It was a battle of two teams enduring winless streaks on Tuesday evening in the Championship, and it was indeed Sheffield Wednesday who saw their shocking run of form continue at the hands of relegation rivals Nottingham Forest.
The Owls have now lost four successive matches and are yet to win under Tony Pulis, leading to much of the Hillsborough faithful slamming the 62-year-old in response to the club’s official Twitter account.
Although he can be blamed for starting particular players, he cannot be blamed for their disappointing attitude and lack of fight and desire – and that all starts with the skipper, Barry Bannan.
Yes, he is often the talisman of this side but at the City Ground, he was wasteful, lightweight and far from what you’d expect from your captain.
The 31-year-old enjoyed the most touches of any visiting player (91) but could only make 79% of his 71 passing attempts, delivered one accurate cross from six tries and lost possession 22 times in the heart of midfield, via SofaScore.
Bannan also managed just one dribble, one key pass and failed to register a single shot on target. Clearly, when he’s not on it, neither are the Owls.
As Dom Howson at YorkshireLive put perfectly in his post-match ratings, it was a ‘night to forget for the captain.’
He added: “[Bannan] gave the ball away cheaply and his deliveries from set play were also a big disappointment. Never got going.”
During times like this, you need your main man to dig the others out of the mire – to encourage; to hold account. The Scotsman, who earns around £24k-per-week at the club, failed to do all of that.
Pulis has taken over a sinking ship and will need to be backed substantially in the transfer market in January otherwise the prospect of League One will quickly become a reality.
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