Aussies Abroad: Luongo and Wednesday go top of the Championship as Irvine captains Hull
Massimo Luongo has entered Hillsborough, and the Owls are flying high in the EFL Championship.
Luongo was deployed as a late substitute by manager Lee Bulleen as a 54th minute goal from Kadeem Harris handed Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 win over Luton Town this morning.
Caltex Socceroo Luongo – who joined the Steel City club from Queens Park Rangers on transfer window deadline day – nearly grabbed his maiden Wednesday goal in stoppage time after a trademark scurry into the penalty area, but fired just wide of the post.
It is Wednesday's third win from four league matches and a result which leaves them top of the Championship for now, ahead of the remainder of midweek games to be played on Thursday morning (AEST).
Irvine with the armband
Jackson Irvine wore the captain’s armband and turned in a typically all-action display but a wasteful Hull City were defeated 1-0 by Blackburn Rovers at the KC Stadium courtesy of a second half Derrick Williams effort.
Club vice-captain Irvine - handed captaincy duties in the absence of American defender Eric Lichaj - won a 13th minute penalty for the Tigers which was missed by Jarrod Bowen, while Polish flyer Kamil Grosicki was similarly guilty of spurning a few good opportunities.
Irvine also enjoyed a chance to grab his second goal of the season but swept Grosicki’s cutback wide of the post in the first half.
Late drama for Souttar and Fleetwood
In League One, Harry Souttar’s Fleetwood Town left it late to claim a late point against Wycombe Wanderers.
Starting his fourth consecutive league match for Fleetwood after re-joining the Cod Army on loan from Stoke City in July, Souttar’s side trailed midway through the second half to a header from Adebayo Akinfenwa.
However, as Joey Barton revealed at the start of the month, Fleetwood are aiming to employ the 1.98 metre frame of Souttar at every set-piece opportunity – and Town looked toward the giant Aussie defender as they searched for a late equaliser.
It nearly came when Souttar nodded a corner from teammate Danny Andrew back across goal for Conor McAleny to prod home but for a last-ditch intervention from the Wycombe defence.
But Fleetwood were not to be denied as Irishman Paddy Madden scored on the cusp of full time – his 100th goal in the English Football League.
No luck for Milligan and Southend
Elsewhere, two goals in two second half minutes helped Peterborough record a 2-0 win over Mark Milligan’s Southend United.
Milligan played the full 90 minutes for The Shrimpers as goals from Mohamed Eisa and Ivan Toney kept Southend waiting for the their first league win.