Bruce delighted with Thorniley’s showing for Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has revealed that he was delighted with the performance of Jordan Thorniley in Saturday’s goalless draw with Reading.

Thorniley made his first Championship appearance since mid-December against the Royals, with captain Tom Lees on the sidelines through injury.

The 22-year-old won four aerial duels, according to WhoScored, and it would be fair to say that Bruce was pleased with the centre-back’s performance.

Wednesday now face a trip to Millwall on Tuesday night, where they can expect to come under some intense aerial pressure.

Bruce has said that Thorniley ‘did very well’ against Reading and has revealed that the defender will keep his spot in the XI for the clash with Millwall.

Bruce told Wednesday’s official website:

“He did very well and the reports back I’ve got from the lads over the last few weeks, he can feel harshly done by for not being in the team because he’s done very well.

“It’s good that the kid has come in and done well, he’ll have it all on tomorrow night that’s for sure because we’ll need our centre backs to be at their best. We know what Millwall will throw at us.”

Wednesday have kept seven clean sheets in their last 11 matches, including back-to-back shut-outs in Bruce’s first two matches in charge of the club.

The Owls currently occupy 16th position in the Championship table, 11 points off the playoff positions.

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