A slow burner of a Yorkshire derby produced as many talking points as clear-cut chances.
Should Huddersfield Town have had a late penalty for a Sheffield Wednesday handball?
Might Mark Hudson have been sent off rather than taken off by head coach David Wagner, who admitted he feared a red card for his captain?
Were Town bettered at their own game by the play-off chasers?
And how would the John Smith’s Stadium faithful feel about having a player like Wednesday match-winner Fernando Forestieri in their ranks?
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The Argentina-born former Italy Under 21 striker has plenty of previous when it comes to winding up opposition fans.
He has long been noted for his gamesmanship and was sent off in successive matches in February, with diving involved in both red cards.
Many Town fans would argue Forestieri went down far too easily under the 55th-minute touchline challenge of Hudson, who had already been booked for fouling him late in the first half.
The centre-back escaped with a warning from Berkshire referee Iain Williamson, but Wagner was clearly worried and replaced Hudson with Martin Cranie five minutes later.
Forestieri, a £3m signing from Watford, is also fleet-footed, hard-working and persistent, and there was always a nagging feeling that should Wednesday score, he would be involved.
So it proved as the visitors counter-attacked in the 83rd minute, with substitutes Atdhe Nuhiu and Lucas Joao linking well and the latter (a Portuguese international) crossing for the sliding Forestieri to steer the ball home.
It was a touch tough on Town, even if Joel Lynch had earlier cleared off the line from Aiden McGeady, and there was further frustration as Kieran Lee, guarding Wednesday’s left-hand post, appeared to block Philip Billing’s header from Joe Lolley’s corner with his arm.
Whistler Williamson waved away the home penalty claims and fifth-placed Wednesday survived a late push, during which centre-back Joel Lynch became a temporary frontman and even keeper Jed Steer went up for a corner, to record a fourth consecutive clean sheet, a third successive win and a double over 18th-placed Town, against whom they have gone five meetings unbeaten.
While freescoring at home (only Hull City can equal their 36 goals), head coach Carlos Carvalhal appears to have come up with an effective way for Wednesday to get points on their travels, boding well for a likely play-off tilt.
Town, with 52 goals from 39 matches, are hardly slouches when it comes to scoring.
But they found it hard to trouble a side who quickly got at least nine outfield players behind the ball, matched Town in terms of the reactive pressure which is a Wagner trademark and seemed to set the ‘fighting zone’ rather than the home team.
Having been unable to get past Wednesday, Town now tackle a second-placed Middlesbrough side who have conceded just six goals in 18 home games, and they will need to look after the ball better if they are to avoid another defeat.<p/>