Report: Wednesday 3-2 Birmingham
21/8/12 - 7.45pm
Wednesday secured their first win of the season with a 3-2 success against Birmingham City at Hillsborough.
New loan signing Rodri grabbed a goal on his debut and further strikes from Reda Johnson and Jermaine Johnson saw the Owls to victory in their first home match of the campaign.
Substitute Nikola Zigic pulled a goal back for Lee Clark's men and Marlon King netted a late consolation penalty but the hosts were worthy winners on the night.
Owls boss Dave Jones, who remains unbeaten since taking over at Hillsborough, made two changes to the side that drew at Derby on Saturday.
Mark Beevers came in to replace the injured Anthony Gardner, while Rodri was handed his debut in place of Nejc Pecnik, who dropped to the bench.
And the Spaniard almost made the dream start to his season in the blue and white stripes. Reda Johnson curled in a low cross from the left and the unmarked 22-year-old had clear site of goal but sliced his effort wide when he should have done better.
Wednesday made a bright start but the Blues had the next chance through Steven Caldwell, although Owls stopper Chris Kirkland matched his effort with a fine save to keep the scores level.
The Owls had pace in abundance down the flanks with Michail Antonio and the impressive Jermaine Johnson, pace that was causing the visitors all kinds of problems.
But it was through a goalkeeping error that Wednesday took the advantage just 13 minutes in.
While Kirkland, a former England stopper, enjoyed a good game for the Owls, youngster Jack Butland, the new kid on the block with Roy Hodgson's side, was having a bit of a nightmare.
Antonio's cross slipped through Butland's hands and Johnson was well-positioned to steer the ball into the empty net and make it two goals in as many games for the Benin defender.
Johnson could have doubled his, and Wednesday's, tally shortly after but he headed a Rhys McCabe header wide as the hosts grew in confidence.
Birmingham had their fair share of the ball but were being reduced to long-range efforts.
In contrast, the Owls were getting good chances - and making them count. With five minutes to go in the first half Reda Johnson played another influential part in a Wednesday goal as he released Rodri down the left and the Barca boy tucked a powerful low finish beneath Butland and into the back of the net.
Half-Time: Wednesday 2-0 Birmingham
The next goal was always going to be crucial and Birmingham posed the bigger threat at the start of the second half as they looked for a way back into the contest.
First, King forced Kirkland into a fine save minutes into the second half and then Chris Burke flashed an effort just wide of goal when he should have done better.
King tested Kirkland again just after the hour mark as Wednesday struggled to settle into a rhythm after the restart and the visitors sniffed an equaliser.
Rodri was replaced by Gary Madine and Wednesday started to threaten at the right end, with the on-song Jermaine Johnson teasing the Birmingham defence and twice coming close to all-but sealing the three points for the Owls.
But instead, the end was to be a tense one as City pulled a goal back through Zigic.
Nathan Redmond's cross caused problems in the Owls defence and Zigic, scorer of the late leveller for Birmingham against Charlton Athletic at the weekend, pounced to halve the deficit.
But Wednesday didn't wilt away, and didn't let the Blues build on their goal.
Instead, the Owls kept possession well and eventually set Jermaine Johnson free on goal. With no Blues defenders able to catch him, the Jamaican slotted a powerful strike beyond Butland to wrap-up the points.
King did manage to pull another goal back from the penalty spot after Reda Johnson fouled Burke in the box, but there wasn't even time to kick-off before the referee called time on proceedings.
Full-Time: Wednesday 3-2 Birmingham
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, R Johnson, Semedo, Antonio (Maguire 90), J Johnson, O`Grady (Pecnik 81), Rodri (Madine 60), McCabe, Beevers, Llera. Unused substitutes: Bywater, Madine, Mattock, Prutton, Coke.
Birmingham: Butland, Murphy, Caldwell, Davies, Burke, Mullins, King, Ambrose, Elliot (Zigic 46), Redmond, Spector. Unused substitutes: Doyle, Ibanez, Lovenkrands, Morrison, Gomis, Packwood.
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