Sheffield Wednesday won their second straight Championship fixture, and third under Steve Bruce, to go 12th in the table on Tuesday.
Two goals from Steven Fletcher were enough to beat a lacklustre Brentford at Hillsborough.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Steven Fletcher of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)
But did Fletcher do enough to be crowned the Owls’ star man? Here are our individual player ratings…
Keiren Westwood – 7
Made strong saves from Canos and Maupay at 0-0 and 2-0, respectively, but had little else to do as he kept clean sheet number seven from a possible 12 this season.
Liam Palmer – 7
Offered good support to Reach down the right-hand side, and proved a perfectly able Lazaar deputy after the on-loan Newcastle left-back departed early.
Tom Lees – 7
Headed over from a corner early on, but experienced a quiet night besides that. Was comfortable knocking the ball about the back line.
Michael Hector – 7
Won everything that came his way aerially and was quick to step out and charge down the Brentford attackers, where required.
Achraf Lazaar – 7
Looked neat and tidy yet again, but saw his evening cut short after he raced back to stop a Brentford attack.
Sam Hutchinson – 7
Was his usual, tenacious self. Won back possession to spark the move which led to Wednesday and Fletcher’s second goal, but came off midway through the second half to avoid picking up a second yellow card.
Barry Bannan – 7
Set up Fletcher’s first goal with a trademark weighted pass around the back of the Brentford defence. Was typically economical in possession.
Adam Reach – 8
Added another assist to his tally (six for the season now) by providing the cross for Fletcher’s second goal, having come close to scoring himself only moments before then.
Fernando Forestieri – 7
Linked up well with Fletcher and played mostly one- and two-touch football, which worked to great effect. As ever, he refused to shirk his defensive responsibilities and understandably tired towards the end.
Rolando Aarons – 8
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce speaks to Rolando Aarons of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City at Hillsborough Stadium on February 23, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
Would have been man of the match were it not for Fletcher’s exploits. Brentford struggled to cope with his speed and skill. But, perhaps more importantly, the on-loan Newcastle winger worked hard at both ends of the pitch and made intelligent decisions with his teammates in mind. He almost scored his first Owls goal but saw his effort tipped wide by Bentley after being put clean through.
Steven Fletcher – 9
Surely one of his best ever performances as a Sheffield Wednesday player? He led the line expertly, took both of his goals well and could have scored with an overhead kick for the second game running.