Sheffield Wednesday stunned the league leaders to get back on track in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
The Owls defeated Leeds United 2-0 to end a run of three straight defeats and move back into playoff contention.
At Elland Road, the match looked to be petering out into another 0-0 draw between the two teams until a late double clinched all three points for Garry Monk’s men.
Jacob Murphy opened the scoring three minutes from time, slotting home from a tight angle before Atdhe Nuhiu sealed the win by rounding off a quick counter-attack with a sweet strike from the edge of the box in injury time.
Monk was forced into a few changes with Steven Fletcher out for the next eight to ten weeks, and skipper Tom Lees too ill to travel, the latter’s replacement was Julian Borner, who fans have been left drooling over for his performance.
The 28-year-old has been handed glowing plaudits…
Btw as far as 10/10’s go Julian Borner probably put the best performance I’ve ever seen someone in a wednesday shirt put in today. Absolutely phenomenal
— Adam (@ahaywood17_) January 11, 2020
That was one of the very best centre half performances I've ever seen in a Wednesday shirt.
Take a bow Julian Börner 👏#swfc
— Tyler Savage (@tsav1867) January 11, 2020
this man is one of the best center defenders in the championship disagree and you’re wrong pal pic.twitter.com/bm47OaBe93
— Börner__SZN (@BornerSzn) January 11, 2020
I don't know how long borner contracts for but we need to tie him down for the next ten years he's been one of the best signings we have done for years.#swfc#kingborner.
— Chris turton (@Christurton7) January 11, 2020
Several fans were left raving about him, claiming he’s the best centre-back in the division while others said it was the best display they had ever seen – wonder if Des Walker has something to say about that?
The German defender was also lauded more generally with ‘unreal’ and ‘soldier’ being just two words used to describe his showing.
Borner is a chuffing soldier. Needs to be careful tho, they’ll be targeting him.
— ᒪOᖇᗪ ᕼIᒪᒪᔕᗷOᖇOᑌGᕼ🦉 (@L0RD_H) January 11, 2020
Julian Borner chesting it down in his own box in added time and I don’t even feel scared, the bloke is absolutely unreal
— Conor Heald (@CH__swfc) January 11, 2020
Borner back in and a clean sheet, what a shock! Should have never been left out, amazing win
— B O R Ξ D ⚡ W O L F (@BoredWolfOnFifa) January 11, 2020
His impact in Lees’ absence has led to some questioning why he hasn’t been starting in recent weeks with many seeing his partnership with Dominic Iorfa as the Owls’ top partnership at the back.
More confidence with Borner and Iorfa on pitch. Both class today 👍🏼🦉
— Lewis Hunt (@LewbyHunt) January 12, 2020
— Brett carter (@Brentotter) January 12, 2020
We are so much better with iorfa and borner as they are both so comfortable on ball. Lees has no skill at all and the restricts us going forward massively
— S 🦉 (@sowls88) January 11, 2020
I no he is the club captain and all that lark! But today shows we are much better defensively with borner and iorfa at centre half! Bench him on his return! @swfc
— Chris Mccrudden (@maccaowl) January 11, 2020
Borner and iorfa though, absolute class. So calm and collected. Hopefully our centre back pairing for a long time.
— Neil Sallabank (@nsallabank) January 11, 2020
Truth is, if Lees was playing we’d never score that goal. That ball would have gone back to Dawson instead of Borner to Bannan.
— Andy (@AndyD_C) January 11, 2020
It has to be Borner and Iorfa at CB now, surely? Borner is an absolute warrior #swfc
— Billy Seamus 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈. (@BillyFensterFen) January 11, 2020
Borner was labelled an ‘absolute warrior’ and ‘class’ by a couple of the Hillsborough faithful.
Wednesday supporters also expressed their desire to see him keep his place, even when their skipper returns from illness as he restricts the side going forward while Borner and Iorfa are ‘calm and composed.’
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It has even led to some suggesting that the captaincy should be handed over…
Just give Borner the captaincy next season lads
— Chris Hague (@ChrisHague13) January 12, 2020
Give that guy the armband
— FreakofNature (@mphoenix1603) January 11, 2020
As per this article by Football FanCast, the Owls are a much better side defensively with Borner starting. Therefore, it would be wise for Monk to keep him in the line up.
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