Sheffield Wednesday beat relegation rivals Wycombe to move out of the Championship bottom three last night and the performance of centre-back Chey Dunkley has drawn an excited response from many fans.
Goals from Jordan Rhodes and Adam Reach were enough to hand the Owls the victory at Hillsborough – meaning caretaker boss Neil Thompson has now won three of his last four games.
Two of those have been clean sheets and Wednesday did well to negate the Chairboys’ attacking threats last night, allowing them just two shots on target all evening.
Thompson used a three centre-back system, with Tom Lees on the right, Osaze Urhoghide on the left, and Dunkley playing centrally.
The latter arrived from Wigan in the summer and has featured eight times after missing much of his debut season due to injury.
Owls supporters are yet to see the aerial threat that has helped him scored 20 times in his EFL career but his defensive qualities were on show last night.
Dunkley won nine of his 14 defensive duels, made four clearances, three interceptions, and one tackle (Sofascore).
It was far from a perfect performance, however, and he wasn’t great on the ball – making just 26 touches all evening, losing possession 12 times and connecting with just five of his 15 passes (Sofascore).
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The 28-year-old’s display has proven a talking point among Wednesday supporters, with many taking to Twitter to heap praise on him.
Read their reaction here:
Chey dunkley is the sort of player all clubs should be built around and should have in abundance, not enough chey dunkleys in today’s game and getting him on a free and having him part of our club fighting is brilliant going forward #swfc
— Kane Woodman (@kwoodman) February 9, 2021
One of best team performances this season. Every man battled for the shirt. Dunkley, hutch, bannan, and Harris had a stormer. But everyone played well. Well done boys! Wawaw
— Ryan Davies Tattoo (@royalowltattoo) February 9, 2021
Loved the passion from dunkley at the end and sammy hutch is just sammy hutch #class
— Tom (@tprowl) February 9, 2021
@Dunks_92 big game player love that my CB 🦉👏🏾💙
— ED14 (@ED6ix) February 9, 2021
Dunks should be captain imo.
— Jez Ward (@jezw73) February 9, 2021
— Adam 🦉 (@AdamSWFC_) February 9, 2021
— Harry Allen (@Haarrryyyyy1) February 10, 2021
— Matt Littlewood (@Littlewood1992) February 9, 2021