Sheffield Wednesday delivered a huge victory for their fans with a 6-0 thrashing of Cambridge United at Hillsborough this afternoon, lifting the Owls to seventh in League One.
The visitors had no chance against the rampant hosts, with Darren Moore’s side controlling 68% possession and registering 23 shots on goal compared to Cambridge’s six, as Wednesday sought out their comeback from the disappointing loss against Lincoln City last week.
The scoring opened with an early own goal from Lloyd Jones, with Barry Bannan doubling the lead just four minutes later. Saido Berahino bagged a hat-trick and George Byers also found the net to complete the six-goal set in a fantastic performance from the home side.
While Berahino was on fire in front of goal, perhaps the real hero at Hillsborough was Bannan, who put in the perfect performance for the Owls today.
According to SofaScore, the 32-year-old had 100 touches during the game and offered a huge presence in both offensive and defensive play with a goal and an assist. Furthermore, he completed seven out of his ten long balls, won the majority of his duels (66%), made two interceptions and won one tackle for Wednesday over 90 minutes.
The midfielder – who was hailed a “beauty” by football journalist George Smith – has been a consistent driving force for the Yorkshire club in the current campaign, with eight goals and nine assists, averaging 71.6 touches per game and creating nine big chances so far this season. That goes to show that his presence is having a hugely positive impact on the team.
Sheffield Wednesday are on the right path to gaining a play-off position in League One to potentially get straight back into the Championship following their relegation last year; and if their performance this afternoon is anything to go by, the Owls have a great chance of reviving their season if they can maintain some consistency after winning four out of their last five games.
Moore’s team take on Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night and will be hoping to break into the top six if results go their way. They are currently just one point behind Plymouth Argyle who will face Portsmouth on Tuesday, and a repeat performance from Bannan could help to elevate the Owls into the play-off places.