A BRACE OF goals from Chris O’Grady led Sheffield Wednesday to a welcome 3-1 win over Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park this evening.
It put Wednesday level in League One, with Sheffield United and Huddersfield, on 53 points from 27 games.
But a potentially serious injury to Daniel Jones gave Gary Megson another defensive headache and left a blemish on the result.
Wednesday had taken an immediate stranglehold on the game when striker O’Grady found the back of the net in the first minute, following set-up play from Miguel Angel Llera.
Scunny tried to shrug off the shock and get back in it, but a header from the same visiting forward made it 2-0 in the 17th minute.
The chance had been engineered by Liam Palmer and had the noisy away support in raptures.
It was all positive for the dominating Owls, especially with the intelligent Jose Semedo controlling much of centre midfield.
Scunthorpe were strangely passive - and Wednesday took advantage with a much more confident and bullish approach.
Yet Megson’s men had to overcome a blow before half time when Jones was stretchered off, to be replaced by Mark Beevers.
The 6ft 3ins defender suffered what looked like a serious injury.
However O’Grady almost had a hat-trick, the 25-year-old Leicester-born forward being foiled by a save from young keeper Sam Slocombe.
Wednesday only had to wait until the 46th minutes for their next goal - and what a goal it was.
Jermaine Johnson went on a run from the half way line, skinned his full back and shot low into the net.
But Iron finally managed to get their act together as manager Alan Knill changed his tactics and his players responded.
Ssuddenly it was Megson looking frustrated in his technical area as former Sheffield United youth team player Jordan Robertson found space to nod the ball into back on 54 minutes.
Johnson remained his enigmatic self - he fashioned an excellent chance to put the game beyond doubt with the minutes ticking away but made a hash of his final contact.
Pity - it would have been another marvellous strike for the Jamaican, who later suffered a painful bout of cramp.
IRON: Slocombe, Ribeiro, Canavan, Reid, Nolan, Walker, Togwell, O’Connor, Thompson, Robertson, Barcham.
Subs: Lillis, Wright, Mozika, Duffy, Grant.
OWLS: Bywater, Otsemobor, Batth, Llera, D Jones, Palmer, Lines, Semedo, J Johnson, O’Grady, Madine.
Subs: Weaver, Beevers, M Jones, Morrison, Lowe.
* Read Paul Thompson’s full appraisal in Wednesday’s Star.
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