Carlos Carvalhal dedicated today’s 3-2 win over Fulham to Wednesday legend Ron Springett who died earlier this week.
The Owls and England keeper was remembered with a minute’s applause before kick off and Carvalhal said afterwards: “First of all, I would like to dedicate this game to Ron Springett. He was a legend for this club and I am happy we got the win that we dedicate to him.”
In what could be termed as excellent entertainment for any neutral in the 18,700 Hillsborough crowd, Wednesday played free-flowing attacking football in spells but allowed the visitors to twice get back into the game and were hanging on for all three points after six minutes of added time.
We began the match with real intention and Barry Bannan saw his header tipped over by Andy Lonergan before Fernando Forestieri rose highest to head us in front on 13 minutes from a Ross Wallace cross.
Fulham gradually got a foothold in the game and Jamie O’Hara shot them level 17 minutes later.
However, eight minutes before half-time a Wallace corner was nodded home by Tom Lees at the far post and Athde Nuhiu headed just too high moments before the interval.
The Owls came out strongly again after the break and we were soon 3-1 up with another header. Wallace delivered an excellent free kick and the impressive Michael Turner powered the ball home via the underside of the bar.
As in the first-half, Fulham grew in stature again and they pulled a goal back midway through the period through a Tom Cairney header.
There were then scares for both sides in the closing minutes, with the visitors continuing to press for an equaliser while Wednesday had chances on the break, before we were able confirm a welcome first league win since the opening day of the season which also takes us up to 14th place in the Championship.
Carvalhal added: “We deserved to win. We all know that we have been playing well but we needed to score the goals and today we scored three times.”