Sheffield Wednesday duo Chris Maguire and Rhys McCabe have both staked claims for inclusion in Dave Jones’ first-team plans, after run outs for the club’s U21s on Tuesday evening.
Scotsman McCabe has made just two league appearances for the Owls this season, but played a full 90 minutes for Lee Bullen’s Development side as they beat local rivals Barnsley 3-1.
Maguire, who was replaced at half time by Sampdoria loanee Andelko Savic, set up Wednesday’s first goal, scored by French striker Franck Betra.
Former Derby County striker Maguire has been restricted to just over two hours of first team action this season, as the Owls continue their search for an elusive first win of the season.
“We never expected to have as bad a start as we have had,” Maguire said.
“It is frustrating but I think it’s only a matter of time before things pick up.
“We want to win that first game, of course, and if everybody keeps working hard then the result will come.”
Strikes from Johnny Fenwick and Khalil Lambin sealed the win, with Brad Abbott netting a second half consolation for the visitors, who are coached by former Owl and Red Paul Heckingbottom.
Jacques Maghoma and Kamil Zayatte also played the full 90 minutes.
Joe Mattock, continuing his comeback from a knee injury, was scheduled to take part in the game, before illness ruled him out.
He, too, could come into contention for Wednesday’s next game, against Bolton on October 19 - especially with continuing doubts over the fitness of stand-in captain Reda Johnson.
Gary Madine, meanwhile, could be released from prison as early as February, the jailed striker’s uncle, Paul Roley, has revealed.
Madine was jailed for 18 months for two separate attacks on fans in Sheffield nightclubs. Wednesday have yet to issue a statement on whether Madine would be released from his contract.