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Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Preston North End

Lewis McGugan
Lewis McGugan scored the winner at Newcastle in the League Cup last week

Sheffield Wednesday moved to within three points of the play-off places with a comfortable win over Preston.

The hosts took the lead just before the break when Kieran Lee stroked home Fernando Forestieri's lay off.

Daniel Pudil doubled the Owls' lead from close range before Preston's Alan Browne touched home Eoin Doyle's flick.

Lewis McGugan secured all three points with a long range strike in injury time after Lilywhites goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had gone forward for a corner.

Carlos Carvahal's side have now won their last four games in all competitions, while Preston have not won in eight matches after their promotion last season.

After a first half of few chances, Wednesday produced a well worked passing move to eventually allow Lee to score on his 100th appearance for the club.

On-loan Watford winger Pudil nicked the ball off John Welsh before finishing smartly for their second, but Browne's smart finish gave the visitors some hope.

Adam Reach and Doyle went close grabbing an equaliser for Preston, but McGugan's strike into a free net eventually settled the game.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"This is the Championship, the teams all the time believe they can change the score.

"It's most important that we win, we are in a sequence of a lot of games. It was a typical game from the Championship. We won and we have three points and that is the most important thing.

"The first goal was very important to us, at the break we were planning to try and correct everything.

"Everything belongs to the players, we have a fantastic group."

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"It's a feeling of frustration, in the first half we were comfortable but we were the architects of our own downfall with all three goals.

"Up to the 44th minute we were comfortable, I have never known Hillsborough so quiet, our goalkeeper has not had a save to make, then we make a mistake and we made another one after half-time and we have a mountain to climb.

"We should have got something out of the game, we had Sheffield Wednesday on the back foot and had some really good opportunities to get something out of the game.

"But at Championship level you get punished if you make mistakes."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 3Turner
  • 36Pudil
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 20Lee
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forMcGuganat 67'minutes
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forLópezat 85'minutes
  • 41Bannan
  • 9NuhiuSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Loovens
  • 7Matias
  • 10McGugan
  • 16Wiggins
  • 18Lucas João
  • 21López
  • 28Wildsmith

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 15Woods
  • 5Clarke
  • 4McCarthySubstituted forHumphreyat 10'minutes
  • 3Cunningham
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 87mins
  • 16Browne
  • 19Welsh
  • 32Reach
  • 9KeaneSubstituted forDoyleat 56'minutes
  • 24MaySubstituted forHugillat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Humphrey
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 12Gallagher
  • 13Doyle
  • 25Hugill
  • 29Heaton
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
20,383

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Preston North End 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Preston North End 1.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 3, Preston North End 1. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Álex López.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Turner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Álex López (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Turner.

Booking

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Álex López replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

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

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Attempt saved. John Welsh (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Preston North End 1. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eoin Doyle with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sam Hutchinson.

Attempt missed. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

Attempt saved. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Humphrey.

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Preston North End. Greg Cunningham tries a through ball, but Eoin Doyle is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lewis McGugan replaces Ross Wallace.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

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

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Greg Cunningham with a cross.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kieran Lee.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton10640148622
2Middlesbrough106221771020
3Reading10532167918
4Birmingham105321610618
5Hull10532137618
6Burnley105321411318
7Derby10451127517
8Cardiff104421411316
9Wolves104331511415
10Sheff Wed104331514115
11QPR104331820-215
12Ipswich104331517-215
13Nottm Forest10334910-112
14Blackburn102531210211
15Fulham93241514111
16Leeds10253913-411
17Huddersfield102441014-410
18Charlton9234912-39
19MK Dons10226914-58
20Brentford102261219-78
21Rotherham102261219-78
22Bolton10154916-78
23Preston10145713-67
24Bristol City101451220-87
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