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Sheffield Wednesday gets a triple boost in Championship survival battle.



Sheffield Wednesday’s dramatic week on the pitch was made all the sweeter when they were given a break on a busy evening in the Championship survival battle.

Late goals from Michael Ihiekwe and Michael Smith capped a courageous second-half comeback against promotion-chasing Norwich City, resulting in a 2-2 Hillsborough draw on Tuesday evening. The success moved them up to 22nd place, increased their point total to 43, and brought them level with Huddersfield Town, who lost a lead to lose 4-1 at Preston North End on Tuesday, for the first safety slot.

It left Wednesday supporters hunting for explanations on Wednesday evening, when three of their direct relegation rivals were in action. It couldn’t have gone any better with three defeats and no goals from their fellow strugglers.

Birmingham City, who the Owls moved down to 23rd place with their Norwich point, dominated the game at home to Cardiff City but lost 1-0 thanks to a second-half Josh Bowler goal. The Blues suffered their third consecutive defeat under new manager Gary Rowett.

Swansea City also helped Wednesday by defeating Stoke City 3-0 in South Wales, with goals from Josh Cullen, Matt Grimes, and Josh Key. The Potters are three points clear of the Owls in 19th place and will face off at Hillsborough on Saturday. It ends their three-game unbeaten streak.

Blackburn Rovers, who were thrashed 5-0 at Bristol City, remain knotted on 46 points, three ahead of the Owls. It was their worst loss in two and a half years. Nakhi Wells and Tommy Conway both had two goals, while Anis Mehmeti also scored.

Birmingham host Coventry City at St Andrews this weekend in a Midlands derby, while Blackburn face a challenging trip to title-chasing Leeds United in the televised early kickoff.


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