A last minute strike by Leon Best helped Sheffield Wednesday seal a 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Brighton and Hove Albion tonight.
The striker slid in from a tight angle to claim his fourth goal since joining the Owls on loan from Blackburn Rovers and ensure Wednesday recorded a fourth successive home victory.
The result moves Wednesday up to 13th in the Championship and means Brighton have not triumphed at Hillsborough in 14 meetings in all competitions.
Owls head coach Stuart Gray made two changes to his starting line-up. Caolan Lavery failed a fitness test on a hamstring injury he picked up in Saturday’s defeat at Doncaster Rovers while fellow forward At
dhe Nuhiu dropped to the bench.
Gray handed first-team recalls to Joe Mattock and Chelsea loanee Sam Hutchinson. Oguchi Onyewu shrugged off a virus to partner Glenn Loovens at the heart of the Owls’ rearguard.
Wednesday almost got off to the perfect start when Leon Best met Liam Palmer’s teasing cross but the striker, on loan from Blackburn, couldn’t manage to steer it in.
After quarter of an hour, David Rodríguez rattled the crossbar with a header following Jake Forster-Caskey’s dangerous corner before Jeremy Helan dragged wide at the other end.
Giles Coke replaced Hutchinson at the interval as Wednesday looked for a spark.
However, Brighton came closest to opening the scoring in the 55th minute courtesy of Will Buckley but he was brilliantly foiled by Chris Kirkland.
The Seagulls continued to threaten and Jesse Lingard, who scored four against Wednesday while on loan at Birmingham back in September, saw his low drive on the edge of the area easily smothered by Kirkland.
Rodríguez wasted a glorious opportunity to give Brighton the lead in the 69th minute after beating the off-side trap but Kirkland kept out his drive with his feet.
Benik Afobe almost made an instant impact after coming on for Helan, with Tomasz Kuszczak foiling the Arsenal youngster. Liam Palmer blazed over the follow up.
Ultimately, Best had the final say as Gray’s troops clinched a third win in their last four outings.
Wednesday: Kirkland; Buxton, Loovens, Onyewu, Mattock; Maguire, Lee, Palmer, Hutchinson, Helan; Best. Substitutes: Martinez, Jermaine Johnson, Afobe, Coke Llera, Nuhiu, Oshilaja.
Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, Upson, Morrow, Ince, Andrews, Lingard, Forster, Caskey, Rodriguez, Buckley. Substitutes: Ankergren, Dunk, Lopez, LuaLua, Chickson, March