Sheffield Wednesday: High fives for Owls biggest win in six years

Matty Fryatt wheels away after scoring Wednesday's fifth against Reading
Matty Fryatt wheels away after scoring Wednesday's fifth against Reading
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Midfielder Seyi Olofinjana said it was a “beautiful” day at Middlewood Road when the Owls returned to training yesterday.

And why wouldn’t it be? There was lots to celebrate; a first win of the season, an excellent performance and a return of confidence to players and supporters alike after a 5-2 destruction of a Reading team that was in the Premier League six months ago.

It has been a while since Wednesday has had a victory as emphatic as that in the Championship. Yo-yo-ing between the second and third tiers of English football has meant that time spent in upper echelon of the Football League has been mainly about survival rather than prosperity.

This season has been no different with 12 league matches and one cup tie all coming and going before the Owls could finally celebrate a victory.

The last time Wednesday scored five in a game in the Championship was almost six years ago on November 10 2007 - a 5-0 win against Southampton at Hillsborough.

The Saints recovered from that drubbing by going down to League One in the 2008/09 season before back-to-back promotions and a place currently in the top six of the world’s richest football league.

Wednesday’s goalscorers against the Saints in front of a crowd of 19,442 were two from Glenn Whelan, including a penalty, a brace from striker Akpo Sodje and one from Burton O’Brien.

The Owls had lost their first six league matches that season under Brian Laws before finishing the campaign in 16th.

The biggest recent win came in December 2010 when goals by Chris Sedgwick, Tommy Miller, Gary Teale, Jermaine Johnson, James O’Connor and Clinton Morrison sealed a 6-2 home triumph against Bristol Rovers.

However, the Owls didn’t win again for another 11 League One games, which may be a warning against any complacency that the only way is up.

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