Sheffield Wednesday rose above the chaos of the past 24 hours to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at Hillsborough.
The Owls headed into the game without a manager, after the decision was taken to sack Tony Pulis for a poor run of results, and ‘other issues’.
First-team coach Neil Thompson took charge and the players produced an admirable display under the circumstances.
Callum Paterson slotted past Marcus Bettinelli after a lovely lifted through ball from Liam Palmer, and Liam Shaw then turned in Barry Bannan’s cross to make it two.
Duncan Watmore struck for Boro shortly after the restart, and it could have been 2-2 with Marvin Johnson hitting the post.
But Wednesday held out for the win, which was crucial given that Derby County had secured a 4-0 win over Birmingham City earlier on.
Shaw’s goal – his first ever – turned out to be a winning one, and the youngster took to Twitter after the game to react:
It has been a troubled campaign for Wednesday, but young Shaw has been something of a bright spark for the Owls.
His first goal was a big moment for him and it was clear to see what it meant as he wheeled away in celebration.
The box-to-box ace will be feeling euphoric, and hopefully he can really nail down a regular starting spot going forwards.