The Owls headed into the clash with a unique record having not won any of their previous matches against teams sitting in the top nine, with their 2-1 win at Brentford their only victory over a top half club.
But that doesn’t detract from the big improvements made at Hillsborough from previous seasons, and they showed against Derby exactly why they are a contender for the playoffs.
Without creating too much in terms of clear chances, the Owls were the better team in the first-half and certainly had openings from wide areas to deliver dangerous balls into the box.
Co-commentating on the encounter, Higginbotham was impressed by Wednesday’s energy and pressing off the ball and says their performance shows they can mix it with the best.
Carlos Carvahal’s team look a much better proposition now they’ve accustomed to the Portuguese coach’s style of working, and one league defeat in 13 matches is evidence of their progress.
With the playoffs very much the target this season, Wednesday have some interesting matches coming up against fellow contenders Cardiff City, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Yorkshire outfit are currently battling against injuries, but the players who stepped in against Derby proved they’re good enough to handle even the very best in the Championship.