Sheffield Wednesday defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 at Hillsborough.
The Owls headed into the game coming off the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat at MK Dons, a result which saw them slip four points behind the top six ahead of the weekend.
Ipswich Town’s defeat at home Derby County coupled with Cardiff City’s narrow loss at Birmingham City gave Wednesday the opportunity to move back to within one point of the play-off places. And it was an opportunity they did not let slip, crushing Wolves 4-1 despite falling behind early on.
There were so many positives for the home side, yet the game’s outstanding player by far was Fernando Forestieri as the attacking star bullied the visitors from start to finish.
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As seen by the table provided by Opta Stats, Forestieri was heavily involved throughout and put in arguably one of the greatest performances from a Wednesday player since Paolo di Canio’s days.
The Italian play-maker recorded an astonishing 12 shots on goal – the sort of tally that usually only Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is capable of producing these days.
Forestieri was relentless, recording 53 touches, 22 accurate passes, five recoveries and two key passes.
The former Watford man drew his side level from the penalty spot after 20 minutes, and then minutes later fired the Owls in front with a deflected half-volley which left 'keeper Carl Ikeme with no chance.
Forestieri was Wednesday’s big-money signing in the summer, yet based on his contributions this season he could well turn out to be one of the club’s best bargains this side of the millennium.