Five things learned about Sheffield Wednesday in their 1-1 draw with QPR

Sheffield Wednesday - The Owls

Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 against Queens Park Rangers in the Championship on Tuesday.

Sheffield Wednesday lost ground on the Championship's top two but remain inside the play-offs despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Queens Park Rangers at Hillsborough.

Atdhe Nuhiu's header cancelled out a cleanly-struck Daniel Tozser strike, after the Austrian had missed a penalty with the score at 0-0.

The Owls pushed hard for a late winner but to no avail, and will be far less grateful for the point than their opponents, who forged few clear-cut opportunities at the other end.

Carlos Carvalhal takes his team to Hull City on Friday, where they will hopefully be boosted by the returns of Sam Hutchinson and Fernando Forestieri.

In the meantime, here are five things we learned:

Aiden McGeady looked bright but is ultimately less effective than Forestieri

First things first, McGeady is nowhere near his peak fitness, just as Gary Hooper wasn't when he first arrived from Norwich. And while there's almost certainly more to come from the Irishman, he just wasn't Forestieri. His abundance of tricks may be easy on the eye but it's the Italian's grittiness which ultimately sets him apart. Off the ball, Forestieri is as much of a pest as he is on it; forcing errors and punishing them quickly, and McGeady just couldn't match his teammate for stamina, giving QPR's defence an easier night than they would have had otherwise.

Gary Hooper is more than just a poacher

Goalscoring chances were hard to come by for Hooper, but there was no sign of sulking from the striker, who put his other skills to use instead. It was his fancy footwork which drew the foul for the penalty that Nuhiu duly missed, while an intelligent cut back led to a chance for Kieran Lee later on. 

Tom Lees is due a good partner

Lees' errors are few and far between (yes I remember Birmingham) but the same cannot be said of his many defensive partners. Vincent Sasso was arguably at fault for Tozser's goal, and made a number of questionable decisions - notably the one which saw him run 20 yards for a free header and misjudge it completely, leading to a QPR chance. Glenn Loovens has been far from immaculate this season, while Michael Turner has struggled with injuries. Hutchinson, alongside whom Lees has played just 22 minutes, could be the answer, though a failure to add at least one new centre-back this summer would come as a surprise.

Fitness will stand the Owls in good stead

While they may not have got the win their play perhaps deserved, Wednesday finished well on top once again as their opponents tired. In fact, so fit are Carvalhal's charges that the Portuguese used only one sub, and there's little sign of fatigue setting in as the season reaches its climax. With a possible play-off campaign to follow, it could be a trait which sets them apart from their rivals.

Be patient with Nuhiu

Now, granted, Nuhiu isn't the most conventional of footballers and it's easy to jump on the striker's mistakes, as they seem to occur more regularly than most others'. But, as he proved after his penalty miss, he can be virtually unplayable on his day. Not only did atone for his error with a goal, but no QPR defender could get near him in the air, nor on the ground for that matter. He was similarly effective against Burnley a fortnight ago and it was little coincidence that, on that occasion, the Owls' chances of victory died with Nuhiu's substitution for Joao.

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