Sheffield Wednesday’s dream of sneaking into the play-offs was destroyed on Saturday evening as Leeds United deservedly claimed a 1-0 victory at Elland Road.
The hosts were dominant throughout and Steve Bruce’s side struggled to retain possession for any significant length of time, with Barry Bannan’s influence diminishing as the game developed.
The key playmaker showed signs that he could provide a moment of magic for the visitors in the first-half, testing Kiko Casilla with a long range effort and looking to penetrate with incisive through balls from deep.
But a couple of moments of promise aside the 29-year-old was stifled and merely reduced to a pawn in Wednesday’s defensive shape.
Bannan’s anonymous showing left plenty of Wednesday fans on Twitter exasperated and frustrated, and they didn’t hold back in their criticism of the Scotland international.
In the heat of the moment it’s easy to sympathise with the supporters who saw their side produce little by way of resistance to the Leeds onslaught, and the central midfield lynchpin certainly wasn’t the only individual in receipt of stern criticism.
Here’s what disgruntled Wednesday fans had to say about Bannan’s performance…
Bannan has been shocking but you won’t hear his fan boys saying anything on here about it 👀
— Jamie (@Jamie27615478) April 13, 2019
I don’t rate Bannan, gives ball away too much, if he was any good we wouldn’t have got him on a free
— Daddy Lockers (@davidstar0) April 13, 2019
Not big enough or strong enough to control midfield, and is increasingly spending more time passing sideways or back. Never supports forwards, very poor goal tally. My patience is running out with baz.
— keiron wilcock (@keiron1972) April 13, 2019
Barry Bannan is absolutely horrific, get him gone
— edders (@edders18) April 13, 2019
Two reasons Bannan ain’t a Premier League player… 1. He can’t shoot. 2. He goes missing in big games.
— Spiller (@GobshiteSpiller) April 13, 2019
Bannan has had a poor game today passing has been poor
— Craig1973 (@craighay) April 13, 2019
Apart from the clever turn and shot Bannan has been miles behind the pace for #swfc today, is he still carrying a knock?
— J Λ M Ξ S (@FourFourJames) April 13, 2019
Bannan has been shocking today #SWFC
— David Swfc Ranger (@dave_swfc1) April 13, 2019