Last week’s defeat to Leeds at Elland Road meant that Wednesday must get a result against Norwich to strengthen their Play off position. Meanwhile, the Canaries were eighth in the Championship league table and were looking for a win today to strengthen their play off chase, just behind chasing Fulham.
Fellow new signing Morgan Fox was on target after Cameron Jerome had halved the arrears but further strikes from Rhodes and Fernando Forestieri iced the cake.
While the scintillating performance gave the Owls a major boost, only the opposite was true for the Canaries, who saw their play-off hopes fade in S6.
And the score did not flatter Wednesday in the least as they launched wave on wave of attacks from the first whistle.
Barry Bannan was pulling the strings in the engine room and the overall attacking thrust caused major problems in the visitors’ rearguard.
That ethos was underlined by the dynamic figure of Sam Hutchinson as the Owls hit the front on 15 minutes.
The midfield man bravely blocked a Timm Klose punt and fiercely chased the rebound down the right flank to give John Ruddy a decision to make.
The keeper opted to take on Hutchinson in a foot race, was forced into a loose clearance and Wallace applied the punishment, drilling home superbly on the angle from all of 40 yards.
Not everything went the way of Wednesday, though, as the influential Hutchinson was forced out of the action with the break on the horizon.
But that was enough time for Norwich to get back into the game, with Jerome finding the net on 37 minutes.
Steven Naismith foraged into the penalty area down the left and saw his shot saved by Keiren Westwood, who was out of luck as the ball looped kindly at the back post for Jerome to nod home.
But the last thing Norwich expected was an instant reply – which is exactly what happened just three minutes later.
Forestieri swung a deep corner into the mix and Fox stooped low to find the gap on a crowded goal line to restore his side’s two-goal cushion.
Bannan did wonderfully well to pick out the lurking figure of Rhodes, who planted an unstoppable diving header beyond the helpless Ruddy.
And an afternoon to already forget for Ruddy promptly got worse as Forestieri crowned a memorable match with the delivery of a top-drawer free kick from 25 yards that had the England international clutching at air as it flew into the back of the net.
“The atmosphere was fantastic and for that, we say thank you.
“We have six games left to play at Hillsborough and this is what we need, so much positive energy.”
“That’s a shared responsibility between me and the team. Ultimately we’ve not done enough to put ourselves in a better position than where we are now.
“All I can do is apologise to the fans who made the trip up. It was as hard a viewing for them as it was for me.
“The players are really desponded and disappointed with how they performed and that’s tough to take.”
Norwich: Ruddy, Dijks, Martin, Naismith(Murphy 71), Howson, Jerome, Hoolahan(Pritchard 71), Klose, Murphy(Bennett 46), Pinto, Tettey
Subs: McGovern, Whittaker, Wildschut, Lafferty, Pritchard, Bennett, Murphy
Referee: Andy Davies