Sheffield Wednesday 2 – 1 Leicester City

Caretaker manager Stuart Gray oversaw manager less Sheffield Wednesday’s second victory of the season, against league leaders Leicester City.

What turned into a great night for the home faithful began awfully, when Anthony Knockeart opened the scoring just two minutes in, after showing superb skill to take on Joe Mattock, who was facing his former club.

In recent weeks after conceding goals, the Owls have waved the white flag, but on this occasion they responded terrifically, thanks mainly to on-loan frontman Connor Wickham.

The powerful striker notched Wednesday’s equaliser just eight minutes after falling behind, as he found space in the area to blast home from Liam Palmer’s deep cross.

Not long after that, Wickham doubled the Owls’ tally, with almost a carbon copy of his first strike, except that this time round, he curled his effort around Schmeichel magnificently, to give the hosts a shock lead midway through the first period.

The second half was a very tight affair; the Foxes’ top scorer David Nugent was guilty of missing a few guilt-edged chances. Despite this, a hard-working and resilient Wednesday held on to make sure that the points remained safely in S6.

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Sheffield Wednesday

Damian Martinez – Pulled off a world class saved from Nugent, and was solid in between the sticks 7.5
Liam Palmer – Handled Dyer well, his distribution was generally good, even if he did look at bit nervy in the first half.
7.5 
Glenn Loovens – Looked comfortable in possession, dealt with Vardy and Nugent well. Slotted in well on his debut.
7.0
Roger Johnson – Won most of his aerial duels, and made some good last-ditch tackles
7.5
 Joe Mattock – Made one mistake all night which unfortunately cost his side a goal, but apart from that, Mattock was solid. Looked more comfortable when Knockheart was forced off through injury.
7.0 
Kieran Lee – Made his first appearance of the campaign after hip surgery, and did a good job. Used the ball well, tracked back and worked hard 7.5
Seyi Olofinjana – Had a quiet game, but was solid and disciplined in midfield. 7.0 
Giles Coke: The former Motherwell midfielder was tenacious and kept his passing simple. Covered plenty of ground. 8.0 
Jacques Maghoma: – Put some good crosses in, always looked a threat. An improvement on Jeremy Helan’s performances.
7.5
Connor Wickham – The Owls match winner didn’t only score two magnificent goals, he held the ball up well and retained possession fantastically with some great touches. Worked tirelessly out of possession to close down defenders.
9.0 
Adthe Nuhiu – A great foil for Wickham, Nuhiu was a handful for City’s centre-halfs. Again, the big Austrian held the ball up very well.
7.5 

Substitutions

Jose Semedo – Came off the bench late on and helped protect Wednesday’s lead. 6.0
Miguel Llera – Replaced Loovens with two minutes remaining. 6.0
Jermaine Johnson – His pace posed a danger on the counter, but he didn’t have sufficient time to make an impact 6.0

Leicester City 

Kasper Schmeichel Pulled off a few acrobatic stops
7.0
Marcin Wesilowski – Will be disappointed that Wickham was allowed the space for his brace, as both of his strikes came from Wesilowski’s territory. 5.5
Wes Morgan – The battle between him and the two strikers was intriguing, and he struggled.
6.0
Ignasi Miguel – His distribution was pretty good, but was sometimes bullied by Nuhiu and Wickham
6.0
Paul Konchesky – Solid defensively, and used the ball well. Again, good distribution from the back.
7.5
Anthony Knockeart – Scored a great goal, his trickery was menacing throughout the first half. Unfortunately for Nigel Pearson’s men, he was forced off with an injury at the interval.
7.0
Danny Drinkwater – Struggled to get into the game after a promising start.
6.0
Matty James – He and Drinkwater lost the midfield battle for the majority of the contest
6.5
Llyod Dyer – His pace was always going to be a threat when he had the ball, but constantly went missing.
6.0
Jamie Vardy – Missed a great chance in front of the Kop. Got in behind the Owls rearguard a few times with his clever movement. 6.5
David Nugent – It wasn’t Nugents’ day in front of goal. Again, his movement was good 6.5

Substitutions

Chris Wood – Had insufficient time to make an impact. 6.0
Dean Hammond – Put in an average performance in the engine room 6.0
Jeff Schlupp – His pace cancelled out the speed of Jermaine Johnson. Good tactical move by Pearson to stop Johnson from making too much of an impact 6.0

 

Man of the Match

Connor Wickham – He may lack a bit of consistency, but on his day, the Sunderland loanee is unplayable 9.0

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