Sheffield Wednesday got back on track with three points on Saturday afternoon following their first defeat of the season under new boss Garry Monk in midweek.
Massimo Luongo’s goal in his first start for the club was enough to separate the Owls from Wigan Athletic, meaning they move to within one point of a playoff spot.
The Australian’s strike came just before the hour mark when he slammed home from 15 yards out from Adam Reach’s cut-back pass.
Wigan could have equalised minutes later when Kieffer Moore’s header was directed onto the crossbar by Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
The home side also had a potential Steven Fletcher goal ruled out for offside.
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Luongo has had to wait for his opportunity under Monk, making just five appearances from the bench this season, and Sam Hutchinson’s suspension brought that chance on Saturday.
Fans were clearly impressed with what they saw as they took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his performance.
One supporter claimed that Luongo showed why he should always be starting games while another said his finish was ‘pure class.’
Other fans described him as ‘magic’ and ‘different class.’
Here’s the best of the reaction:
Buzzing luongo scored, been deserving of a start for a while
— J (@J_SWFC_) October 5, 2019
Drab game at times today but that Luongo finish was pure class! 👏 #swfc
— Adam (@BeardHiker) October 5, 2019
Murphy’s confidence is shot. Doesn’t even dare run with the ball anymore.
Harris is class.
Iorfa has improved, looking like a steady CB.
Luongo, very good footballer, leave him in the team.#SWFC
— Josh (@Jaybe07) October 5, 2019
Luongo showing glimpses of things to come hopefully. Sweet strike, tired towards the end. Always key to go into intl. break with 3 points. #swfc
— Andy Fraser (@AndyFraser91) October 5, 2019
Final note. Massimo Luongo. Different class. #swfc
— Lewis Southam (@lewsouthy) October 5, 2019
He’s magic, you know. Massimo Luongo #SWFC
— Adam 🦉 (@WinningWinnall) October 5, 2019
That’s why Luongo should always be starting. #swfc
— Alex Strodder (@AlexStrodder) October 5, 2019
Luongo>Tim Cahill #swfc
— Tom (@Justom29) October 5, 2019
Can Monk make the playoffs with SWFC?