The first half at Hillsborough was very even, if not edged by Rovers who probably should’ve had a penalty for a foul on Aiden Barlow, which, if given and scored, could have easily changed the complexion of the game.
Ahead of the second half Wednesday made changes and came flying out the blocks. Whereas Rovers didn’t have much firepower, or options from the bench, the home side had players that could easily start for a lot of teams in this division.
A moment of class from Barry Bannan, probably the best midfielder in League One, made it 1-0 to Wednesday with a wonder goal. From there the momentum shifted Wednesday’s way, and a good cross from the left was pushed away by Pontus Dahlberg, but straight to Dennis Adeniran, whose easy tap-in sealed the game.
Late on Rovers were awarded a penalty, which was missed by Omar Bogle (the wrong taker in my opinion when we’ve two other designated set-piece takers in the team).
Overall this was a much improved performance and a step towards the team we expect to see. It felt like we were just a top-class striker and a winger away from being competitive and possibly winning the game; perhaps if we had Jon Taylor and Fejiri Okenabirhie available it could have been a different story. Still, a sign of promising things to come.