Tudgay claims vital Owls win
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield Wednesday boosted their survival hopes after a 1-0 win over Norwich City.
Sheffield Wednesday boosted their chances of Championship survival after a vital 1-0 home win over Norwich City.
The win came on the day when the South Yorkshire club commemorated the 17th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
A minute of silence took place before the match to remember the 96 Liverpool fans that died tragically attending an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest back in 1989.
Once the match commenced, it was The Owls that created the first chance when Deon Burton's header from Frankie Simek's cross brought a fine save from Canaries goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.
Gallacher then had to tip over Chris Brunt's corner over his crossbar before Burton struck a post with a shot after Wednesday free kick caused a scramble in the Norwich box.
Wednesday scored the decisive winner just before half time, as a long clearance found Marcus Tudgay on the edge of the box.
He wrong-footed the Norwich backline and forced Gallacher into a save from his initial strike before heading home the rebound for 1-0.
The visitors started the stronger after the break, with Ian Henderson squandering two great chances to equalise.
His first chance saw a close-range header bring out a brilliant save from on-loan Owls goalkeeper Scott Carson and from the rebound, Henderson failed to convert the second opportunity in a scramble.
Brunt then missed a glorious chance to double Wednesday's lead with a fine turn and shot before Burton struck the post again with a 20-yard drive.
Paul Sturrock's side held for the vital win, as The Owls sit seven points clear of the bottom three in the Championship table.