Second-half goals from Connor Wickham and Chris Maguire ensured Sheffield Wednesday began the new year with victory as they beat Blackpool in the Championship at Hillsborough.

Wickham gave Wednesday the lead just after the restart when his low drive went in off defender Jack Robinson.

Maguire made it 2-0 when he scrambled the ball over the line from close range after Wickham fired goalwards.

Craig Cathcart had Blackpool's best chance but headed wide.

Victory will boost Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray's bid to be handed the job on a permanent basis.

The match only went ahead following a pitch inspection, which took place 90 minutes before kick-off after heavy rain overnight.

The rain continued to fall as the game got under way, with Wednesday the better of the two sides early on.

Jacques Maghoma's low shot and Roger Johnson's long-range effort were both well saved by keeper Matt Gilks.

Hitting the target

Sheffield Wednesday converted just two of their 22 shots on target against Blackpool

Atdhe Nuhiu's shot struck a defender before Maghoma and team-mate Maguire both shot wide while at the other end.

Barry Ferguson squandered Blackpool's first real chance when he put a free-kick over.

The visitors then saw another opportunity go wanting when Dan Gosling's shot was saved and Johnson's clearance rebounded off Tyler Blackett and bounced of the post.

Wednesday started the second half like they did the first and this time they were rewarded through Wickham's strike.

Maguire doubled the lead and had a chance for a third but pulled the ball wide of the post.

Cathcart headed Blackpool's best chance wide before Wickham shot wide in stoppage time.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray:

"I was disappointed with our first-half performance. We didn't play at a high enough intensity. If anything, we should have had more goals but the pleasing thing was the 2-0 win and the three points.

"Connor Wickham has a great habit of being in the right positions, we're delighted that Sunderland have agreed to extend his stay here. Connor is a young lad who's getting valuable experience, playing at a good level.

"I'm just on a game-to-game basis so I imagine I will be preparing the team for Macclesfield [in the FA Cup third round]. I'll carry on until I am told different."

Blackpool assistant manager Steve Thompson:

"We're very disappointed - if you don't take your chances, you're going to get punished. We had a good meeting after the game, where we had a heart-to-heart.

"We discussed a lot of things we need to improve on, such as decision-making on the ball. It was a constructive discussion and we'll get back on the training ground on Thursday and try and sort things out.

"Credit to Sheffield Wednesday who did well and played to their strengths. I'm sure the manager and chairman will be sitting down to try and get the squad up to strength."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 22 Palmer
  • 03 Johnson Booked
  • 06 Semedo
  • 08 Johnson
  • 36 Loovens
  • 20 Lee
  • 18 Maguire (Antonio - 89' )
  • 34 Nuhiu (Johnson - 76' )
  • 29 Wickham
  • 10 Maghoma Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Antonio
  • 11 Johnson
  • 16 McCabe
  • 17 Helan
  • 19 Mattock
  • 26 Martinez
  • 32 Llera

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 12 Bishop
  • 03 Robinson
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 05 Mackenzie
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 11 Ince
  • 31 Martínez (Chopra - 58' )
  • 19 Fuller Booked (Davies - 77' )
  • 04 Gosling
  • 25 Blackett (Delfouneso - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Chopra
  • 09 Davies
  • 13 Warner
  • 14 Delfouneso
  • 23 Eccleston
  • 27 Barkhuizen
  • 33 Harris
Ref: Dean Whitestone
Att: 19,447

Match Stats

Shots

22 10

On target

8 0

Corners

3 6

Fouls

14 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +4:41 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +3:55

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:55

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

90:00 +2:14

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

90:00 +2:14

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:00

Offside, Blackpool. Craig Cathcart tries a through ball, but Steve Davies is caught offside.

90:00 +1:31

Offside, Blackpool. Michael Chopra tries a through ball, but Steve Davies is caught offside.

90:00 +1:10

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

90:00 +0:42

Attempt saved. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

89:38

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:38

Foul by Michael Chopra (Blackpool).

89:07

Hand ball by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

88:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Michail Antonio replaces Chris Maguire.

86:35

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

85:48

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:44

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:07

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

85:07

Michael Chopra (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:56

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

81:50

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josè Semedo.

79:48

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:48

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

77:57

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Reda Johnson.

76:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Ricardo Fuller.

75:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

73:11

Attempt blocked. Michael Chopra (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Gilks.

72:39

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

71:50

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Josè Semedo.

71:27

Attempt saved. Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

70:59

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

70:58

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Josè Semedo.

68:48

Attempt missed. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a corner.

68:04

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Reda Johnson.

66:53

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Roger Johnson following a set piece situation.

66:39

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:39

Foul by Dan Gosling (Blackpool).

64:55

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

64:55

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Tyler Blackett.

63:19

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

63:19

Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:33 Booking

Booking Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:29

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:29

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

60:47

Offside, Blackpool. Gary Mackenzie tries a through ball, but Michael Chopra is caught offside.

59:56

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:56

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

59:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Blackpool 0. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

58:54

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

57:51

Attempt missed. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a set piece situation.

57:30 Booking

Booking Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:27

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:27

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

57:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Chopra replaces Ángel.

56:35

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

55:33

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Reda Johnson.

55:01

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu tries a through ball, but Jacques Maghoma is caught offside.

54:17

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

52:36

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

52:12

Offside, Blackpool. Matthew Gilks tries a through ball, but Ricardo Fuller is caught offside.

51:17

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

50:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Blackpool 0. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

47:40

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Chris Maguire.

47:09

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

47:09

Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Blackpool 0.

45:00 +1:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Blackpool 0.

45:00 +0:36 Booking

Booking Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:23

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:23

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

43:40

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

39:43

Foul by Dan Gosling (Blackpool).

39:43

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:58

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:58

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

37:42

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

37:42

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:28

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Roger Johnson tries a through ball, but Liam Palmer is caught offside.

31:21

Foul by Thomas Ince (Blackpool).

31:21

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:32

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:32

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

29:31

Offside, Blackpool. Dan Gosling tries a through ball, but Neal Bishop is caught offside.

29:02

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Reda Johnson.

27:50

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Blackpool).

27:50

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:20

Ángel (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:20

Foul by Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

25:54

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

23:51

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:51

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

23:14

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Blackpool).

23:14

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:40

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

21:27

Attempt missed. Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

20:11

Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:11

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

19:00

Attempt saved. Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:38

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

17:07

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

17:07

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:47

Foul by Barry Ferguson (Blackpool).

14:47

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:21

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

11:23

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

11:05

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

9:58

Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:58

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

8:47

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

8:47

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:20

Attempt saved. Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

3:28

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

3:28

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:57

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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