weeks, really. Not a bad performance from him, but he could’ve offered more down the right.

Sam Hutchinson – 7

A good showing from him, especially in the second half. Timed his tackles really well, and made some key interventions for the Owls.

Tom Lees – 6

Was solid for the most part, and made one really big challenge in the first half. Sadly looks to have picked up a serious injury, and it’d be a surprise to see him playing again this season.

Julian Börner – 5

At fault for the first goal, and made a few errors of judgement throughout the game too. Better in the second half, but not a good overall performance.

Adam Reach – 6

Drifted in and out of the game. Looked decent in patches but then also was a bit sloppy in possession at stages.

Joey Pelupessy – 6

Another tidyish performance from him. Like everybody there were a few loose passes, but he broke down play a lot and put in some big challenges/interventions.

Barry Bannan – 6

Looked good in patches, but also didn’t dictate the way that everyone knows he can.

Andre Green – 7

Did brilliantly to win the penalty, and could probably have had a couple of assists too. One of the better performers.

Callum Paterson – 6

A steady performance, but didn’t make the kind of impact that he’d have been hoping for.

Josh Windass – 6

Another goal as his fine run continues, but he’ll have been disappointed not to have gotten at least one more. Full of running again.

Osaze Urhoghide – 6

Did well enough after coming on for Lees, tried to be an attacking outlet too, but possibly could’ve done better for the second goal.

Jordan Rhodes – N/A

A late sub on for Paterson.

Kadeem Harris – N/A

Didn’t get long on the field as a late substitute.

Alex Hunt – N/A

Came on for the final 10 minutes