Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 at Reading this weekend.
Reading have been far too inconsistent this season, yet take nothing away from the ability available to boss Brian McDermott, especially in attack as they have goals in their team.
Wednesday knew it was going to be a tough afternoon at the Madejski Stadium, and despite leading for a long period a draw was always going to be a decent result.
Gary Hooper scored his first goal as a permanent Wednesday player, and his overall performance illustrated exactly why the club fought so hard to bring him in long-term.
But arguably the best player on the day for Carlos Carvalhal’s side was centre-back Glenn Loovens.
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As demonstrated by the table provided by Opta, the 32-year-old was heavily involved throughout as he was put to the task on a number of occasions by a threatening Reading forward line.
Loovens posted one tackle, two ball recoveries, four aerial duels won, five interceptions, six defensive duels won and an impressive ten effective clearances over the course of the 90 minutes.
His performance was arguably all the better considering regular partner Tom Lees is still out nursing an injury, causing the Dutchman to assert more control than perhaps normal.
Wednesday’s defence has often been questioned this season, especially on the road, yet they have conceded only two goals on their last three trips to Middlesbrough, Fulham and Reading.
The draw helps the Yorkshire club maintain their place in the Championship's top six with games against fellow play-off rivals Burnley and Birmingham City on the horizon.