Rotherham United pulled off one of the shocks of the weekend by taking all three points away from Hillsborough in the South Yorkshire derby.
Matt Derbyshire’s first-half strike was enough to give Neil Warnock’s men the victory, and put a firm dent in the Owls’ promotion hopes in the process.
The Owls were not at the races, and now find themselves without a win in four league games, their worst run of form all season.
Rotherham meanwhile put themselves firmly in with a shout of survival with this vital win, and Warnock himself will be keen to see his side take this result and build on it as the season draws to a close.
For Carlos Carvalhal, it was more frustration and a failure to score for the second home game in a row.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Lee Connor identifies THREE things that we learned from yesterday’s game at Hillsborough…
1) Warnock got his side well up for it
The former Sheffield United manager was greeted with his usual chorus of boos and jeers as he arrived in S6 yesterday afternoon, but he was the one who had the last laugh.
The Millers were deserved winners in the end, a fact not many fans can really argue.
And it was all down to organisation, hard work, and determination to grind out a result.
Warnock will have been delighted with the scoreline and see it as the perfect away performance. His decision to play another ex-Blade Greg Halford in the middle of the park to keep a creative Owls midfield in check proved a master stroke of a move.
Warnock showed little sign of mass emotion at the end, but rest assured, this one will have felt sweet for him.
2) The Owls miss Forestieri
Wednesday were without the little Italian again as he was suspended following his controversial sending off for a dive against Hull City last time out, and it showed.
The Owls lacked a creative spark and the moment of inspiration he so often provides. Indeed, Warnock himself even said afterwards he was delighted to see the Owls line-up without their star striker.
Wednesday will need Forestieri back and on the pitch as much as possible in the coming weeks, as they seek to address their recent poor form and secure a play-off spot.
3) Are Wednesday losing their bottle?
This result made it four games without a win for the Owls, and a second defeat in those four games.
Of even more concern is the lack of goals, with blanks drawn in three of these four games during this period, and not really any signs of creating plenty of chances to come out of the lull.
Manager Carvalhal will be looking for his side to come out of this mini slump, and hopefully rediscover some of the form they showed earlier on in the season to go on and secure a play-off spot.
Automatic promotion now looks to be gone for them, and they will need their biggest characters to step up in the final weeks of the season in order to put themselves in the mix to win that all important promotion to the top-flight.
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