Sheffield Wednesday must’ve thought they’d grabbed the three points at Ewood Park when Jacob Murphy nodded in his 83rd-minute opener, but two very late goals from Blackburn Rovers meant the hosts snatched a 2-1 victory.
Both goalkeepers made important saves to keep the tie goalless until late in the second half when Murphy popped up at the back post to break the deadlock, nodding in the rebound after Steven Fletcher hit the bar.
Rovers didn’t let their heads drop, however, and Tosin Adarabioyo’s looping header brought the sides level in the 88th minute before John Buckley scored a 91st-minute winner for the home side, which was the 20-year-old’s first senior goal for the club.
Will Sheffield Wednesday make the play-offs this season?
The result means Wednesday drop out of the play-off places, leaving them one point adrift from the top six after a hugely impressive first two months in charge for Garry Monk.
His side will be looking to bounce back when they face Swansea City at Hillsborough next weekend.
Before the focus switches to the visit of the Swans, here are three things we learned about Wednesday against Blackburn.
Keiren Westwood appears to have ended Monk’s selection dilemma.
It was an impressive display by the 35-year-old on Saturday, who made a number of fantastic saves to keep the scores level in the second half–including acrobatically tipping Joe Rothwell’s header over the bar.
The recent performances of Cameron Dawson, who kept back-to-back clean sheets when Westwood was out injured, threatened the Irishman’s first-team place but the performance against Rovers on Saturday has likely ensured it is safe.
Barry Bannan and Massimo Luongo have become a vital midfield duo.
Injury issues meant Wednesday were without Bannan and Luongo on Saturday and they were sorely missed.
Without Bannan, the Owls didn’t seem to ever take control of the game, while you feel with Luongo’s dynamism and high-energy in the centre of the park the visitors may have been able to get a result.
They will want the midfield pair back as soon as possible.
The start of Monk’s tenure at Hillsborough has still been impressive.
Saturday’s result will be a disappointment but it should not take too much away from what has been a fantastic start to life for the Wednesday/Monk union.
The Owls were without a number of key players (Bannan, Luongo, Tom Lees) and came very close to victory.
They’ve taken 15 points from their last 10 Championship games and remain in contention for the play-offs, so there are lots of things to be positive about.