On Tuesday evening, Sheffield Wednesday went to Ewood Park and came away with all three points, courtesy of Steven Fletcher’s 22nd minute deflected strike.
The win, Wednesday’s 4th in their last 5 league matches, moved them up to 7th in the Championship table, only outside the play-off places on goal-difference.
In stark contrast, another defeat for Blackburn leaves them in 22nd, in the relegation zone, having amassed a mere 8 points from their opening 10 games.
Here are THREE things we learnt from the game…
1. The Owls are starting to find their form
Having suffered a poor start to the season, due to what some might say was a play-off hangover, Sheffield Wednesday are starting to click into gear in what can be a gruelling Championship season.
As eluded to earlier, they reached the play-off final last season, only to lose 1-0 to Hull. And the potential they showed in that season is now being illustrated, the triumph in Lancashire their second in under a week.
Manager Carlos Carvalhal will now be hoping that, with most of the squad having settled in, they can mount a serious attempt at promotion, as they have the potential to do.
2. Blackburn unable to build on Saturday’s victory
Victory at the iPro stadium on Saturday marked a slight upturn in what has been a torrid season so far for Owen Coyle and his Blackburn charges.
They will have hoped that they could use that a stepping stone, but on Tuesday, they were simply well beaten.
This will be a concern for Coyle, as they have only managed two victories in the league so far this season, and they have to make those occur more frequently, or they are at serious risk of relegation.
3. Steven Fletcher has the potential to play a vital role for Wednesday
The signing of match winner, Steven Fletcher, could well have been a masterstroke by Carvalhal.
That goal was his 4th of the season so far, and having signed on a free, this is already a satisfactory return given his all round play.
Although it was deflected, last night’s goal was just a reminder of the striker’s instinct that persuaded Sunderland to sign him for £12 million.
Wednesday will hope he can he keeps scoring, because that could be the difference between automatic promotion, and another season in the play-offs.