The winger helped set up Gary Hooper’s goal for Sheffield Wednesday.
Not least of those was Adam Reach, who has been playing at left-back in recent weeks, but was pushed into midfield as Daniel Pudil was named in Carlos Carvalhal’s 100th league teamsheet as Wednesday boss.
And the move paid off as the former Middlesbrough player provided a sublime cross for Gary Hooper to head home in the 39th minute.
The Sheffield Star rated Reach’s performance as an eight out of ten and it appears that Owls fans concurred, as many of them took to Twitter to hail his improvement in blue and white:
Can't really moan about any of the players. Hooper Bannan and Reach all had brilliants starts to the season! #SWFC— Chad Gee (@chad_gee30) September 16, 2017
Adam reach is going to be a reyt player soon gets better every game #swfc— Matt (@Matt070598) September 16, 2017
Totally agree— Peter Horner (@peterhorner1867) September 17, 2017
Adam Reach on our goal though, magnificent. Talent, energy, & years ahead of him. Way too harsh criticism last year. He'll do for me. #swfc— Chris Brookes (@chris_brookes) September 16, 2017
Adam Reach, what a guy. Gets better week by week #swfc— Jordan Bellamy (@Bellamyswfc) September 16, 2017
Finally starting to see what reach is capable of, joost is a class act, and hooper on fire @swfc— Gareth Williams (@bungy24) September 16, 2017
Adam Reach really starting to be the player we hoped for #swfc— Matthew Nettleton (@MatthewNettlet1) September 16, 2017
Hooper scoring for fun. Van Aken is just ridiculous. Reach proving his price tag. #swfc looking like the team we expect.— Maximus (@maxgarniss) September 16, 2017
Reach is looking like the player we thought we'd get. #SWFC— Daniel Jessop (@DJisatwit) September 16, 2017
Great cross from Reach for Hooper's goal. Much improved from last season. #swfc— John (@johnrocknrolla) September 16, 2017
After signing for the Hillsborough-based side on deadline day last summer, Reach was given a long run in the first team by his new Portuguese boss.
However, it is fair to say that the 24-year-old didn’t always wow onlookers with his displays and he ended the campaign with a disappointing three goals and four assists from 42 all-competition appearances.
Having laid on Hooper’s strike in Wales, the former England U20 international is already half way to matching last term’s assist tally and, if he carries on his strong start to the season, could end up posting career-best numbers.