The Yorkshire Post delivers its player ratings after today’s derby match as Sheffield Wednesday slumped to a 4-2 defeat against Sheffield United.
Keiren Westwood 6
Caught wrong-footed for United’s first goal. Needed some world-class saves, but not today.
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
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