89.6% pass-accuracy, 5 recoveries: Owls’ Kieran Lee was magnificent in play-off win

Sheffield Wednesday defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Kieran Lee put in yet another magnificent performance as his side defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 in the first-leg of their play-off semi-final encounter.

The Owls took advantage of a rare and somewhat extremely unfortunate Brighton injury situation to put the tie firmly in their favour, winning 2-0 in-front of a buoyant Hillsborough atmosphere.

Ross Wallace opened the scoring just before half-time with a superb long-range strike, before Lee made it 2-0 as he got on the end of Fernando Forestieri’s through-ball before delivering a super finish.

Lee will no doubt pick up the plaudits for his fantastic goal, yet it was his overall performance which deserves huge amounts of recognition as he put in a superb shift in the middle of the park.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesTouchesAccurate PassesTacklesDuels WonBall RecoveriesMins Played
Kieran Lee 1 2 3 62 43 2 6 5 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the former Oldham Athletic man was absolutely everywhere as he contributed in a number of key areas both defensively and going forward.

Over the course of the 90 minutes, Lee posted two shots, three chances created via key passes, two tackles, six defensive duels won and five ball recoveries as his intensity showed against a weakened Brighton side.

In possession, the 27-year-old was almost flawless, posting an impressive 89.6% pass-accuracy rate.

The Seagulls were hampered with as many as four injuries on the night, with Anthony Knockaert being the last one to leave on a stretcher and subsequently reducing Brighton to ten men.

While Wednesday’s game-management could be questioned during for a brief spell in the second period, they ramped up the pressure in the final 20 minutes and made their numerical advantage count.

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