Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has reserved special praise for Sheffield Wednesday following their emphatic 3-0 win over Arsenal in the League Cup round of 16.
The Gunners opted to a rest a number of key players for the encounter, a decision which ultimately backfired and prompted huge amounts of criticism to be thrown Arsene Wenger’s way.
Whether they underestimated the Owls or placed more importance on other matters such as the Premier League is open to debate, but one thing observers shouldn’t overlook was Wednesday’s display.
Carlos Carvalhal’s team were absolutely brilliant in their approach and conviction.
The Gunners recently defeated a talented Bayern Munich side by sitting back, defending stoutly and countering at pace – tactics which were heralded from pundits and observers alike.
Yet, Sheffield Wednesday adopted a similar approach at Hillsborough and most of the talk has been regarding Arsenal’s line-up, effort and attitude and unfortunately little about the host’s brilliance.
Stan Collymore, however, was one of a few to praise the Championship outfit as he took to social networking site Twitter in order to highlight their key qualities.
A superb opener from Ross Wallace followed by set-piece goals from Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson handed the hosts victory and a little mention in the history books.
Amazingly, Wednesday became the first lower-league side to beat Arsenal by 3 or more goals since 1959.
Whether the Owls genuinely believe they can now go on and lift the trophy is another matter, but following years of pain and false dawns, their supporters more than deserved a night of such magnitude.