Sheffield Wednesday continued their rut in the Championship with a 0-0 stalemate at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.
The Owls were held by Millwall as neither team could find that elusive breakthrough and the point as done them both no favours as they have slipped further away from playoff contention.
Garry Monk was only able to call on one of his three new first-team additions as Alessio Da Cruz was named on the bench with Connor Wickham and Josh Windass joining too late on Deadline Day to be registered in time.
Wednesday have won just one of their last six league outings and are now seven points from sixth-placed Bristol City.
There was even a shock inclusion for Moses Odubajo, deputising at left-back in the absence of the injured Morgan Fox – and he showed exactly why he could still have a future at the club despite recent reports…
The 26-year-old was signed by Steve Bruce in the summer but has fallen out of favour under Monk, so much so that it was reported by the Sheffield Star that he was ‘free to leave’ the club during the transfer window last month.
Odubajo has played just three matches since returning from suspension at Derby County back at the start of December with his quick accumulation of yellow cards seemingly being enough for Monk to drop him entirely.
His appearance in the Millwall game was his second successive 90 minutes, but first playing at left-back and he put in a solid shift.
Per SofaScore, Odubajo recorded a match-high seven tackles as well as three clearances, three interceptions and one successful dribble. He even won 75% of his ground duels and wasn’t dribbled past once.
These figures surely provide encouragement that he can still offer some sort of influence as the season goes on, even if it’s just as cover on either side of the defence.
It would certainly be another zero-to-hero story at Hillsborough, one that follows in the direct footsteps of Fox, who was rarely-seen before Monk was appointed.
And in other news, Sheffield Wednesday fans hail Fernando Forestieri’s impact against Millwall…