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A look back at 2014

31 December 2014

Solid foundations have been laid for the Owls in 2014.

Tenth in the Championship, six points off the play-offs and four wins from six games is superb form to take into 2015.

In this feature take a look back at the highlights of the calendar year and what better place to start than at Hillsborough on Saturday 11 January.

Perhaps one of the most memorable results in the history of the club was recorded as the Owls romped to a 6-0 win over Leeds United.

In front of the Sky cameras, it was certainly a game to remember and one part of a strong month for Wednesday, who were unbeaten in eight games throughout January, winning four.

While the thumping of Leeds was one to remember, the 1-0 win over Barnsley arguably was much more significant as the Owls battled to move away from the drop zone.

The score was level at 0-0 in the final minute between two sides desperate to move away from the foot of the table but Chris Maguire’s late, late strike sent Hillsborough into a frenzy!

The Owls went on to finish the campaign in good style and move well away from the threat of relegation trouble.

Convincing wins over Birmingham (4-1) and QPR (3-0) saw Wednesday move up the table.

By April, the Owls had comfortably achieved safety under the guidance of Stuart Gray but there were two more eye-catching games before the season was out.

The first at Hillsborough against Blackburn when all seemed lost at 3-1 down but two late goals from Atdhe Nuhiu – one four minutes into added  time - salvaged a point before Wednesday travelled to the South Coast to inflict defeat on Bournemouth.

Fans were in a party mood at the Goldsands Stadium and Gray’s men duly delivered with an impressive 4-2 win.

After a challenging pre-season in Slovenia, Wednesday hit the ground running at The Amex Stadium as a Giles Coke stunner sealed an opening day win over Brighton.

A 3-2 win away at Middlesbrough was arguably the stand out result of August.

Stevie May struck his first goal for Wednesday since his switch from St Johnstone and Nuhiu added two more at The Riverside.

Wednesday overcame Premier League opposition in the Capital One Cup in the form of Burnley but that run would come to an end in September against one of the world’s strongest sides – Manchester City.

May went on to hit the target in back to back wins over Birmingham and Reading – the latter of which was the striker’s first S6 goal.

A spell of ten Championship games without a win was brought to an end at Hillsborough in November as a May double downed Wigan and Wednesday upset the odds the following week with a fine display at Ewood Park.

Blackburn were the form side and unbeaten for a significant period of time on home spoil but a last gasp strike by Claude Dielna bagged three points for the Owls in one of the most dramatic finishes to a game in 2014.

And now into December, the Owls went on to lose consecutive games against Wolves and Fulham but were soon back on track.

A win over basement side Blackpool on Boxing Day added three more welcomed points to the board and following Tuesday’s win over the Latics, the Owls are well placed in the Championship heading into 2015.

Thank you all for your support and see you next year!

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