Phil Parkinson defends Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu

Atdhe Nuhiu of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates as he scores their second goal with Jacob Butterfield during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Sheffield Wednesday and...

Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers drew 1-1 when they met.

Phil Parkinson manager of Bolton Wanderers looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Oldham Athletic and Bolton Wanderers at Boundary Park on April 15, 2017 in Oldham, England.

Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson has defended Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu in the Bolton News.

Bolton took on Wednesday recently, and he admits that Nuhiu gave Reece Burke a big test.

The Kosovan target-man was selected to start in the contest, and his aerial presence posed a threat to Parkinson’s side.

And Parkinson has suggested that Wednesday fans should stop being so frustrated when they see Nuhiu come on, as he is more of a weapon than some other members of their side.

Atdhe Nuhiu of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates as he scores their second goal with Jacob Butterfield during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Sheffield Wednesday and...

"Sheffield Wednesday was a huge test because the player he was marking, Atdhe Nuhiu, is a big unit who gets a load of stick from the Wednesday fans,” he said.

“I’ve seen him come off the bench loads of times and the fans start moaning – but right now he looks like a better player, to me, because there are a lot of games in the players’ legs.”

Atdhe Nuhiu (17) and Jacob Butterfield (8) of Sheffield Wednesday shake hands after The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle United at...

Despite Parkinson’s praise, the major frustration with Nuhiu at Wednesday is his lack of goals.

Nuhiu has hit just two goals in the Championship all season, and is one of a number of Wednesday’s strikers who are struggling to find the back of the net.

The Owls have performed far below expectations this terms, and are not yet clear of relegation.

Wednesday are currently in 18th place in the Championship table, eight points above the drop zone.

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