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The Carabao Cup was back in action on Tuesday evening as Sheffield Wednesday hosted Premier League outfit Everton at Hillsborough in the third round.
Both managers rung the changes with Garry Monk switching out as many as eight players while Marco Silva surprisingly named a strong-looking line up as he looked to banish their top-flight struggles, having lost their last two outings.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was one player brought in by the Portuguese boss and it paid off with the 22-year-old striker bagging a brace for the game’s only two goals.
Behind him was a dangerous attacking trio of Richarlison, Alex Iwobi and Bernard with the latter being a menacing presence along the left-flank by recording two successful dribbles and one accurate through ball, per WhoScored.
His opposite number Moses Odubajo struggled to cope with the 27-year-old Brazilian for large spells, and even though he didn’t score or assist a goal, his contribution ultimately led to Wednesday’s downfall.
Odubajo has started the full 90 minutes in all three of Monk’s games in charge of the south Yorkshire club, so it is clear to see that he is his preferred option at right-back.
Though, this latest showing left a lot to be desired as the defender failed to register a single tackle, which likely allowed Bernard in on a few occasions.
He won just 25% of his duels, the majority of which on the ground which suggests he was often left beaten out wide.
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The 26-year-old was heavily involved in the match as he managed to gain 71 touches of the ball, but with 16 of those he lost possession – therefore, just over one in five touches handed possession back to the visitors.
Odubajo was robbed of his chance to play in the Premier League when sustaining a severe injury by dislocating his kneecap during pre-season, just a few months after Hull City had clinched promotion via the playoffs.
Based on that performance, the right-back may not be cut out for the top-flight anytime soon, but it’s always positive to see a player feature again after nearly two years out of the game.
This will be his fourth season at Championship level having made 128 appearances though he must do better going forward.