Sheffield Wednesday secured their place in the FA Cup fourth round following an impressive 1-0 win over Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
The Owls are into the hat for the fourth round draw thanks to a second half deflected strike from Adam Reach, which gave Garry Monk’s men a Premier League scalp on third round weekend.
Monk made six changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Hull City on New Year’s Day and given the fact their side had lost their last three games, some Wednesday fans may have been forgiven for being pessimistic going into the FA Cup clash.
Their Premier League counterparts made seven changes and it was for the Seagulls that the changes seemed to have backfired, with the second tier side coming away with the victory.
Here we take a look at three things we have learnt about Sheffield Wednesday following their cup win…
They may have unearthed a gem
19-year-old Osaze Urhoghide put in a solid performance on his Owls debut over the weekend.
The defender joined Sheffield Wednesday over the summer but had to wait until the Brighton game to make his first team debut.
Wednesday have seen a little lacklustre at the back recently, shipping six goals in their last three games, and if Urhoghide gets the nod in the fourth round and impresses again, he could be in with a shout of more regular first team appearances.
They need to take the resilience showed into the league
Wednesday have lost their last three league games which has seen them slip from third to eighth in the Championship table.
Here at the AMEX however, Garry Monk’s men showed resilience and professionalism to keep the Seagulls, with the likes of Neal Maupay, at bay.
Wednesday face a difficult task when they travel to Leeds United in their next league game, and should they leave Elland Road with something, they will have to show similar resilience.
Their response to their poor league form is encouraging
Wednesday could have been in danger of having a really poor spell given their recent poor form in the league.
If Wednesday had got off to a bad start on the south coast then the Owls could have been in danger of a bad result, which could have been carried into their league form.
Thankfully the win at Brighton will be encouraging for the Wednesday faithful, and after bouncing back against the odds in the cup, the result may help their league form improve.