Sheffield Wednesday fans react to Lucas Joao's cameo against West Bromwich Albion

Fans of Sheffield Wednesday look on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City at Hillsborough Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Joao had scored or assisted four goals in seven appearances for Sheffield Wednesday this season, prior to West Bromwich Albion's visit.

Lucas Joao of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town at Hillsborough Stadium on...

When Lucas Joao entered the Hillsborough arena, Sheffield Wednesday were two goals to the good against West Bromwich Albion.

Replacing the effective but tiring Atdhe Nuhiu with 12 minutes of normal time left to play, Joao's task was to simply continue the good work carried out by his teammate and close friend: compete for aerial balls, hold up play; perhaps even use the added pace he brings to harry the Baggies' defenders or get in around the back.


Ultimately, none of the above happened. Within 10 minutes of his introduction, West Brom were level. And although Joao had little involvement in either goal - questions can instead be raised of Joey Pelupessy (who was otherwise brilliant in this writer's opinion), Tom Lees, Daniel Pudil and Cameron Dawson) - he appears to have borne the brunt of the Wednesday fans' frustrations.

This is what they're saying about the Portuguese striker, who signed a new three-year contract in August this year...







Nathan Sensicall @Jasper_s91: Forestieri has run his b******* off all game and is running past a walking João in the last few minutes! I'd be fuming if I was him and I'd tell him in the dressing room. All because Nuhiu was brought in for Fletcher rather than him. Unprofessional, mardy t***. #swfc#

becky @beckya_95: decent performance overall but could joao give less of a s*** #swfc

Goals from Adam Reach - another stunner in front of the Sky cameras - and Fernando Forestieri had Sheffield Wednesday cruising at half-time, with Forestieri spurning an easier chance to extend the Owls' lead shortly after the restart.

And West Brom made him pay, forcing an own goal from Pelupessy and drawing level through Harvey Barnes' solo effort, less than two minutes later.

Harvey Barnes of West Bromwich Albion waves to West Bromwich Albion Fans at the end of the match  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion...

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