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16:23 30th June 2015

REPORT: Owls 2-1 Blackburn

A Ross Wallace double gave Wednesday their fourth successive win as they came from behind to beat ten-man Blackburn.

And all the action of note came after the break when a lacklustre first half gave way to a thrilling second.

Rovers took the lead through Craig Conway, who alas went from hero to villain when he was sent off for dangerous play following a Wallace equaliser.

Then Wallace put the Owls 2-1 up after some trademark trickery from Fernando Forestieri, which set the tone for a comfortable finish and three more points.

As expected, Wednesday took the game to Rovers, dominating under the S6 lights.

Lucas Joao and Forestieri looked particularly dangerous, although on the whole, the visitors’ goal was untroubled.

In fact the first real threat came at the other end when former Wednesday loanee Ben Marshall pulled the trigger after bursting into the box but Glenn Loovens snuffed out the danger with a brave block.

That tackle had a lasting effect, though, and a clearly troubled Loovens was forced out of the action, replaced by Vincent Sasso.

The Owls soon regrouped and Gary Hooper did all the hard work in pulling a high, deflected cross from the sky only to stab straight at Jason Steele.

Joao headed a Wallace corner over the bar as the one-way traffic continued and next it was Alex Lopez to sting Steele’s hands from distance.

Half time came with the Owls frustrated – which was only exacerbated when Rovers stole into the lead 30 seconds after the resumption.

Darragh Lenihan delivered a fine cross to the back post, where Conway expertly guided his header past the diving Keiren Westwood.

But four minutes later, Wednesday were level. Hooper played in Wallace down the right and the Scot’s effort was deflected high over the despairing Steele and into the far corner.

Then just to compound an awful passage of play for Blackburn, goalscorer Conway promptly saw red for a late challenge on Lopez.

On 62 minutes, bad went to worse for the Lancashire side as the Owls went into the lead.

Forestieri was typically on the end of a Westwood punt upfield and jinked his way to the by-line before feeding Wallace, who buried from ten yards.

Daniel Pudil, Forestieri and Joao each went close to putting the game to bed before substitute Aiden McGeady rattled the crossbar in injury time. but the damage was already done to leave the Owls firmly ensconced in the coveted top six.

Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Loovens (Sasso 25), Lees, Pudil, Wallace (McGeady 76), Lee, Lopez, Joao, Forestieri (Nuhiu 79), Hooper


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