How the Sheffield Wednesday players rated in their impressive victory over Huddersfield

Sheffield Wednesday have had a mixed start to the season after the disappointment of losing in the play-off final. They have managed to keep their squad together and add more talent, which is why another top six finish is their aim.

On Sunday, they managed to give a mature away performance to beat early season surprise package and local rivals Huddersfield. Fernando Forestieri scored the winning goal from the spot and secured his side a vital three points that could be key at the end of the season.

Here is how their players rated…

 

Keiren Westwood – The goalkeeper has established himself as one of the best in division and he made a key save to deny Elias Kachunga in the first half. It was a solid display for Wednesday’s number one that was capped off with a clean sheet. 7

Liam Palmer – He gave a decent display and played his part in a crucial away clean sheet. Although defensively he impressed, he was wasteful in possession and finished the match with a pass success rate of just 60%. 6

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Sam Hutchinson – After managing to shake off a knock that he picked up in the first half, Hutchinson was dominant defensively. He was the best performer in the back five, as he won two aerial duels and completed four tackles. 8 – Man of the match

Tom Lees – It was an accomplished display from the 25-year-old and his partnership with Hutchinson was central to the away win. He showed his aerial prowess during the match and finished with four successful aerial duels, the highest of any player on the pitch. 7

Daniel Pudil – The left back was excellent and managed to keep Elias Kachunga relatively quiet. His aggression was key in preventing the home side in creating many clear-cut chances with the Czech completing three tackles during the match. 7

 

Barry Bannan – The midfielder looked tidy in possession and made some nice contributions in attack, but failed to have a telling impact on the game. He didn’t look totally convincing defensively and he didn’t have as many chances to influence the game in the wide position. It wasn’t a surprise that he was subbed off early into the second half. 5

Kieran Lee – He has been a key figure for Wednesday over the last year and he was impressive once again on Sunday. The midfielder is a bundle of energy who never stops running for his side, while his contributions on the ball led to several promising opportunities for Wednesday. 7

David Jones – The former Burnley midfielder finished the match with 90% pass accuracy, highlighting what he brings to the side. He also got stuck in and prevented Huddersfield from having time on the ball in midfield areas. 7

Adam Reach – He was a big money signing during the summer and has the potential to develop into a fine player. On Sunday, he was enthusiastic and tried to make things happen for his side. However, it was his defensive work rate that was most key to his side’s victory as he ended the match with four completed tackles. 7

Fernando Forestieri – This season has been a frustrating one for Forestieri as he has yet to find the form that launched Wednesday into the play-off final in May. He was excellent today as he held the ball up and used the ball wisely. The Argentine was a threat too, as he hit the bar with an effort before he scored from the spot to give his side a lead. 8

Gary Hooper – The striker played his part in a crucial away win over a local rival with good hold-up play and tireless running off the ball. However, he didn’t have many chances in front of goal and that will be a disappointment for him. 6

Ross Wallace – After coming off the bench, Wallace used his experience to manage the game and he had a positive impact. 6

Atdhe Nuhiu – The towering forward was asked to come on and help see the game out, but he didn’t do anything worthy of a rating. N/A

Glenn Loovens – He only played for a matter of minutes and as a result, can’t be rated. N/A

Carlos Carvalhal – The manager set up as expected in a 4-4-1-1 formation and made substitutions to ensure that his side held out. It was a good day for him as he oversaw a huge win for Wednesday. 8

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