Sheffield Wednesday's Ross Wallace was superb in win over Blackburn

Sheffield Wednesday defeated Blackburn Rovers 2-1.

Sheffield Wednesday ace Ross Wallace was excellent last night as his side boosted their Championship playoff hopes with a slender 2-1 home win over Blackburn Rovers.

After a somewhat tepid first-half, the second period exploded into life as Craig Conway gave the visitors the lead a minute after kick-off before an Adam Henley own goal brought Wednesday level moments later.

It was end-to-end for the next ten minutes, yet the Owls completed the turnaround as the game’s outstanding player Wallace found the net after good work from Fernando Forestieri.

Former Watford man Forestieri has so often received the plaudits for his superb displays and key contributions this season, yet last night the hosts were largely indebted to Wallace.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesAccurate CrossesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesInterceptionsMins Played
Ross Wallace 1 3 2 2 43 3 2 77

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the former Celtic winger contributed greatly in a number of key areas as he didn’t put a foot wrong over the course of the encounter.

Aside from his second-half winner, Wallace posted three shots, two chances created via key passes, two accurate crosses, three ball recoveries, two interceptions and an impressive 43 accurate passes.

The Scotland international has been a solid player for the Owls ever since joining the club, but arguably his biggest trait is his ability to provide genuine width and space for his team-mates through the middle.

The victory, coupled with Cardiff City’s 0-0 draw at Burnley, means the Yorkshire club are now five points clear of seventh place with only six league games remaining.

Play-offs beckon for Carlos Carvalhal’s side, and importantly they are heading in to the post-season finals bang in form having won their last four games in succession, conceding just once.

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