New boys shine as Owls hit goal trail

Wednesday hit three goals for the first time this season – and all in the first half against Swansea in the Hillsborough sunshine – to stretch our unbeaten league run to six games.

Steve Bruce, who has been in charge for five of those matches, said his plan was to press the Swans high up the field and this was there for all to see as, unlike in many games at S6 this season, we began the game on the front foot.

The pressure reaped its rewards after just 10 minutes, Rolando Aarons making an immediate impression on his full debut when his intelligent lay-off provided Adam Reach with the opportunity to find the far corner of the net with a sweet strike from inside the box.

Keiren Westwood blocked an effort from the dangerous Daniel James but it was 2-0 just after the half-hour mark and again it was the Aarons-Reach combination which saw us doubling the lead.

Aarons did well to get to the byline down the left-hand side and when Declan John made a hash of trying to clear his cross, Reach was there to drill the ball past Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

Then, with half-time fast approaching we made it 3-0, Steven Fletcher sending a spectacular overhead kick past Nordfeldt.

Unfortunately, the second period was very much an anti-climax for the Wednesday fans with the team creating few chances while Swansea proved more of a threat in the final third and pulled a goal back on 69 minutes with a deflected effort from Wayne Routledge.

Westwood then produced an excellent block to deny sub Courtney Baker-Richardson and pushed away an effort from James as the visitors threatened a second goal.

However, that high tempo first-half performance proved enough to earn the victory and move us onto 44 points, sitting in 15th place but only three points behind eighth-placed Birmingham.

And, along with the opening half display, the fans will also have been impressed with the contributions of loanees Aarons and defender Achraf Lazaar, who both provided much-needed energy and pace on our left-hand side.

Westwood, Palmer, Hector, Lees, Lazaar, Reach, Hutchinson, Bannan, Aarons (Matias 63), Joao (Iorfa 58), Fletcher (Pelupessy 87). Attendance: 22,935.

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