Date: 30th November 2008 at 7:44pm
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Brian Laws celebrated signing a new contract with the Owls by guiding them to their second victory on the spin in coming out on top by the odd goal in a five-goal thriller against Norwich City on Saturday.

Sammy Clingan had opened the scoring from the spot for the visitors as the Canaries edged a poor first half in freezing conditions at S6.

But a quickfire brace after the break, Tony McMahon finding the net on his final game on loan in the blue and white stripes, and Leon Clarke continuing his fine goalscoring form, turned the game on its head before Leroy Lita levelled and Marcus Tudgay had the final say with the winner.

Laws brought new loan signing Bartosz Slusarski straight into the squad but the Polish striker had to be content with a spot on the bench, while Francis Jeffers returned to partner Leon Clarke in attack and Etienne Esajas replaced Jermaine Johnson in midfield.

Wednesday came into the game fresh off the back of a 2-0 victory at Blackpool in midweek while struggling Norwich had to bounce back from a disappointing midweek home defeat.

Both teams started in positive fashion, with the visitors enjoying more of the ball, and it ended up in the back of the net after just seven minutes only for John Kennedy, later to see red, to see his powerful effort chalked off by the referee for an infringement.

Glenn Roeder has been allowed to spend a fair amount of cash at Carrow Road, and despite their poor league position, the visitors were playing some decent stuff and had the bulk of the game in the early exchanges, with Wednesday looking more dangerous on the break – much more like an away side.

Etienne Esajas provided the counter-attack for Wednesday, who were sitting deep throughout the first half, but the chances continued to come for Norwich, with Matty Pattison forcing Lee Grant into a fine save.

Wednesday gradually got more into the game and Jeffers headed a cross comfortably wide of the Norwuch goal before Esajas fired a free-kick wide.

The breakthrough came just after the half hour mark as Grant was again forced into a fine save from Lita, before Marcus Tudgay pulled Pattison down when the midfield was almost certain to fire the rebound in from point-blank range.

Former Forest man Clingan stepped up and produced the perfect penalty kick to give Norwich a lead they were to take into the half-time interval.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-1 Norwich

Owls boss Brian Laws revealed after the match that he had some strong words for some of his troops during the half-time interval, and the words seemed to work as Wednesday came out a totally different team and turned the game around in dramatic fashion to leave City shell-shocked.

Esajas fired an early-warning shot when he forced former Celtic ‘keeper David Marshall into a good save before Mark Beevers came even closer with a glancing header that flashed across the face of goal.

The leveller didn’t seem too far away and it came from another set-piece, Tony McMahon arriving in the nick of time to power a diving header into the back of the net and wheel away in celebration.

The goal gave the Owls’ players, and the majority inside Hillsborough, a huge lift and the game was turned on its head just five minutes later as Wednesday stole into the lead.

Tudgay and James O’Connor linked well on the edge of the box and sent Clarke through on goal, with the former Wolves man, currently enjoying his best spell at S6, firing a superb effort into the bottom corner of the goal to leave Marshall with no chance.

As with too many matches this season, Wednesday looked less comfortable holding a lead than they did chasing it, and it didn’t take long to Norwich to respond against the run of play.

Leroy Lita broke free from a throw-in and fired a powerful effort into the back of the net on 62 minutes to leave the game in the balance.

But to Wednesday’s credit, the kept plugging away in the fog, and loanee Lewis Buxton found a gap to produce a superb cross for Tudgay to rise at the back post and put an acute header into the back of the net to again give Wednesday the advantage.

Norwich’s task was made even tougher on 82 minutes as Kennedy was shown a red card for pulling Clarke back when the Owls hitman looked to have a clear route through on goal.

And the Canaries failed to produce any further threat on Grant’s goal as Wednesday hung on to their lead with relative ease.

Full-Time: Wednesday 3-2 Norwich

Wednesday: Grant, McMahon, Beevers, Wood, Buxton, Esajas, O’Connor, Watson (McAllister 46), Tudgay, Jeffers (Slusarski 75), Clarke. Unused substitutes: O’Donnell, Simek, Smith.

Norwich: Marshall, Otsemobor, Drury (Russell 61), Kennedy, Croft, Clingan, Doherty, Hoolahan, Bell (Sibierski 76), Pattison, Lita. Unused substitutes: Nelson, Fotheringham, Lupoli.