Uwe rosler punched the air and celebrated as if his team had become the first to win at hillsborough this season.
This was no ordinary goalless draw as far as brentford were concerned - and they are used to picking up points on their travels as they have the third best away record in league one.
It was a big compliment to wednesday that the bees used tactics designed to stop them and avoid becoming the owls’ eighth hillsborough victims this season.
To give rosler’s side their due, they did not merely sit back all the time; they did enough attacking to cause a few problems. Add wednesday’s probing and near misses and it was something of a enthralling encounter, worthy of being a high-scoring draw rather than one without goals.
Wednesday came close enough to winning to feel, rightly, that there was nothing profoundly wrong with their form, even if their finishing could have been better at times.
Gary megson acknowledged that his old mate, rosler - whom he once signed on loan for west brom - had made it an afternoon of frustration, fielding five in midfield and only one up front.
“They made four or five changes to a team that had won,” said the owls boss. “They came to hillsborough a much more solid team; they sat in there. I thought they made a decent start, to be perfectly honest.
“It was a good header when they hit the bar. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat thinking we were getting outplayed. We had lots of chances and just needed to score.
“At the end we turned round to shake hands and they’re all jumping up and down because they’ve got a 0-0 draw, and shouting ‘you couldn’t break us down’.
“It’s a lesson learned. We have to get better a coping with that kind of thing.”
One goal could have changed the game either way. One for wednesday would have meant brentford having to come out even more; one for the bees would probably have made them even more determined to shut up shop.
Moments when it might have happened for the owls included james o’connor’s terrific, well-saved overhead kick, a misdirected header by rob jones, two saved shots by danger man ben marshall and headers by danny batth and jones which were blocked in the goalmouth.
Chris lines mis-hit a good chance from a marshall pass, chris o’grady couldn’t connect with an at
Tempted header, a lewis buxton cross flew across the face of goal with no-one able to get on the end of it, and too strong a touch by liam palmer left him unable to profit from a marshall cross.
But it was not one-way traffic. The first half saw midfielder gary alexander and centre-half marcel eger fail with headers. Alexander miscued from 18 yards. Stephen bywater saved from a 32-yard
Free-kick by useful left-winger sam saunders. Centre-half miguel llera, an ex-charlton friend of jose semedo, headed against the bar, and lone striker clayton donaldson nodded a chance over.
In the second half it was more a case of wednesday, attacking towards the kop end, trying to break down a brentford barrier.
I can understand megson saying that the owls would have lost this game last season; there were times then when they were were capable of conceding counter-attack goals.
But they are made of sterner stuff these days. As the game wore on in the second half, i always had the feeling they were going to get at least a point.
Megson replaced lines with palmer at half-time because he did not think the former was playing well; the familiar swap involving o’connor and jermaine johnson was intended to provide more attacking thrust in the second half, but the owls had to adjust reluctantly to 4-3-3 after jose semedo went off in the 68th minute with concussion.
It was a strange-looking line-up: a midfield of marshall, palmer and johnson, behind a front three of o’grady, on the left, sub clinton morrison in the middle and ryan lowe on the right.
Megson said: “we were switching to all sorts: jj in the middle of the park with ben and liam.
“ I thought we had too many square pegs in round holes.
“We went back to 4-4-2, with jj one of our central midfield players and i thought he did all right.”
Rosler was a happy man, saying: “sheffield wednesday’s aerial power is unbelievable. I’ve never played against a team with so many players over six foot. It’s very difficult to deal with that.
“They have won seven home games in row. They shouldn’t be in league one. We have created chances, played well and got a point. Not many teams are going to come here and get a point.”
Megson said: “we had lots of chances.
“We’re a bit disappointed; it shows what standards we have come to expect.
“We’ve taken 22 points from eight home games. We want to be kicking on.
“But we have to accept that teams will come here and play differently compared to what they normally do.
“All that stopped us was wayward finishing, at times, and a bank of nine players we had to get through.”