Sheffield Wednesday recorded another home victory, winning 2-0.
Sheffield Wednesday moved into the play-off positions for the first time this season as they defeated Leeds United 2-0 in a thrilling game at Hillsborough.
The score-line gives the impression that it was a fairly comfortable afternoon for the Owls, yet they were made to work for their victory as the visitors applied plenty of pressure from the off.
Steve Evans’ side could have perhaps led at half-time, yet their profligacy in-front of goal cost them as Gary Hooper netted a brace to earn Carlos Carvahal’s side all three points.
The on-loan Norwich City striker will no doubt receive the plaudits for his goal scoring contributions, yet it was midfielder Kieran Lee who was arguably the game’s outstanding player.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the talented midfielder was heavily involved throughout the 90 minutes and put in a defensive masterclass to prevent the visitors from making headways.
Lining up alongside Sam Hutchinson in the middle of the park, Lee posted a number of key defensive contributions such as five tackles, eight defensive duels won and 12 ball recoveries.
In possession he was reliable as ever, instigating attacks from deep as he took an impressive 76 touches and made 53 accurate passes – boasting a remarkable 93% pass success rate.
The 27-year-old is a key figure for Wednesday, and keeping him fit will play a major role in the club’s push to finish in the top six come the end of the season.
The victory over their Yorkshire rivals was Wednesday’s fifth success in six games, taking them to within only four points of Derby County in third following their shock 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham City.