Date: 9th February 2020 at 8:30am
Written by: Brian Morgan

Tom Lees was criticised by supporters for his poor performance in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Barnsley, but he wasn’t the only defender called out on social media.

Julian Borner didn’t have the best afternoon at Oakwell and was hammered online. The 29-year-old frequently relinquished possession and struggled to quell Barnsley’s attacking threat over the 90 minutes.

Against the Tykes, Borner made 56 touches, won two aerial duels, completed 65.7% of his 35 passes, made two tackles, drew two fouls, made four interceptions, blocked one shot, made four clearances and gave away one foul.

The German defender has been a regular at the back under Garry Monk, making 27 appearances in all competitions this season and scoring one goal.

With Dominic Iorfa given the nod at right-back against Barnsley and David Bates being frozen out of the first-team, Wednesday don’t have another centre-back available.

Monk’s side have stopped the run of defeats with consecutive draws in the Championship, but the Owls have picked up only five points from their last eight games. They next face Luton Town on February 12.

Where will Sheffield Wednesday finish in the Championship?

1st - 6th

1st - 6th

7th - 14th

7th - 14th

15th - 21th

15th - 21th

22th - 24th

22th - 24th

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