Sheffield Wednesday not only ended their hoodoo at Hillsborough but also picked up their first win in five outings.
The Owls defeated an unbeaten AFC Bournemouth 1-0 at home on Tuesday evening to move onto minus one point for the season. It means they move to within seven points of safety after ten games.
Barry Bannan won it from the spot in the second half after Josh Windass was brought down by Cherries skipper Steve Cook. He was duly sent off, though both teams finished the match with ten men.
Garry Monk’s side had to see out the final few minutes without Kadeem Harris after he received his marching orders for an awful challenge on Jefferson Lerma, which was perhaps the only sour note of the game.
Although the 27-year-old’s display was hardly inspiring either, but then again, he’s being played as a wing-back instead of his natural attacking role.
Harris recorded the lowest rating of any Owls player (6.4) and committed three fouls, lost possession 12 times, won just 25% of his eight duels, failed to record a single successful dribble and delivered just one accurate cross from four attempts, via SofaScore.
As a wing-back, it is crucial that he contributes at either end of the pitch, so for the £1.35m-rated ace to not record an attempt at goal and to just deliver 25% of his crosses, is simply abysmal.
He let his manager down not only with his display but also with the red too.
This much was summed up by Dom Howson at YorkshireLive, who claimed: “his decision-making in the final third was not the best.”
There has been a real drop-off in form for the former Cardiff City winger, regressing in terms of average shots, going from 1.5 to 0.9, and key passes, going from 1.1 to 0.9, per game this season, via WhoScored.
Monk must stop playing Harris at wing-back. Either find someone more suitable in the role – perhaps Adam Reach – or go back to utilising wingers in front of full-backs.
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