SIX things we learned after Sheffield Wednesday 1 Aston Villa 0

Steven Fletcher goes off injured after a clash of heads
Steven Fletcher goes off injured after a clash of heads
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Sheffield Wednesday are off to a flying start after their 1-0 win over Aston Villa on the open day of the season.

Fernando Forestieri scored the winner in a tight encounter at Hillsborough, but what else did we learn?

Here are six things...

Hillsborough was bouncing

The atmosphere....incredible. Yes, it's the opening day and there is a buzz around at this stage, but the fans came out in their droves and roared Wednesday on. The second half, following Forestieri's goal was reminiscent of the day they beat Cardiff to confirm a place in the top six last season. Villa fans played their part too and the weather also helped. Hopefully it's like this all season.

No more midfield for Sam Hutchinson

Sam Hutchinson passes the ball under pressure from Ross McCormack

Sam Hutchinson passes the ball under pressure from Ross McCormack

Wrap it up Sam, your place is in the centre of defence. Many saw this as something of a stopgap but Hutchinson's move into the middle of the backline, where he played as a youngster, has been a revelation and against Villa he was superb. He was cool on the ball and threw himself into tackles when he had to. He perfectly compliments Tom Lees and that should be Wednesday's central defensive partnership for most of the campaign.

Steven Fletcher's injury was a huge setback

Until Fletcher clashed with Tommy Elphick, which saw him receive a sickening head wound, the new striker was showing a glimpse of what Owls fans can expect from him this season. He held the ball up well, was a constant nuisance to the Villa defence and provided an outlet from which Wednesday really got at Roberto Di Matteo's men. They couldn't handle him and it's no coincidence that Wednesday's attacking threat was stunted by Fletcher's exit.

Fernando Forestieri never gives up

Goalscorer Fernando Forestieri is congratulated by Liam Palmer

Goalscorer Fernando Forestieri is congratulated by Liam Palmer

Tenacious is a word that sums up Fernando Forestieri, and that was in evidence with his winning goal. The forward had missed a few (not easy) chances before he was put clean through to score, but he never gave up. Forestieri continued to try and find another gap to exploit and eventually he was rewarded with a deserved goal.

Two sides to this Owls team

Sam Hutchinson said in the pre-match press conference on Friday that this team has the ability to grind out a win, or pass teams off the park. In this match, they showed signs of both of those qualities. In the first half Wednesday at one stage looked like they could run riot such was their high-tempo attack and the pressure they put on Villa's goal. After the break, the visitors improved and were the better side for long periods and it when then that Wednesday dug in and fought. Having both will be crucial throughout the campaign.

Villa will get better

Sheffield Wednesday fans helped make for an electric atmosphere at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday fans helped make for an electric atmosphere at Hillsborough

Villa looked a little bit stunned in the opening stages of the match, perhaps unable to grasp just how different life is in the Championship. You don't get anywhere near as much time on the ball and it's much more physical. To their credit they picked it up pretty quickly and were much better after the break. They are a good side with some excellent players and they should at least be in the hunt for a play-off place.