Owls begin post-Carvalhal era with a win

Oh what fun it is to see the Wednesday win away

Sheffield Wednesday’s first match since parting company with Carlos Carvalhal ended with a 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Boxing day.

Lee Bullen took charge of the team and made 4 changes, welcoming back Glenn Loovens and Morgan Fox with striker Lucas Joao and Jordan Rhodes also coming into the starting line up to support Gary Hooper.

The more attacking line-up paid dividends as early as the 5th minute when Forest could only clear a Ross Wallace corner to the edge of the penalty area and Adam Reach struck a fine rising volley into the back of the net.

On the stroke of half-time the visitors doubled their lead when Jordan Rhodes calmly converted from the penalty spot after a foul on Morgan Fox following a corner.

Wednesday have dropped plenty of points from having been in winning positions during games this season but they looked comfortable in the second half and wrapped up the points midway through it when Reach played in Lucas Joao and the Portuguese striker rolled the ball under his right foot to beat his defender before firing home with his left.

The Owls showed far more attacking intent than they have in recent weeks and will be looking to take this fresh start into the next game at Brentford on 30th December. The frustration is that, despite still having more than half-a-dozen key players out injured today, this shows what Wednesday are capable of but have struggled to produce for most of the season to date.