Jermaine inspires Wednesday to survival victory

Jermaine Johnson inspired Wednesday to a vital last day of the season two-goal victory over Middlesbrough to ensure our Championship survival.

JJ, back in the side after hamstring trouble, was only on the pitch for the first 45 minutes but produced a scintillating opening half-hour as he weaved his way Boro past defenders time and again.

It helped set the early tempo, caused the visitors problems from the start and it was no surprise when Steve Howard latched onto a through ball from Miguel Llera to blast the Owls in front after just nine minutes.

Leroy Lita nudged the ball home from close range on the half-hour mark from a Lewis Buxton corner, and with Jeremy Helan also posing problems with his pace on the left, it looked as though Wednesday might go on to score more.

However, Howard saw another first-half effort blocked on the line when he should have scored and Lita missed a great chance straight after half-time.

With JJ failing to make a reappearance after the interval, we were found wanting in the creativity stakes in the second period.

Boro, who had a decent looking penalty appeal turned down, had plenty of possession but rarely threatened to pull a goal back and we were able to see the game out to ensure we keep our place in the Championship.