JEKYLL AND HYDE JOHNSON RED HOT
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.”
ICE COOL: Sheffield Wednesday’s Leroy Lita celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal from the penalty spot