FANS favourite Gary Madine grabbed his first goal of the season as Sheffield Wednesday beat Fulham 1-0 to reach the third round of the Capital One Cup, writes Dom Howson.
The striker coolly stepped up to slot home a 50th minute spot-kick after Chris Maguire had been brought down by Stephen Kelly.
It was Madine’s first strike since April and stretched the Owls unbeaten run under manager Dave Jones to 17 matches.
Jones made several changes to his starting line-up, handing starts to Stephen Bywater, Daniel Jones, Giles Coke, Nejc Pecnik and Chris Maguire. He left out Chris Kirkland, Jermaine Johnson and Chris O’Grady from the 18-man squad. Slovenian international Pecnik also rattled the woodwork after the break.
Meanwhile, Scunthorpe United have signed out-of-favour Sheffield Wednesday midfielder David Prutton on a three-month loan deal.
The 30-year-old was named on the Iron’s substitute bench in their Capital One Cup clash with Norwich City this evening.
Prutton, who joined the Owls in 2011 on a free transfer from Swindon Town, featured prominently last term, racking up 25 league appearances but has yet to feature since the club gained promotion to the Championship.
Another midfielder, Diogo Amado, has left Wednesday and moved to Portuguese outfit Estoril for an undisclosed fee, having failed to settle in England.
OWLS: Bywater, Buxton, Llera, Beevers, D Jones, Antonio, Semedo, Coke, Pecnik, Madine, Maguire. Subs: Jameson, R Johnson, Rodri, McCabe, Mayor, Lee, Lavery.
FULHAM: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Kasami, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Duff, Rodallega. Subs: Stockdale, Ruiz Diarra, Riether, Halliohe, Trotta, Smith.
Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancs).
Read tomorrow’s Star for Paul Thompson’s match report and analysis.