The Owls academy graduate returned to right-back but some Hillsborough faithful weren’t impressed as Garry Monk and co claimed a point away.
A number of Sheffield Wednesday fans have been commenting on Twitter regarding their side’s performance in the 1-1 draw at Cardiff and one Owls player who came under some criticism was Liam Palmer.
The 28-year-old defender was named at his favoured position of right-back for the first time since the QPR game at Hillsborough back in August but his display did not impress many fans as he looked somewhat lethargic and gave away several free kicks.
Wednesday came close to victory nonetheless as they led from the 19th minute, Julian Borner scoring his first goal for the Owls when he connected with Kadeem Harris’ shot and flicked the ball beyond Neil Etheridge.
However, the Owls relinquished their lead late on as Lee Tomlin came off the bench to win a contentious free kick, after he appeared to foul Massimo Luongo, which he rifled around the wall and into the back of the net.
The Owls felt that Cardiff teammate Aden Flint was lurking in an offside position – and interfering with their keeper’s view – as the dead ball was struck, but the officials were not interested and in the end the spoils were shared.
Here is some of the Wednesday fans’ reaction to the display from Garry Monk’s side, with focus on the £675,000-valued (Transfermarkt) defender’s performance:
I’m sorry but Reach is awful! Palmer having a shocker keeps giving away needless free kicks and it’s gonna cost us! #swfc— Ross Thompson (@rosstheboss123) 18 October 2019
Liam Palmers doing my head in abit tonight !— Jo (@jo86swfc) 18 October 2019
I reckon Palmer is gonna cost us if he keeps playing the way he is. Reckless and careless #swfc— Barry Heaybourne (@Donny_Tiff) 18 October 2019
#swfc liam palmer is still terrible— Brian (@RightmovePat) 18 October 2019
Liam Palmer must be only RB in the world that’s better at LB #swfc— Jordan Thompson (@JordThomp) 18 October 2019
Good point in end. Should be out of sight first half, second half crap. Too defensive and far too many daft free kicks.— Ryan Goodo (@RyanGoodo) 18 October 2019
Palmer can no longer play right back, and we need Westwood fit ASAP #swfc
Disappointing result for Wednesday. Cardiff v poor and we gave away too many soft fouls in our own half – missed Westwood, Palmer looked lethargic, Fox a League 1 player. Big week coming up #swfc— Francis Wight (@FrancisWight) 18 October 2019
Thought we were very good 1st half, we should have won, the officials were horrific again, but when I think about it, Palmer lucky not to give a pen away and Dawson made class save in last min so maybe a point not too bad. But never a foul for free-kick and clearly offside #swfc— Mark (@markyoungerswfc) 19 October 2019
Victory by a two-goal margin would have sent Wednesday top of the Championship table, but instead the draw sees Monk’s charges move up to sixth in the standings.