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Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Wolves

Ruben Neves
Wolves celebrate a second goal of the season for Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves' classy first-half finish helped Championship leaders Wolves edge past struggling Sheffield Wednesday to go seven points clear at the top.

The hosts' best chance came early on, Adam Reach slicing wide when well-placed, but they struggled to create.

Against the run of play, Neves, the Championship's most expensive player, stroked into the corner from 25 yards.

Neves denied Ross Wallace a tap-in as the Owls pressed but a late Morgan Fox red card allowed Wolves to see it out.

Defeat added pressure on Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal - who watched from the stands because of a touchline ban - with his side without a win in six.

Defender Fox, booked on the hour mark for a trip on Ivan Cavaleiro, was shown a second yellow after clipping Helder Costa and effectively ended the home side's hopes.

Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves, who have now won four successive away games without conceding a goal for the first time in the club's history, could have doubled their lead in the closing stages, with Romain Saiss heading wide and Cavaleiro firing off-target when Costa was in support.

However, they have reached the 50-point mark in just 22 games, the fastest since Wolves themselves did so in 2008-09 on their way to securing the title.

The Owls remain 15th but will drop a place if Norwich avoid defeat on Saturday, while they have now won just one of their past 19 home meetings with the Midlands side.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I think we deserved more than what we achieved. We played against a strong team but we made things difficult for them and they didn't create chances.

"The goal came from nothing but after that we played with quality but it's not easy to play against a team with five players at the back and with fast attackers, but we balanced the team well.

"We had two or three situations but we didn't score from them."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC WM:

"I thought it was a deserved win. We had control and good moments of football but to defend like we defend against a difficult situation that Sheffield created in the second half takes quality and character.

"John Ruddy didn't make a save which says a lot about the way they defend and the way they put their bodies between the ball and our goal.

"We should have done better when we created three against three situations (going forward) but that will come."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 16Palmer
  • 12Loovens
  • 4van Aken
  • 6FoxBooked at 85mins
  • 3Jones
  • 8ButterfieldBooked at 33minsSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 64'minutes
  • 14Hooper
  • 33Wallace
  • 20Reach
  • 7RhodesSubstituted forNuhiuat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Nuhiu
  • 18Lucas João
  • 19Matias
  • 34Kean
  • 36Pudil
  • 41Abdi
  • 46Venâncio

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5BennettBooked at 43mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 8NevesBooked at 82mins
  • 27Saiss
  • 29VinagreSubstituted forBatthat 67'minutes
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forA N'Diayeat 90+1'minutes
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forHélder Costaat 72'minutes
  • 18JotaBooked at 29mins

Substitutes

  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 6Batth
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 24Gibbs-White
  • 25Miranda
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 31Norris
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
23,809

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alfred N'Diaye replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) for a bad foul.

Foul by Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. David Jones tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

Booking

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Joost van Aken.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Léo Bonatini.

Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Danny Batth replaces Rúben Vinagre.

Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

Hand ball by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves22163342172551
2Cardiff21135332161644
3Bristol City21117334221240
4Derby21115533211238
5Aston Villa21107429181137
6Sheff Utd2112183426837
7Leeds2110383326733
8Middlesbrough219572720732
9Ipswich2110293532332
10Preston218852522332
11Nottm Forest21100113135-430
12Fulham217862727029
13Brentford216963330327
14Reading217682826227
15Sheff Wed226972627-127
16Norwich217682127-627
17Millwall215882221123
18Hull215793739-222
19QPR215792332-922
20Barnsley2155112434-1020
21Bolton2137112140-1916
22Birmingham2144131030-2016
23Sunderland2129102638-1215
24Burton2135131340-2714
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