Sheffield Wednesday: How the Owls players rated in the 2-1 win at Reading

Matt Penney had another excellent game
Matt Penney had another excellent game

Brilliant Bannan, peerless Penney … Owls writer Paul Davis assesses the performances at the Madejski Stadium.

CAMERON DAWSON: 7

Smart saves when they were needed and his handling was sound throughout at the Madejski Stadium. Dawson has let no-one down since manager Jos Luhukay made him his first-choice goalkeeper at the start of the season.

LIAM PALMER:  7

Had a good game. He was solid defensively and helped instigate attacks, linking well with Adam Reach. Got forward well, although his final ball could have been better at times. Has responded to the challenge of Ash Baker.

TOM LEES: 7

The skipper did well defensively, getting in tackles, blocks and headers as well as anybody, but his distribution let him down. There were several times when he played the ball out of defence straight to a Reading player.

JORDAN THORNILEY: 7

Another good display from the youngster who is really making his mark this season. Comfortable in everything he did and stood up in the closing stages when the pressure was on. He’s just an all-round decent footballer.

MATT PENNEY: 8

The youngster looks like he’s been in the first team for years. Assured, decisive and strong in the tackle. The Owls have found one here. He's a proper talent. And he’s one of their own. He never looks worried when he’s on the ball.

ADAM REACH: 8

He made some lovely attacking surges and he took his goal really well, resisting the temptation to put too much power into his shot and almost passing the ball into the net. A major threat for Wednesday. Telling vision and delivery.

JOEY PELUPESSY: 7

Did all the dirty jobs really well and was the perfect foil for Barry Bannan. Kept getting a foot in and snuffing out Reading danger. Unspectacular but important. Has picked up his form since the start of the season. 

BARRY BANNAN: 8

A new deal and the real deal. I’ll give the ‘star man’ award to Matt Penney but Bannan ran him close. Full of running and creativity on the ball and did his share of defending. He ran the show for 20 minutes after the break. 

MARCO MATIAS: 7

The attacker put in a real shift for the Owls and was as prominent in defence at times as he was in attack. He was popping up all over the pitch. More is needed offensively but there was no questioning his effort in this game. 

ATDHE NUHIU: 5

The one player in the starting 11 who came off the pitch probably thinking he could have contributed more. Was needlessly caught offside in the first half and missed a chance after the break to make the score 3-0.

LUCAS JOAO: 8

A stunning goal seconds after the break, and his pace and movement, particularly in the second half, regularly stretched the Royals. Three goals in two matches shows his value to the Wednesday cause.

SUBSTITUTES

Fernando Forestieri: Replaced Marco Matias in the 82nd minute and saw plenty of the ball as the Owls closed out the game.

Steven Fletcher: On with three minutes to go as Lucas Joao departed.