“A worry” “A bit mad” Sheffield Wednesday player ratings in dour basement draw with Middlesbrough
The teams made up two thirds of the Championship outfits to enter round seven of the fixture list without a win and will head into round eight in the same position despite Anthony Musaba’s first half opener.
Middlesbrough, among the challengers for promotion last season, looked timid in the first 45 and the Owls took advantage, taking a deserved lead into the break.
Bt the second half was a different story and the Teessiders dragged their way back into it with Darragh Lenihan’s headed effort.
Another point on the board feels like a so-so return as Wednesday continue on their quest for a win under Xisco.
Here are our player ratings from a fairly dour evening at S6.
Former Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski said on Wednesday he hopes Harry Kane breaks his goal record with the German champions. Lewandowski chalked up the mark in 2020-21, breaking the 49-year-old record of 40 goals in a season scored by German striker Gerd Mueller, also for Bayern.
As the straw man argument persists about the validity of a replay between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool (Liverpool have never asked for one) and why there is no refereeing conspiracy (no-one beyond social media has suggested there is), the Premier League must consider an inconvenient question following the release of the audio surrounding Luis Diaz’s ‘goal’.
Jurgen Klopp believes the statement that Liverpool released against the backdrop of the VAR controversy they were on the end of in their loss to Tottenham Hotspur was ‘completely normal’. Luis Diaz’s goal in the first half was ruled offside despite clearly being in a legal position and VAR referee Darren England failed to overturn the decision. England thought that Diaz had been onside with a quick check completed before realising his mistake.
Chelsea midfielder Moises Caicedo is set to be fit to face Burnley on Saturday, in a much-needed injury boost for Mauricio Pochettino. Mykhailo Mudryk, however, was still being assessed today and it is unclear if he will be available for the game. Caicedo was forced off late on during Monday's 2-0 win at Fulham following a collision with Willian.