Sheffield Wednesday 5 Norwich City 1: Forestieri inspires five-star Owls

Fernando Forestieri celebrates his goal with Jose Semedo. Pic Steve Ellis
Fernando Forestieri celebrates his goal with Jose Semedo. Pic Steve Ellis
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Sheffield Wednesday produced their best display of the season to thrash Norwich City 5-1 at Hillsborough today.

It was the perfect response after a recent wobble which saw them lose back-to-back games in the Championship promotion race.

Fernando Forestieri was the inspiration behind this five-star display, capping his afternoon with a 30-yard free-kick.

Jordan Rhodes bagged a brace, and there were goals too for Ross Wallace and Morgan Fox.

The only negative was central midfield pairing Sam Hutchinson and Barry Bannan both picked up injuries.

The Owls brought back Sam Winnall up front to partner Rhodes, with Forestieri moving wide and Adam Reach dropped to the bench.

The Owls took the lead after 15 minutes and it owed all to the persistence of midfielder Hutchinson.

He charged the ball down, chased hard into the corner, forcing John Ruddy to make a hash of his clearance.

The ball fell to Wallace who fired home from around 40 yards into an unguarded net.

Forestieri could have made it 2-0 three minutes later, but dragged his shot wide of Ruddy’s goal.

But the Owls did double their advantage on 22 minutes. Forestieri pruduced a teasing cross from the left and Rhodes headed home his second goal in Wednesday colours.

The hosts suffered a first-half setback when Hutchinson limped off, with what looked like a knee injury, and was replaced by David Jones,

Norwich pulled a goal back when Cameron Jerome headed in at the far post on 38 minutes.

But three minutes later, the Owls restored their two-goal cushion as Forestieri’s corner was headed in at the far post by Fox, the left-back’s first goal in Wednesday colours.

Winnall had a great chance to make it 4-1 after the break, but drilled his shot wide after a swift break down the right by Wallace.

On 54 minutes, the Owls added a fourth and it was superb football again from the hosts.

Bannan and Fox did well, before Scottish international Bannan floated a cross to the far post where Rhodes headed in.

A poor back pass from Wallace let Jerome in for a chance, but Keiren Westwood made a comfortable save.

Forestieri was at his unplayable best and netted the Owls’ fifth goal from a 30-yard free-kick on 66 minutes.

Jose Semedo made a late cameo role as sub for the injured Bannan.