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Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Bakary Sako
Bakary Sako's penalty was his 12th goal of the season

Wolves kept up their promotion hopes as some clinical finishing saw off a wasteful Sheffield Wednesday side.

Kenny Jackett's team have lost just once in their last seven games and are three points off the play-off spots with eight games left.

Bakary Sako opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Benik Afobe doubled the lead with a volley off the post after the break.

Substitute James Henry wrapped up the win with a curler from 20 yards.

But it could have been a different story had Stuart Gray's Owls - who had 20 shots during the game and had more possession - found the target when on top.

Atdhe Nuhiu and Tom Lees headed wide for Wednesday, and Wolves goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak also saved well from Jacques Maghoma.

The hosts went ahead when Nouha Dicko was tripped by Claude Dielna and Sako scored from the spot.

After the break Afobe doubled the lead with his 27th goal of the season, crashing in a fine cross from Matt Doherty.

It was three when Henry cut inside to curl into the top corner, but Wolves' night ended on a sour note when defender Richard Stearman went down injured and had to leave the pitch on a stretcher.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett:

"It's a crucial win. We need a great run and if we can find our form then we have an opportunity, it sets up Friday against Derby as a great game.

"We'll look forward to it and it's an opportunity for us against one of the sides above us to pull them back a bit more.

"The gap to Derby in fifth is five points and it's the sort of night you're in the game for and we're looking quickly towards Friday."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"I'm disappointed the penalty was given because it was a good tackle.

"I've seen it back, we've lost possession, Wolves have broken and the boy Dielna has put a fair tackle in. I don't think he (Dicko) has dived but his momentum took him over his leg.

"What has helped is 5,000 Wolves fans appealing for the penalty, I'm disappointed but I can't blame the referee for the next two goals."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 5StearmanSubstituted forEbanks-Landellat 74'minutes
  • 3Golbourne
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forHenryat 53'minutes
  • 19Price
  • 11McDonaldSubstituted forEdwardsat 88'minutes
  • 10Sako
  • 40Dicko
  • 12Afobe

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 7Henry
  • 13McCarey
  • 14Evans
  • 16Doyle
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 30Hause

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 36Vermijl
  • 15Lees
  • 35DielnaBooked at 18mins
  • 17Helan
  • 10Maguire
  • 37McGuganBooked at 86mins
  • 4HutchinsonSubstituted forMeloat 77'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 7MaySubstituted forLaveryat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 3Mattock
  • 13Lavery
  • 20Lee
  • 26De Havilland
  • 33Melo
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
18,687

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Tom Lees following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis McGugan with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

Hand ball by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dave Edwards replaces Kevin McDonald.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Booking

Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Nouha Dicko is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Golbourne.

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Filipe Melo (Sheffield Wednesday).

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Filipe Melo replaces Sam Hutchinson.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ethan Ebanks-Landell replaces Richard Stearman because of an injury.

Delay in match Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Caolan Lavery replaces Stevie May.

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Marnick Vermijl (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford382261078453372
2Middlesbrough38219859273272
3Bournemouth382010879403970
4Norwich381910973423167
5Derby381910969412867
6Brentford382051362501265
7Ipswich3818101058431564
8Wolves381711105445962
9Nottm Forest371412115951854
10Blackburn381412125149254
11Charlton381215114548-351
12Sheff Wed381214123338-550
13Cardiff381212144650-448
14Leeds37139153946-748
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton38128184556-1144
17Huddersfield381111164865-1744
18Reading37128174058-1844
19Brighton38915144246-442
20Fulham37117194865-1740
21Rotherham37913153855-1740
22Wigan38810203451-1734
23Millwall38711203162-3132
24Blackpool38410242977-4822
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