Following a winless run of five games last month, Sheffield Wednesday made it back to back wins on Saturday, beating Brentford 2-1 at Hillsborough.
After Bryan Mbeumo had given the visitors the lead half an hour into the game – heading in Josh DaSilva’s corner – Wednesday would hit back after the break, with two goals from Steven Fletcher in the space of five minutes, turning the game in favour of the Owls.
Garry Monk’s would then see out some late pressure from the Bees to secure all three points, and lift themselves back into the Championship play-off places.
That is something that those associated with the Owls will take plenty of encouragement from, and here, we take a look at three things we learned about Sheffield Wednesday from that latest win.
Steven Fletcher’s form is key right now
Of the five goals Wednesday have scored in their last two wins – 3-1 at Charlton and 2-1 here – four have come courtesy of Steven Fletcher.
Even at 32-years-old, Fletcher is proving to be a real problem for defences this season, and he could have had plenty with the chances he had against Brentford in particular, highlighting his continuing creativity and hunger to make an impact for this side.
Indeed, without those goalscoring contributions, Wednesday would be looking at a return of just one point from those last two games, rather than the six they have taken, meaning right now, they must look to exploit the form Fletcher is in as much as possible.
There could be a way back in for Jordan Rhodes
Fletcher wasn’t the only striker who made a big impact against Brentford on Saturday, with Jordan Rhodes also sending out a message of his own to those in charge of the Owls.
Having been brought on at half time with Wednesday a goal down for just his fifth league appearance of the season – all of which have come from the bench – it was Rhodes’ work rate and movement that helped open the Brentford defence in such a way that allowed the likes of Fletcher to move into the box and take their chances.
With Monk himself having described that performance as a potential springboard for Rhodes’ Wednesday career, it seems as though the striker may have forced his way back into contention at Hillsborough, with the January transfer window just a few weeks away.
They remain a dangerous side in this promotion race
If Wednesday are to challenge for a play-off place or better this season, then it seems this was a game they were always going to have to win.
Going into the clash at Hillsborough, Brentford were seventh in the Championship table, one point and two places above Wednesday, making them the sort of team Monk’s side will have to take points off in order to overhaul in the race for the top six spots.
That they found a way to do that on Saturday is encouraging, and the fact they did so against a Brentford side who came to Hillsborough on a big high following that 7-0 thrashing of Luton last week, makes this result all the more impressive.