Unsung Hero: Julian Borner impresses against Blackburn despite defeat for Sheffield Wednesday

Unsung Hero: Julian Borner impresses against Blackburn despite defeat for Sheffield Wednesday

Whilst Sheffield Wednesday succumbed to defeat against Blackburn on Saturday, Julian Borner still managed to produce a solid display. We have taken a closer look at his performance against Rovers in the latest edition of our Unsung Hero feature.

It was a disappointing afternoon in Lancashire for Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, who threw away a 1-0 lead with just minutes to go to lose 2-1 against Blackburn Rovers (via BBC Sport).

Jacob Murphy had given the Owls the lead, but goals from Tosin Adarabioyo and John Buckley secured three points for Tony Mowbray’s side.

It would be fair to say that most Sheffield Wednesday players were not at their best at Ewood Park. However, one player who could come away from the game with his head held high after a positive performance was Julian Borner.

The defender has been an ever-present for the Owls so far this season, starting 14 of their 15 Championship games (WhoScored), with the only game he has missed being their draw against Leeds United last week (BBC Sport).

He has produced consistently excellent performances for the South Yorkshire side and has helped them keep five clean sheets (Transfermarkt).

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His performance was once again good against Blackburn, a statement which can be backed up by the statistics.

Indeed, the German made some vital defensive contributions throughout the match, making four clearances, three successful tackles, two interceptions and blocking one shot in the 90 minutes, ultimately finishing with a match rating of 7.36 (via WhoScored).

Borner has been a terrific signing for Sheffield Wednesday. He cost them absolutely nothing in the summer after leaving Arminia Bielefeld and has helped the Owls become a solid defensive unit – they have shipped just 12 goals in 15 games so far (BBC Sport).

Whilst he and his teammates will be disappointed to have conceded two late goals at Ewood Park, he should be content with his own performance. If he continues to play to the level he has been doing, then the Owls won’t concede too many this term.

Sheffield Wednesday fans, how good has Julian Borner been this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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