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Sheffield Wednesday: Fans praise Julian Borner for role in Wigan Athletic win

Sheffield Wednesday: Fans praise Julian Borner for role in Wigan Athletic win

Many Sheffield Wednesday supporters have been praising the efforts of Julian Borner, after the defender helped the Owls keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic.

Garry Monk’s Owls played host to the Latics on Saturday looking to bounce back from losing away to Hull City during the week, and maintain their place on the cusp of the Championship Play-Off places after the Tigers trip left the Hillsborough natives two points behind sixth-placed Preston North End.

A thumping victory at home to Barnsley moved Preston further up the table on Saturday, but a draw between Fulham and Charlton presented Sheffield Wednesday with places to gain, and a goal by Massimo Luongo ensured the Owls grasped the chance given.

The 27-year-old fired home in the 57th minute from a cut back by Adam Reach, with the chance carved out after an instrumental piece of play by Borner to start the goalscoring move by bringing the ball out of defence.

Borner’s partnership with Dominic Iorfa also helped to a clean sheet at the back, with the pair penning five successful aerial duels and three clearances each, per WhoScored data.

Weimar, Germany-born Borner eclipsed his central defensive partner when on the ball, though, as Iorfa misplaced 47% of his balls, whereas Borner found a teammate with 81% of his – no Sheffield Wednesday player held a higher pass accuracy rating at full-time.

Borner recorded one interception, as well, and would earn the rave reviews of corners of the Hillsborough fanbase, who hailed the Steve Bruce signing from Arminia Bielefeld as a free agent as their Man of the Match.

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