Sheffield Wednesday were beaten 2-1 by Brentford last night and many Owls fans have been pining for midfielder Massimo Luongo’s return after he missed the game against the Bees.
Brentford summer signing Ivan Toney scored a brace for the visitors at Hillsborough, grabbing the winner soon after Callum Paterson’s header had pulled them back level.
The defeat was the Owls second of the season and leaves them bottom of the table on -4 points.
It was also the first Championship game that midfielder Massimo Luongo has missed all season and the absence of the industrious Australian certainly had an impact.
The 28-year-old has been excellent alongside Barry Bannan in the centre of Wednesday’s midfield so far this term but missed last night games due to a minor knee injury he suffered in the game against Birmingham City on Saturday.
Garry Monk suggested last night that Luongo’s injury should keep him out long and that they’re just waiting for the swelling to go down, which will be music to the ears of the Hillsborough faithful.
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Now in his second season at the Yorkshire club, the midfielder appears to be a popular figure and he was certainly missed by fans last night, with many taking to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
Read their reaction here:
Positives from last night
🔵Showed fight and determination
🔵@Callump7 – like him
🔵Crowd never booed
🔵players seem interested and not just there for the money
🔵Reach – pull him out
🔵@Moses_28 look out of his depth
🔵We miss Luongo. Midfield loses its bite #swfc
— neilbartrop (@neilbartrop) October 22, 2020
Tonight showed how fundamental to us Mass Luongo is. He is the fulcrum of the team that allows the rest to tick. Missed him hugely tonight both defensively and offensively. Need to wrap the lad in cotton wool this season #swfc
— Matt Summerhill (@MattSummerhill) October 21, 2020
Different game with a fit Luongo playing. Still, move on to Saturday #swfc
— Philip Scarborough (@ashes2015) October 21, 2020
We missed Luongo so much tonight, one of the best in the league in his position, beaten by a better side tonight #swfc
— Broom (@reachsleftpeg) October 21, 2020
Wasn't an awful performance against the best team in the league, missed Luongo, would have started Joey or FDB over Hunt to start with, next 3 games are massive, need at least 2 wins but should be 3 on paper! Onwards and upwards! #swfc
— Jack (@jack231997) October 21, 2020
My assessment of tonight’s #swfc game. We are slightly better than we were last season, better impetus and drive. Penney is better than Reach who was weak and can’t cross .Borner is better than Moses . Missed Luongo and of course Iorfa
— Rich Gill (@richygill82) October 21, 2020
Disappointing that we couldn't get the result there but injuries have done us there. Badly missed luongo & another centre half. Win Saturday & it's still been a good week. #swfc
— Tezowl (@tezowl) October 21, 2020
With the number of injuries there, that was good. No Luongo is an absolute killer, Hunt just got eaten up that first half. An expected loss with the team Brentford are. A lot to go on with for Saturday #swfc
— Matt (@MR3402) October 21, 2020