FIVE things we learned after Sheffield Wednesday's win over Huddersfield Town

There was plenty for Carlos Carvalhal to smile about in the win over Huddersfield Town
There was plenty for Carlos Carvalhal to smile about in the win over Huddersfield Town
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Fernando Forestieri was the goal hero from the spot as Sheffield Wednesday saw off in-form Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

It was the Owls second away win of the campaign but it could be crucial as there were plenty of signs that things might be beginning to click in a defensive sense.

Fernando Forestieri looked close to getting back to his best

Fernando Forestieri looked close to getting back to his best

But what else did we learn? Here's Chris Holt with his five things

That's more like the Fernando Forestieri we know

There was a bit more spark about Forestieri at the John Smith's Stadium. Perhaps it was his record against the Terriers, perhaps words a few days previous from Carlos Carvalhal. Whatever it was the forward looked a lot more like the Forestieri of last season. His stunning control and shot which hit the post was worthy of a goal and though from the penalty spot, that eventual goal was well deserved. More of the same needed from a Wednesday point of view

Carlos Carvalhal's tactics were spot on

David Jones marshalled the midfield superbly for Wednesday

David Jones marshalled the midfield superbly for Wednesday

The head coach has taken a little bit of criticism this season over the way he has set his team up, but there could be nothing to pick holes in at Huddersfield. The team who had yet to lose at home and rightly winning plaudits from all corners in the Championship were stifled and that tactic went from front to back. Gary Hooper was superb leading the line with Forestieri just off him, both of the forwards harrying Huddersfield's defence and not allowing them to break quickly. The midfield, with David Jones my man of the match, won almost every battle and the backline was the strongest they've been since the draw away at Norwich. It was an almost perfect away display against one of the better teams, now to perfect the home performances.

Coach still left with a midfield question

The assumption here is that Carvalhal will use this kind of tactic for away games, and certainly at least against the top teams. Would that be fair on David Jones to play every other game? Clearly Jones' arrival back in the side didn't suit everyone as Barry Bannan was switched to wide right and struggled. There's an argument for having a player of Jones' abilities in every match such is the strength of the Championship and this is a man who knows how to win promotion. Another conundrum in the middle for Carvalhal to ponder.

This was a good international break

The pros and cons of the international break are often discussed when they come around and it's always difficult to work out whether it suits teams or not. Clearly this one just past worked for Wednesday. It was easy to see that they had more time to spend on the training ground working on aspects of their game that needed improving; it was noticeable in defence, midfield and attack. Everyone looked like they knew what their jobs were and they stuck to it. The problem now is they've only a few days to prepare for Cardiff and then another couple for QPR. Enjoy the breaks while they last.

Terriers up there for good reason

While things didn't quite go their way against Wednesday, their performance showed glimpses of the reasons why they have been loitering around the top so far this season. Rajiv van La Parra is probably the most frustrating player in the Championship, but when on the ball, there are few more skillful and in Aaron Mooy they have an almost complete midfield player for this division. Elsewhere the team is made up of hard-workers, some with skill, some with grit and that will take them a long way. They could well hang around in a battle for the play-off places.


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