MATCH REPORT: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Peterborough 1 - SLIDESHOW

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DAVE Jones said he was glad the floodlights were turned. They brightened up a dull day.

But Saturday’s game was one of those where the result alone was the shining light.

The fact that the Owls kept their revival going was more important than dazzling football, nice though it would have been.

Jones was spot-on to say that his team have played better in some other games and lost, and that sometimes you just have to grind out results.

A second successive win against a bottom-four side and a move out of the bottom three were what mattered most.

Wednesday also showed tenacity and resolve in forcing themselves into the lead and then making sure that Peterborough’s one goal was all the visitors were going to get.

As a spectacle the first half was one of the poorest seen at Hillsborough this season.

Judging by Jones’s post-match remarks, the talk in the Owls dressing room at half time was much the same as that in the press room at half time - focusing on a lack of tempo.

Wednesday have shown they can pass and move at speed and open up teams - the Leeds game was a good example, so was Ipswich.

But both sides on Saturday were comparatively sluggish in the first half, and each manager suggested it was the opposition’s fault for slowing the game down.

I just wondered whether just a tiny bit of complacency was at the back of some Owls minds, in view of the result and performance at Ipswich, and ahead of a home game against the fourth-from-bottom side.

Jones responded to that suggestion by saying: “We spoke about keeping the tempo up - we do it all the time.

“We’re at our best when we’re high tempo, like a lot of teams. I thought we just took too many touches. We were running with the ball, dribbling with it. I keep telling the players there’s one thing out there that never gets tired - that’s the ball. You might as well let that do the work.

“We were being overworked a bit by running with it and trying to do fancy flicks and tricks.

“We just keep battering on at them to move the ball. You can hear us from touchline - ‘two or three touch.’

“The wingers are going to run at people and dribble. The rest of it you’ve got to shorten in down because it stops people getting to you.

“We had spells in the second half where we did that and opened them up.”

Ross Barkley’s goal only 10 seconds after the restart changed the mood of the game.

From the kick-off the ball was knocked to right back Lewis Buxton; he launched it forward, Chris O’Grady flicked it on and Barkley, who scored after 45 seconds at Ipswich, beat the keeper with a firm strike inside his top near corner to net his fourth goal for the Owls.

The first half was forgettable, though Wednesday still made chances and some good situations: Jay Bothroyd shot tamely at the keeper, Miguel Llera missed with two headers from Bothroyd corners.

Paul Corry’s blossoming fortunes took an unfortunate turn when he suffered an ankle injury in a tackle and was replaced in only the 24th minute by Rhys McCabe, a capable substitute.

Pressure brought penalty appeals, for challenges on Michail Antonio, who was a handful for the Posh defence, and for a push on Miguel Llera. Antonio is so quick and forceful that sometimes it is hard to tell from afar whether he has been fouled or he has just gone off balance - it’s always worth a shout, and one of the challenges on him, by Shaun Brisley, looked suspiciously like a foul.

The winger also had a chance when he ran on to a glorious ball from McCabe and poked a shot wide as the keeper came out.

Frustration increased when Llera, waiting to meet an Antonio long throw, ended up on the deck and nothing was given. But the mood did’t last long: Antonio delivered a lovely cross from the left with the outside of his right boot

and Llera stooped to bullet a header into the top corner from a few yards out.

Peterborough’s goal three minutes after came a bit too easily, a corner not cleared properly and George Boyd half-volleyed in his only telling moment of the match.

But Wednesday didn’t wobble after that - and said ‘goodbye’ to the bottom three!