Owls head coach Stuart Gray hailed Atdhe Nuhiu after Sheffield Wednesday secured their first double of the season.
The big striker, recalled to the starting line-up at the expense of Scotland international Stevie May, ended his 13-match goal drought in the Owls’ 1-0 victory at Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic last night.
Victory secured Wednesday’s fourth win in their last six outings, lifting them up into 10th spot, six adrift of the play-off positions.
Gray, who confirmed Royston Drenthe missed the trip for “personal reasons”, said: “I thought Attey deserved his goal.
“He was up there sometimes on his own. His ball retention was good.
“Attey does occupy two or three of the opposition defenders and it creates spaces for others.
“He should have scored in the first half after a great run by Jacques Maghoma. He just showed his physical strength in the box.
“It was a great header. He wanted it a bit more than their defender and he got a good contact on it.
Gray felt Wigan substitute Callum McManaman deserved to be sent off for a “nasty” sliding challenge on Claude Dielna.
“It was a nasty one; he was airborn,” he said.
“The pleasing thing is Claude could carry on.”
The Owls boss, who took off Joe Mattock (groin) in the second half, added: “Full credit to the boys for a great 1-0 win.”