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Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan

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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan says he is grateful to team-mate Ross Wallace.

Both Bannan and ex-PNE man Wallace joined the Owls in the summer transfer window.

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While the 25-year-old midfielder moved from Premier League outfit Crystal Palace, the 30-year-old former Preston winger signed on a free 
transfer after leaving Burnley at the end of last season. “Ross has been brilliant,” Bannan 
said.

“He’s played a big part in most of our goals this season and 
he’s chipped in with a few himself.

“Ross has done really well, and he’s helped me settle in at Hillsborough because it’s been great to have a fellow Scot in the club.

“We get on really well, so it’s been great to see him doing so well.”

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka was pleased his side got the job done as they beat rock-bottom Rotherham United 1-0. Having beaten Charlton 3-0 at the weekend, the expectation was to also make light work of the Millers, but they had to make do with Stewart Downing’s breakaway goal. “I think it was a difficult game. We won at Old Trafford last week, we won on Saturday and this was the third game against a tough team,” Karanka said. “It is a tough game but we missed chances to score the second, the third, the fourth. But we have to learn from this game, when everybody was expecting the second goal we played worst.”

Steve Evans said he was an “emotional man” after winning his first game in charge of Leeds United.

The Scot picked up three points at the fourth time of asking as Alex Mowatt’s wonder strike saw off Cardiff 1-0.

It was also a first victory for Leeds over City since April 1984 and a first win at home since March.

“At the end of the game I was quite an emotional man, I was welling up,” admitted Evans.

“If I achieve nothing else I have won a game in charge of a famous football club at Elland Road.”

Evans saw his birthday ruined last Thursday as Leeds lost 2-0 at home to Blackburn on a night he had predicted would be a pinnacle in his career.

But Mowatt’s strike meant the former Rotherham boss was able to celebrate belatedly.