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Sheffield Wednesday rue the absence of midfielder Sam Hutchinson

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Sheffield Wednesday once again lacked any form of game management as they saw three points snatched from their grasp against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.

It’s the second time in seven days that a win has slipped from the Owls’ hands as Blackburn Rovers fought from behind last weekend to snag a victory.

Garry Monk’s side surely thought they had defeated their Welsh opponents when left-back Morgan Fox fired home an effort in the 91st-minute, but just moments later, Ben Wilmot scrambled in a corner to salvage a point at Hillsborough.

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The 40-year-old has had to face some surprise absentees in recent times – in Lancashire, it was Barry Bannan, and at the weekend, it was both Julian Borner and Sam Hutchinson.

It meant that skipper Tom Lees made his first start since returning from injury while Kieran Lee was handed a rare start having only started six matches until Saturday.

Wednesday, up until this point, had seen their defensive prowess become the strongest and most reliable aspect of their game – four clean sheets from ten league games and before the Blackburn game, just four goals conceded, per WhoScored.

Is Sam Hutchinson underrated in this Wednesday side?

Yes

Yes

No

No

As big as an absence Borner was at centre-back, he did win the club’s Player of the Month award for August after all, the exclusion of Hutchinson was by far most felt as he’s effectively the anchor that holds everything in place.

No player has records more tackle per game (2.2) than the 30-year-old while he also tops the charts in the Owls side for interceptions per match (1.9) too.

The former Chelsea man has also picked up seven yellow cards this season and as bad discipline as that’s been, it has actually helped the side out on a few occasions as it breaks the game up, slows it down, and allows Monk’s men to regroup.

That’s game management. That’s what Wednesday severely lack.

By not even featuring on Saturday, Hutchinson has proved exactly why he should be the first name on that team sheet when fit.

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