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Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Newcastle United

Tom Lees
Tom Lees headed Sheffield Wednesday into a deserved lead in the second half

Championship play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday beat second-placed Newcastle, who again lost star striker Dwight Gayle through injury.

The Owls spurned numerous fine chances before the break, but scored twice after half-time through guided headers from Tom Lees and Steven Fletcher.

Jonjo Shelvey, who had earlier hit the bar from inside his own half, smashed home to set up a nervy finish.

But the sixth-placed Owls held on to ensure Newcastle remain second.

The Magpies are two points behind leaders Brighton & Hove Albion, who leapfrogged Rafael Benitez's side with victory over Queens Park Rangers on Friday.

But, most crucially, Newcastle still hold a 10-point gap to third-placed Huddersfield after defeats for the Terriers and Reading on Saturday - meaning three wins from their final five games will guarantee an instant return to the top flight.

Newcastle, who along with Brighton have occupied a top-two spot since October, were never at their best against Wednesday, with Gary Hooper and Fletcher both missing gilt-edged chances early on.

Top goalscorer Gayle hobbled off injured soon after, although Shelvey's audacious first-time strike from inside his own half almost put the visitors ahead against the run of play.

But Lees' header back across goal and Fletcher's superbly steered effort from a long throw-in put Wednesday in command after the interval, and they held on to complete a league double over Newcastle, despite Shelvey's late consolation.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We had a fantastic day as we're playing against the best team in the competition with a high standard.

"I think we completely deserved the victory.

"We didn't feel any kind of pressure, zero, as we look at us. Even if we didn't win today we depend on us.

"We never talk about the teams near us, we are talking all the time to try and win the next game."

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez:

"It is very disappointing, we didn't do what we had to today, we made too many mistakes.

"We gave them chances at the beginning. After we started the second half much better we had chances and were on top of them, then we gave a silly foul and gave a goal away from it.

"We didn't manage the situation the way we have to. We had some chances at the end and their keeper was making saves.

"We have to wake up and be ready for the next game. We have five games to play and we are in a good position."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 12LoovensSubstituted forSassoat 45'minutes
  • 36Pudil
  • 33WallaceBooked at 70minsSubstituted forSemedoat 73'minutes
  • 3Jones
  • 41BannanBooked at 18mins
  • 9Reach
  • 14HooperSubstituted forRhodesat 58'minutes
  • 6Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 11Winnall
  • 16Palmer
  • 17Rhodes
  • 24Semedo
  • 39Sasso
  • 45Forestieri

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 8Anita
  • 6Lascelles
  • 18Mbemba
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forMitrovicat 78'minutes
  • 12Shelvey
  • 15DiaméBooked at 44minsSubstituted forAtsuat 72'minutes
  • 20Gouffran
  • 17Pérez
  • 9GayleSubstituted forMurphyat 29'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Haidara
  • 21Elliot
  • 27Gámez
  • 30Atsu
  • 33Murphy
  • 34Ameobi
  • 45Mitrovic
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
28,883

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Newcastle United 1.

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Newcastle United 1. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Vincent Sasso.

Foul by David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Matt Ritchie.

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josè Semedo replaces Ross Wallace.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Booking

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Newcastle United 0. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Pudil.

Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Vincent Sasso.

Offside, Newcastle United. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Newcastle United 0. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Rhodes replaces Gary Hooper.

Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton41268769353486
2Newcastle41266974353984
3Huddersfield40235125046474
4Reading41227125657-173
5Leeds412261355391672
6Sheff Wed412091253411269
7Fulham4118131072522067
8Derby411711134841762
9Preston411613125951861
10Norwich411791572621060
11Aston Villa411513134340358
12Brentford41168176559656
13Barnsley411511155856256
14Cardiff411510165658-255
15Wolves40149175152-151
16QPR41148194755-850
17Ipswich411116144351-849
18Birmingham411113174160-1946
19Nottm Forest41129205666-1045
20Burton411112184155-1445
21Bristol City41128215361-844
22Blackburn41913194763-1640
23Wigan41910223551-1637
24Rotherham4145323593-5817
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