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spot. Rovers went in front af­ter ten min­utes when Rhodes slot­ted home his 28th goal of the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions af­ter keeper Chris Kirk­land had tugged back David Dunn.

The vis­i­tors’ lead only lasted eight min­utes, how­ever, and this time Rovers were the ar­chi­tects of their own down­fall.

John­son pounced on a de­fen­sive mix-up be­tween Todd Kane and skip­per Scott Dann be­fore drilling home clin­i­cally to reg­is­ter a sec­ond goal in as many games.

Wed­nes­day’s tails were up and ten min­utes be­fore the break they went in front fol­low­ing a sec­ond penalty award.

Josh Mor­ris clum­sily felled Reda John­son in the box and loan striker Leroy Lita coolly beat full debu­tant Grze­gorz San­domier­ski from the spot.

Af­ter the break Rovers dom­i­nated but couldn’t find that cru­cial killer touch in front of goal. Dunn had twice gone close be­fore Dann even­tu­ally pounced to level in the 71st minute.

The big de­fender rose high­est at the far post to head sub Josh King’s cross pow­er­fully past Kirk­land.

John­son was to have the last word, how­ever, as he charged onto Jeremy He­lan’s pass six min­utes later be­fore lash­ing home a crack­ing win­ning goal from 25 yards.

The Owls cel­e­brated and man­aged to hang on com­fort­ably for a huge three points, but Rovers care­taker boss Gary Bowyer wasn’t too de­jected. De­ter­mined to stay pos­i­tive, he said: “We didn’t de­serve to lose that game.We were camped in their ter­ri­tory in the sec­ond half but one or two de­ci­sions have def­i­nitely gone against us.

“I can’t fault the ef­forts of the play­ers. The hon­esty and the work rate is there for ev­ery­one to see – we have just got to show that over th­ese last six games.

“We have come away with no points but if we carry on do­ing the busi­ness like we did in the sec­ond half the we will be OK.

“We need play­ers to stick their neck out be­tween now and the end of the sea­son. They have done that so far so credit to them.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

ICE COOL: Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Leroy Lita cel­e­brates with team mates af­ter scor­ing the sec­ond goal from the penalty spot

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