Sheffield Wednesday’s dire run of form continued on Saturday afternoon as they lost yet another Yorkshire derby, this time at the hands of Barnsley at Hillsborough Stadium.
It means Tony Pulis’ wait for his first victory in charge of the Owls rumbles on. This latest defeat makes it a total of four losses and three draws since taking over from Garry Monk.
And he can point plenty of fingers as some of the players he trusted to start, none more so than Callum Paterson, who was abysmal and anonymous in attacking midfield.
It’s no wonder that Wednesday had a serious lack of creative spark, managing just four shots on target all game.
The 26-year-old was hauled off in the 86th minute after recording a diabolical four passes all game. He’s sat in the hole and managed one pass every 21.5 minutes – that’s absolutely awful.
Also per SofaScore, the Scotland international won just 40% of his duels, lost possession 17 times from 25 touches and was dribbled past on one occasion.
To say it was a calamity from Paterson would certainly be an understatement.
YorkshireLive reporter Dom Howson summed his performance up perfectly in his post-match ratings, giving Paterson a four out of ten – the worse in the lineup – he said:
“Completely anonymous. The game passed him by in the middle of the park. Looked deeply unhappy to come off.”
Given that the Tykes only won by the solitary goal, the Owls could’ve found a way back into the match in the second half and not having your key man in the engine room performing is a worrying sign.
He truly let Pulis down with his display and you’d hope that his frustration was more at himself than at the decision to withdraw him, he was anonymous throughout.
Paterson was lucky to make it to 86 minutes, in reality.
AND in other news, Tony Pulis on verge of first SWFC masterclass over “incredible player”…