Sheffield Wednesday match report: Wolves 0 Owls 2
A first half penalty by Fernando Forestieri and strike by Kieran Lee secured the Owls' first Championship win in four matches. It was their first victory in seven attempts and over a decade at Wolves. The Owls had lost on all of their last five visits to Wolves.Victory lifted them into the top-six and was only their third triumph over Wolves in the last 27 meetings between the two clubs.It was Wednesday who created the first meaningful chance, with Forestieri cutting inside from the left before seeing his low right foot shot comfortably gathered by Andy Lonergan. Cheered on by a bumper crowd, Wolves hit back and it took a brave clearance by Tom Lees to prevent David Edwards from having a sight at goal.Then midfielder Conor Coady burst clear, deftly flicking the ball over Glenn Loovens but he dragged his effort wide.It was Barry Bannan who unsettled the hosts defence in the build up to the Owls' opener. He fizzed in a dangerous low centre which Wolves failed to deal with effectively and Forestieri was unceremoniously scythed down by Doherty. It was a definite spot-kick and the little striker picked himself up and coolly sent Lonergan the wrong way from 12 yards.Forestieri's penalty rattled Wolves and Bannan drilled over from 15 yards after a great delivery from the right by Kieran Lee.Things got even better for Wednesday before the half hour mark as Lee doubled their advantage. He slammed home from close range after a fine pull back from Lucas Joao, who replaced the injured Gary Hooper up front, after Forestieri had robbed Richard Stearman of possession. It was Lee's fourth goal of the campaign.Wolves struggled to get out of their own half as the Owls continued to dominate. Ross Wallace's curling 30-yard free-kick sailed inches off.
Moments later, Wallace led another swift counter attack and his pass was almost turned in by Dominic Iorfa. It was no surprise Wolves, without a victory since September 24, made a subsitution at half-time after being comprehensively outplayed.Paul Lambert, taking charge of his first home match since succeeding Walter Zenga in the managerial hot-seat, threw on Nouha Dicko to freshen up their forward line.It didn't take Dicko, who has previously represented Rotherham United on loan, to make his presence felt. He latched on to Jack Price's immaculate through ball only to fire over from an acute angle.The momentum had swung Wolves' way and Kortney Hause's bullet header from Price's corner went straight at Westwood.Wednesday were forced into a defensive reshuffle when Jack Hunt was taken off after picking up an injury. He was replaced by academy graduate Liam Palmer.Wallace, a good outlet throughout for the Owls on the right flank, tested the reflexes of Lonergan from long range as the visitors pressed for the killer third.
But Wolves should have reduced their arrears in the 77th minute but substitute Ivan Cavaleiro dragged his shot across the face of goal after racing on to Edwards' flick on.Wednesday continued to pass and probe and Steven Fletcher was denied by the agility of Lonergan after Wallace's shot turned cross.In the closing stages, man of the match Forestieri nearly capitalised on a poor back header by Hause but his header was punched away by Lonergan.Cavaleiro came close to grabbing a late consolation but Westwood maintained his concentration levels to keep him out.
Wolves: Lonergan; Iorfa, Stearman, Hause, Doherty; Coady, Price; Costa (Teixeira 71), Edwards, Saville (Dicko HT); Dadi Bodvarsson (Cavaleiro 76); Substitutes: Ikeme, Enobakhare, Saiss, Ronan.Owls: Westwood; Hunt (Palmer 64), Lees, Loovens, Reach; Wallace, Lee, Hutchinson, Bannan (Buckley 85); Forestieri, Joao (Fletcher 73). Substitutes: Pudil, Nuhiu, Dawson, Jones.Attendance: 27,293 (2,416)Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)