Wednesday made a mockery of our recent form with a convincing 3-0 victory at QPR this afternoon.
On the day the sad news was announced of the death of our former boss, Jack Charlton, we produced a much-needed and long-awaited performance that Big Jack would have been proud of.
We scored three but, as has happened on other occasions this season, it should really have been more against a QPR side who managed just one shot on target.
After three successive defeats, this victory takes us up to 14th place on 55 points and, at this stage, mathematically safe from relegation. However, we still await the result of the EFL misconduct charge hearing to find out if we face any points deduction.
The teams both wore black armbands and observed a minute’s silence prior to the game in memory of our former manager and we began the game in style, taking the lead after just six minutes.
Josh Windass saw his free kick pushed out by keeper Joe Lumley, former Rangers player Massimo Luongo fired the loose ball back against a post and when it rebounded to Dominic Iorfa, he cracked it home in emphatic style.
An under-hit backpass from Tom Lees caused a problem for Joe Wildsmith but that was a rare concern for the Wednesday keeper.
We dominated proceedings, despite the home side having a lot of possession, and we could easily have doubled, or even trebled, the lead in a spell before half time.
Alessio Da Cruz broke down the right but his cross failed to find either Moses Odubajo or Windass in the box, Lees headed over a great chance from a Bannan corner and then Osman Kakay somehow managed to block a close-range effort from Windass after another fine fun from Da Cruz.
However, a second goal finally came in added time of the half, Da Cruz’s left-wing corner might have got a flick-on at the near post and there was Windass at the far to head home from almost on the line.
It was a similar story after the break, Windass breaking clear but firing high over the bar and then the same player being foiled by Lumley as he tried to round the keeper.
It took 75 minutes for Rangers to have their first – and only – shot on target, Remi Oteh’s effort easily dealt with by Wildsmith and any possible fightback from the home side was ended in spectacular fashion three minutes later.
Sub Jacob Murphy latched onto Bannan’s through ball and curled a cracking effort around Kakay and into the corner of the net from the edge of the box to seal the points.
The end-of-game stats showed QPR had 75 per cent possession but our attacking display, particularly on the break, meant we had 14 attempts on goal – double that of QPR – and five of ours were on target compared to that single effort from the home team.
Wildsmith, Odubajo, Lees (Shaw 74), Iorfa, Börner, Harris, Bannan, Hunt (Pelupessy 61), Luongo, Da Cruz (Murphy 55), Windass (Nuhiu 74). Unused subs. Dawson, Reach, Rhodes, Hughes, Brennan.