Some Sheffield Wednesday supporters have taken to Twitter to praise Callum Paterson following his tireless performance in the 1-0 win over Preston North End.
The Owls headed into the game coming off a bitterly poor defeat at Coventry City.
Paterson only featured for the final 15 minutes of that game against the Sky Blues, and his absence up top was felt as the Owls simply struggled to make an impact.
In a more attack-minded line-up against Preston, Wednesday fully deserved their victory with defender Liam Palmer scoring the only goal of the game in the first half.
Taking to social media site Twitter after the game, some Owls fans praised the team’s performance and singled out Paterson for his endeavour and impressive work-rate.
Agreed. Thought he gave us a better platform up the pitch today than we had at Coventry. Brings others into the game. Rhodes continued that as well
— Jon Fittall (@fittall1987) January 30, 2021
the scots are different with stamina. unbelievable
— RI (@Sayu_riaz) January 30, 2021
Best game in a Wednesday shirt 🦉
— Scott Ward (@scottward73) January 30, 2021
Best game for us. Won everything
— Andrew Lee (@goonie2008) January 30, 2021
Paterson work horse #swfc
— JBH (@JBH_swfc) January 30, 2021
Paterson been brilliant
— J (@J_SWFC_) January 30, 2021
— Paul Hancock (@mrpaulhank) January 30, 2021
Paterson is versatile, having previously featured as a fullback and central midfield during his time at Championship rivals Cardiff City prior to moving to Hillsborough.
Wednesday signed him predominantly as a centre-forward. While he may not be a prolific goal scorer, the Scotland international still offers so much to the team.
Against Preston, Paterson won eight aerial duels as he consistently battled for every ball and put pressure on the Preston defence out of possession. He put in a real workmanlike performance.
Wednesday are in danger of relegation this season. In what is a topsy-turvy campaign with plenty of games, hard work, grit and determination will be needed to help pull the Owls through.
Paterson has such qualities in abundance. He leads and defends from the front, starts the press and his presence can help push the side a further ten yards up the field.
Such small details can go a long way in the Championship.