What was wrong with Sheffield Wednesday's Liam Palmer in Bristol City defeat?

Sheffield Wednesday lost 4-1 at Bristol City this weekend.

Sheffield Wednesday defender Liam Palmer endured a torrid afternoon as he put in a poor performance during his side’s crushing 4-1 defeat by Championship strugglers Bristol City this weekend.

The Owls headed into the encounter at Ashton Gate coming off the back of four straight Championship wins.

They were favourites to beat Bristol City and consolidate their place in the top six, yet Carlos Carvalhal’s men had an afternoon to forget as they were outfought and overrun in a one-sided encounter.

Two penalties, a defensive mishap and a Liam Palmer own goal made it a comfortable victory for the hosts, and it was Palmer who was a standout for the away side for all the wrong reasons.

  TacklesInterceptionsDuels Won-LostBall RecoveriesFoulsDispossessedMins Played
Liam Palmer 0 1 2-4 4 1 2 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the right-back struggled to get to grips with the Bristol City wide men and he failed to contribute greatly in any of the key defensive areas.

He posted just one interception and four ball recoveries, while failing to make a single tackle and losing four of his six defensive duels over the course of the 90 minutes.

The 24-year-old has not played all too regularly for Wednesday this season, starting just 12 Championship appearances as former Crystal Palace man Jack Hunt is often preferred at right-back.

However, he was given another opportunity at Bristol, though unfortunately for him he did not come out of it as he would have wanted - arguably denting his hopes of future first-team chances.

Despite the heavy defeat, Wednesday remain in the top six and edged closer towards a final play-off spot thanks to Fulham’s late 2-1 win over Cardiff City maintaining a five-point gap.

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