28 passes, 7 duels won: Wednesday star Hutchinson superb in Derby draw

Sheffield Wednesday’s Sam Hutchinson was superb against Derby County.

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson put in a superb performance as his side drew 0-0 with Championship promotion favourites Derby County at Hillsborough.

The Owls came into the clash missing a number of players through injury following their gruelling 2-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat at Stoke City in midweek.

Key defender Tom Lees was absent, therefore with little alternatives available holding midfielder Hutchinson was tasked with dropping deeper and partner Glenn Loovens at the back.

It was a gamble by boss Carlos Carvahal, but one which ultimately paid off as the former Chelsea youngster dominated Derby’s Chris Martin and performed superbly throughout.

  TacklesEffective ClearancesInterceptionsAerial Duels WonDef Duels WonBall RecoveriesAccurate PassesMins Played
Sam Hutchinson 2 2 3 4 7 6 28 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Hutchinson was right up there with Wednesday’s best performers over the 90 minutes as he contributed greatly in a number of key areas.

The 26-year-old posted two tackles, two effective clearances, three interceptions, four aerial duels won, six ball recoveries and seven defensive duels won against a very able Derby attack.

Predominantly a holding midfielder, Hutchinson was slightly out of his comfort zone yet he responded admirably in a similar way which Javier Mascherano applies himself at Barcelona.

While of the course the comparisons are a little farfetched, it doesn’t take away the fact that it requires a talented player to be able to play both roles so efficiently.

The draw takes Wednesday to the brink of the playoff positions, where they trail sixth-placed Cardiff City on goal difference ahead of their encounter with the Bluebirds next week.

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