Talk about a sense of timing!

Martin Paterson and Adam Clayton returned to the team for the first time since their training ground bust-up more than four weeks ago.

And the pair combined to perfection to seal a big derby victory for Town.

Clayton produced a deft pass to set up Paterson for the opener just 11 minutes into the lunchtime contest.

And the scorer, who needed hand surgery in the wake of the spat, celebrated his first Town goal and 50th in league football by throwing a mock punch at his teammate!

Sheffield Wednesday (1) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Adam Clayton and Martin Paterson reference their alleged training ground bust-up as they celebrate Paterson's goal
Sheffield Wednesday (1) v Huddersfield Town (2) - Adam Clayton and Martin Paterson reference their alleged training ground bust-up as they celebrate Paterson's goal
 

Then, when Town were coming under pressure from a Wednesday side lifted by the introduction of former Bradford winger Jermaine Johnson, Clayton came up with a crucial second goal in the 68th minute.

That was a real hammer blow to home hopes, and although Town conceded to Connor Wickham’s free-kick in stoppage time – the only disappointment of the match for manager Mark Robins and the travelling faithful – Wednesday were well beaten as Town enjoyed another Hillsborough outing.

That’s three wins in their last four visits to the famous South Yorkshire venue, and the score will have done little for the job security of Owls boss Dave Jones.

For Town chief Mark Robins, whose side had lost two on the spin previously, it was a triumph of team selection – there were six changes from the side beaten 3-1 at home by Birmingham – and choice of tactics and formation.

Town reverted to the 3-5-2 favoured earlier in the campaign – Tommy Smith was the surprise choice as third centre-back in place of injured captain Peter Clarke – and really took advantage of the extra man in midfield against Wednesday’s 4-4-2.

With Joel Lynch doing a fine containing job on Michail Antonio – so much so that the winger was hounded by a section of the home support and replaced by Johnson at half-time – and fit-again Jonathan Hogg presiding over the centre of then park and any other area he chose to roam into, then Owls’ front two of Matty Fryatt and Wickham were starved of any meaningful chances, especially with Anthony Gerrard and the impressive Smith, making his league debut, mopping up most of the balls which found their way into the Town penalty box.

Wing-backs Adam Hammill and Paul Dixon both defended with spirit and got forward when possible while Hogg’s midfield colleagues Ollie Norwood and Clayton pushed up with effect.

And up top, leading scorer James Vaughan might not have added to his 11-goal tally on his return from a three-match ban (although he did shave the outside of a post) but he certainly offered a welcome outlet and threat with his determined running.

Sheffield Wednesday (1) v Huddersfield Town (2) - James Vaughan celebrates the win
Sheffield Wednesday (1) v Huddersfield Town (2) - James Vaughan celebrates the win
 

There was one worrying moment when the interim skipper scythed down scrum-capped centre-back Miguel Llera and became one of four Town players shown yellow cards.

But his approach and partnership with a hungry-looking Paterson meant the Wednesday defence seldom looked either comfortable or in control.

It was Vaughan’s persistence which brought the corner which led to Town’s second goal, and let’s not forget keeper Alex Smithies, who made two telling second-half saves from Johnson.

Run of the ball

11mins:  Town take the lead with the first genuine chance of the game. Paul Dixon combines with Ollie Norwood to set up Adam Clayton. He shapes as if to shoot, only to play in Martin Paterson with a clever reverse pass. The Town man appears fractionally offside, but the flag stays down and he shoots past on-loan Arsenal keeper Damian Martinez.

29mins:  Jose Semedo is well placed, but shoots well wide.

37mins:  Norwood’s dipping effort from distance is held at the second attempt.

45+1mins:  Michail Antonio’s low shot is held by Alex Smithies.

47mins:  Paul Dixon’s shot ricochets into the path of James Vaughan, whose effort shaves the outside of the right-hand post.

55mins:  Jermaine Johnson’s cross flies across the face of the Town goal with Matty Fryatt inches away from connecting.

56mins:  The raiding Dixon picks out Paterson, but the Town man scuffs his shot.

57mins:  Smithies makes a terrific save to deny Johnson.

68mins:  It’s 2-0 to Town as Clayton shoots home after Norwood’s shot from Hammill’s corner is blocked..

76mins:  Another great save from Smithies as Johnson shoots.

90+2mins:  Wednesday pull one back as Connor Wickham nets a free-kick after Jazz Richards fouls Semedo.