Leicester 1-4 Wednesday
02/12/06 - 15:00
Three second-half wonder goals helped the Owls continue their impressive form under Brian Laws as they climbed up the table thanks to an emphatic 4-1 victory away at Leicester City at the weekend.
Goals from Chris Brunt, Glenn Whelen and Marcus Tudgay capped off a fine day at the office for Wednesday after Brunt had opened the scoring with a controversial first-half penalty and Foxes captain Paddy McCarthy was sent off for a second bookable offence just after the break.
Laws made two changes to the side that swept aside West Brom in midweek with youngster Tommy Spurr coming in at left-back in place of the injured John Hills while Yoann Folly returned in place of the suspended Kenny Lunt.
And the Owls' confidence showed as early as the second minute as loanee Wayne Andrews pounced on a poor defensive clearance from Paddy McCarthy to send a low shot racing by Conrad Logan in the Leicester goal.
But the Foxes, fresh on the back of three consecutive defeats, got back in the game as Elvis Hammond and Josh Low began to cause Spurr problems down the Leicester right and had the best of the early chances for the hosts.
Tricky-winger Levi Porter, the pick of the bunch for a lacklustre Foxes outfit, also had a chance for Rob Kelly's men - but Mark Crossley didn't have a save to make in the opening 45 minutes.
And it was the Owls who duly took advantage of a controversial decision by referee Rob Styles to award a penalty kick after Wayne Andrews was felled inside the Leicester box minutes before the break.
Chris Brunt was in no mood to look a gifthorse in the mouth and powerfully slotted the ball home to give Wednesday the half-time advantage.
Half-Time: Leicester 0-1 Wednesday
Rob Kelly brought former Nottingham Forest midfielder Gareth Williams on to replace Danny Tiatto at half-time but his plans were scuppered just five minutes in to the second half as captain Paddy McCarthy was shown a second yellow card for a foul on former Manchester City team-mate Glenn Whelen.
And the Owls capitalised on their one-man advantage as Chris Brunt doubled his tally for the afternoon with a superb long-range effort which gave Conrad Logan no chance and should have seen the Owls secure all three points against a poor 10-man Foxes team.
Marcus Tudgay could have made sure of all three points minutes later as he sent a long-range effort of his own agonisingly wide before Logan made a superb close-range save from Deon Burton after Wayne Andrews slipped the Owls striker in from the right.
But the Foxes continued to press for a breakthrough and it came in fortunate circumstances as Stephen Hughes fired a long-range effort which took a huge deflection off an Owls defender and ended up in the back of the net to spark the hosts in to some form.
The goal lifted the hosts and Hughes saw another effort from the edge of the box before Madjid Bougherra was in the right place at the right time to block Elvis Hammond's goalbound effort on the line.
But the Owls stubborn defence soaked up the City pressure and Wednesday regained their two goal advantage on 70 minutes as Glenn Whelen fired home a contender for goal of the month which struck the underside of the bar before finding the back of the net and sending the 3,400 travelling Wednesdayites barmy.
Marcus Tudgay was also in on the act minutes later as his power saw him see off the challenge of Richard Stearman before racing towards goal and unleashing a superb effort to make it 4-1 and wrap up the victory for Brian Laws' men.
Leicester: Logan; Stearman, McCarthy, Kisnorbo, Maybury; Low (McAuley 51), Tiatto (Williams h-t), Hughes, Porter; Hume, Hammond (Fryatt 85). Subs: Henderson, McAuley, Welsh.
Wednesday: Crossley; Simek, Bougherra (Coughlan 86), Bullen, Spurr (O'Brien 86); Andrews, Folly, Whelan, Brunt; Burton (MacLean 74), Tudgay. Subs: Adamson, McAllister.
His two-goals were decisive for the Owls in earning all-three points against the Foxes. His second goal will surely be a contender for goal of the month while his work in the run up to Wednesday's third and fourth showed just how far he's come since Brian Laws took the reigns at Hillsborough. Will surely be earning a recall to the Northern Ireland side on this form.
Brian Laws told BBC Sport:
'Penalty aside, they were three of the best goals I've seen in a long time.
'You are usually lucky to see one of those but we've scored three and that's amazing. We may have been comfortable but we still had to work hard for it.'
Rob Kelly told BBC Sport:
'Losing four-one at home is a bad result, that's obvious and I am certainly not running away from it.
'But we will be back in on Monday working hard to try to turn it around.'