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Jos Luhukay believes Barry Bannan would have made the difference

Jos Luhukay believes Barry Bannan would have made the difference

Sheffield Wednesday were held to a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.

The Owls took a two-goal lead before the Baggies pegged them back with two late goals to share the spoils on the night at Hillsborough.

Jos Luhukay’s side have managed to put in a good account of themselves in the last two matches, having come up against Leeds United as well and have managed to remain unbeaten.

However, the Dutch boss believes the result could have been different should he have had one of his key players available for the game.

Barry Bannan was absent through suspension and Luhukay told the Sheffield Star he had felt if the Scotland international was on the pitch, the outcome of the match could have been different.

“I was proud of my team in the first half. It is not easy for us to replace Barry Bannan but I think the players played with trust and confidence,” he told the Sheffield Star.

“But I know if Barry had been there, it would have been a different situation for us. Barry could have helped us in the second half and maybe given us the rests on the ball so we could have done more in the attacking transitions.

“I think the team can take credit from the way they played but at the end, everyone was disappointed we didn’t get the three points.”

The Verdict:

Bannan has been instrumental for Sheffield Wednesday this season and there is no doubt he was a miss for the side on Wednesday.

The Scottish international, who is valued at £2.7million by Transfermarkt, is an experienced member of the side and would have been able to slow down the play at times, which may have helped Luhukay’s side to the three points.

However, the Owls will not have been too disappointed with picking up a point against both Championship leaders over the course of a couple of days, but they will look ahead to a tough away trip to Bristol City, who sit level with each other in the table.

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