Player ratings - Who was the brightest star in Steel City derby?

Owls Steven Fletcher with Blades' Paul Coutts...Pic Steve Ellis
Owls Steven Fletcher with Blades' Paul Coutts...Pic Steve Ellis
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The Yorkshire Post delivers its player ratings after today’s derby match as Sheffield Wednesday slumped to a 4-2 defeat against Sheffield United.

Sheffield Wednesday

Keiren Westwood 6

Caught wrong-footed for United’s first goal. Needed some world-class saves, but not today.

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Jack Hunt 6

Ever-willing runner up and down the flanks for Wednesday. But no Owls defender came out of this with any credit.

Tom Lees 6

The Owls skipper had to take his share of the blame, for a rocky back four who more than helped gift United their goals.

Joost van Aken 5

Struggled in his first Steel City derby, and the Dutch centre-half will want to forget this game quickly.

Adam Reach 6

Good going forward, but he is not a defender, and United looked to target him at left-back.

Ross Wallace 6

Set-up Hooper’s goal and looked most likely to create something for the Owls.

David Jones 5

Poor opening 45 minutes, and no surprise to see the defensive midfielder substituted at half-time.

Kieran Lee 5

Looked short of pace and without his usual energetic spark. Gifted possession in build-up to United first goal.

Barry Bannan 6

Scottish international was booked in first half, but impressed after the break.

Gary Hooper 7

Showed his clinical finishing with a poacher’s goal just before half-time.

Steven Fletcher 6

Had a quiet game, coming off second best against United’s rearguard. Was replaced by Jordan Rhodes in second half.


Lucas Joao (45 for Jones) 6

The Portuguese striker equalised, but parity was short-lived. Looked fresh in a rare appearance for the Owls.

Jordan Rhodes (68 for Fletcher)

Had no chance to make an impression, Disappointing.

Jacob Butterfield (78 for Wallace) 6

Unused subs

Joe Wildsmith

Liam Palmer

Daniel Pudil

Atdhe Nuhiu

Sheffield United

Jamal Blackman 6

Didn’t have a lot to do, but was confident on the ball and his distribution was efficient.

George Baldock 6

Had a quiet game, but was reliable on the flanks for United.

Jack O’Connell 8

Commanding display from the United defender at the heart of the visitors’ defence.

Chris Basham 7

Took charge of the game, and a standout performance from the experienced defender.

Jake Wright 7

Came up with an impressive block to deny Jack Hunt what seemed a certain goal. Substituted on 62 mins.

Enda Stevens 7

His long-range pass split open Wednesday’s defence to create the opening goal for Leon Clarke.

Cameron Carter-Vickers 7

The on-loan defender impressed and looks likely to be playing at a higher level in the future.

Paul Coutts 7

Tireless running from the midfielder, who stood out in the opening 45 minutes.

John Fleck 7

Powered home the free kick which gave the Blades a third-minute lead, and helped run the show for the visitors in the first half.

David Brooks 8

Talented midfielder whose superb early run set the tone for a dominant opening 45 minutes from United.

Leon Clarke 8

Netted against his former team, and was only denied a second by the on-rushing Westwood in the first half. Capitalised on late error to score United’s fourth.


Mark Duffy (62 for Wright) 7

Grabbed the all-important goal, moments after coming off the bench.

John Lundstram (83 for Brooks) 6

Unused subs

Simon Moore

Billy Sharp

Daniel Lafferty

Ched Evans

Samir Carruthers