Gary Hooper heaps praise upon his Sheffield Wednesday strike partners after their performance in Birmingham victory

Sheffield Wednesday

The Owls came from behind to seal a huge three points against their Championship play-off rivals.

Gary Hooper heaped praise upon Atdhe Nuhiu and Fernando Forestieri after they played a key role in Sheffield Wednesday's vitally important victory over Birmingham City on Saturday, the Sheffield Star reports.

The clash at St Andrew's pitted the two sides that were sitting just outside the play-off places in the Championship against each other. And it appeared that it was the home side that were going to be the ones to move into the top six as Clayton Donaldson's goal on the cusp of half-time was all that separated the teams going into the final 15 minutes.

However, a quick-fire double from Hooper ensured that it was Carlos Carvalhal's men who leapt above Ipswich Town. And while the former Norwich forward will take much of the plaudits, he was quick to point out the impact made by his two strike partners.

"Once the first goal went in, we were on top and they couldn't deal with the big man, Atdhe, and Fernando and I working off him," he told the Star.

"The second goal then was always coming. It's a hard place to come to and it was always going to be a six-pointer but we're back in sixth position and looking good."

While neither of the Owls' other strikers got their names on the scoresheet against Gary Rowett's side, they did play a vital part in Wednesday turning the game on its head. 

Nuhiu got the assist for the equaliser, while Forestieri set up the winner around two minutes later. And while Hooper's form is sure to please Carvalhal immensely - the £3m signing (via Star) has scored nine goals in his last nine league appearances - he will know that the partnership that the front three are forming could prove vital to the club's promotion hopes.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch