Date: 10th July 2020 at 9:00am
Written by: Brian Morgan

Sheffield Wednesday suffered a 3-1 defeat to Preston North End on Wednesday and Liam Palmer was one of many players who came in for criticism from supporters. The 28-year-old slipped when trying to block Scott Sinclair’s equaliser and he backed off the onrushing Brad Potts who fired home in injury time. Fans weren’t too kind to the makeshift centre-back.

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Against Preston, Palmer played for 90 minutes, had 65 touches, won three aerial duels, completed 74.5% of his 47 passes, whipped in two crosses, attempted 12 long balls with 33% accuracy, made four interceptions, gave away one foul and made one clearance.

The £855k-rated defender has made 258 appearances in all competitions for Wednesday, scoring one goal with nine assists. Palmer, who has represented the Scotland national team on five occasions, has been a regular for under Garry Monk this season, playing in 33 games across the board, but his form appears to be wavering.

He initially impressed as a makeshift centre-back when football returned in England, but Palmer has since come in for criticism after three defeats on the bounce. Wednesday are now 16th in the Championship with 52 points from 42 games ahead of Saturday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers.

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