Sheffield Wednesday fans react on Twitter to fringe player's impressive display

Alex Lopez has spent much of the season sidelined, but shone in the absence of Barry Bannan against Blackburn.

Concerns were raised when Sheffield Wednesday lost key midfielder Barry Bannan to a three-match ban.

But three strong performances from Bannan's replacement Alex Lopez have left the Scotland international with a fight on his hands ahead of his return to contention this weekend.

Not an immediate choice, Lopez was a half-time substitute in March's 3-0 win against Charlton Athletic, but impressed enough to keep his place at Huddersfield and shone as the Owls came from a goal down to beat Blackburn on Tuesday night.

The Spaniard, who's on a season-long loan from Celta Vigo, recorded a pass success rate of 83.6 per cent at Hillsborough and tested Rovers keeper Jason Steele with a bending effort shortly before the break.

And he was heavily involved in arguably the game's key moment, drawing a late challenge from Craig Conway, who duly received his marching orders with the score 1-1.

Blackburn boss Paul Lambert wasn't impressed by Lopez's quick recovery having been made to leave the field, comparing him to Eddie the Eagle and Usain Bolt.

Wednesday fans, though, are growing quite fond of the midfielder, who was making only his ninth league start for the Owls:

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