Sheffield Wednesday defeated Bolton Wanderers 3-2.
Carlos Carvahal’s men went into the clash knowing that a victory could edge them closer to the top six – a position in the play-offs which has so far eluded them this season.
In a topsy-turvy encounter, Bolton certainly matched the hosts for long periods and the game was ultimately settled by a moment of real brilliance from striker Gary Hooper.
The talented striker has been on loan at Wednesday from Premier League side Norwich for the past few months, yet it was not until last night that he really showed what he is capable of.
The former Celtic man was instrumental throughout, and as seen by the table provided by Opta Stats, a real thorn in Bolton’s side as he contributed greatly in a number of key attacking areas.
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Aside from his two goals, Hooper posted six shots, two chances created via key passes, 39 touches and 22 accurate passes as he linked up superbly with his fellow teammates.
Fernando Forestieri gave the Owls the lead with a wonderful long-range effort before the Trotters equalised with a scruffy effort following a low cross.
Hooper regained the Owls’ lead with a close-range finish before Neil Lennon’s side once again pegged back the hosts in the second half - a goal which many presumed would earn the visitors a point.
But it was not to be as Hooper rounded off a simply stunning night with a brilliant piece of control inside the area, deceiving the Bolton defender before lashing high into the net.
Ipswich Town’s victory over Leeds United meant the Hillsborough side remain outside the top six, yet with Brighton in freefall they could finally break in with a victory this coming weekend.