TUESDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Managerless Owls and Tykes bounce back

TAKE THAT: Connor Wickham fires in a shot past Matty James at Hillsborough last night. Picture Bruce Rollinson
TAKE THAT: Connor Wickham fires in a shot past Matty James at Hillsborough last night. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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CONNOR Wickham struck twice as Sheffield Wednesday responded to the sacking of Dave Jones in style by claiming the scalp of Championship leaders Leicester City in a 2-1 win.

The 57-year-old former Southampton and Cardiff boss was relieved of his duties on Sunday following a woeful start to the season that saw the Owls secure only one win.

The 2-0 defeat at Blackpool proved to be the final straw for chairman Milan Mandaric, whose decision to axe Jones failed to get an immediate reaction here as Anthony Knockaert fired the visitors into an early lead.

However, Wednesday - led by first-team coach Stuart Gray - showed the Hillsborough faithful what they were capable of as they ended a run of three straight defeats courtesy of on-loan Sunderland striker Wickham’s first-half double – even though the night started badly for the hosts when Leicester’s Anthony Knockaert fired home after just two minutes.

The home side’s workmanlike performance will give Mandaric confidence that this group of players can lift themselves out of the relegation zone under a new manager.

Goals from Paddy McCourt and Jacob Mellis gave managerless Barnsley their first win in six games, and first away from home for 10 months, with a 2-1 victory over Brighton on Tuesday evening.

The pair were on target either side of half-time in front of a crowd of 25,759 at the Amex Stadium, as the Tykes - under the guidance of caretaker boss Micky Mellon - forged ahead in their first Sky Bet Championship match since the weekend dismissal of David Flitcroft.

Matthew Upson got the hosts back in it by halving the deficit just after the hour mark, but they could not find an equaliser.

Oliver Norwood’s glorious long-range strike sunk Bolton and handed Huddersfield Town a third successive Sky Bet Championship victory.

The central midfielder was instrumental in the victory over his boyhood club Burnley on Saturday and his second goal in four days heaped more misery on a club from the north-west.

Norwood lit up a largely tepid affair 19 minutes from time with a missile which arrowed into the top corner from 30 yards out to keep Mark Robins’ side well in the play-off mix.

David Cotterill’s superb strike ensured Doncaster Rovers claimed a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City and ended an eight-match losing streak against the midlands club which stretched back 59 years.

Rovers, who last triumphed against Blues in 1954, looked to be heading towards another defeat until substitute Cotterill rifled home an unstoppable 30-yard effort into the top corner in the 78th minute.

The point will certainly satisfy Doncaster more than Birmingham, who were on course for victory thanks to Lee Novak’s third goal since switching from Huddersfield over the summer, powering home unmarked from 10 yards just before the half-hour mark.