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Report: Sheff Wed 2-0 Wycombe

Goal in each half wins it for the Owls.

10 February 2021

It was the Owls who claimed all three points in a game that started on a green pitch and ended on a white one as snowy conditions took hold. Despite having great bouts of possession and some real chances, goals from Jordan Rhodes and Adam Reach took the game out of reach for the Chairboys.

Sheffield Wednesday kicked off the game and enjoyed some early possession, winning a free kick and delivering a few looping crosses which did nothing to worry Ryan Allsop in the Wycombe goal. However, it didn’t take long for the Chairboys to settle into the game, as they enjoyed some better possession. Some longer balls forward were close to reaching Adebayo Akinfenwa, and Scott Kashket was doing well in initiating the press to put the Owls defence under pressure.

Allsop was the first keeper to make a real save on 17 minutes, as a scooped ball down the left-hand side saw a strong cross by Adam Reach hit first time by Callum Paterson. A good strike but tipped over the ball by Allsop.

Following that initial shot, Sheffield Wednesday grew in confidence. Wycombe did well to absorb pressure from a number of corners before a clearance gave Anis Mehmeti the opportunity to drive forward into space. He was able to find Horgan on the right-hand side with plenty of time. Horgan’s cross back to Mehmeti was pinpoint accurate, but he was taken out from behind by the Sheffield Wednesday defender - very unlucky not to win the penalty.

Some more pressure from the Owls saw Ryan Tafazolli make two important blocks, before Kadeem Harris, who had been causing issues down the right, was able to deliver a cross which Jordan Rhodes made no mistake in heading home at the back post. 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday.

Wycombe were still making the most of their attacking possession when they came, with Akinfenwa able to rise above his defender to win a few headers. A minute later, Nnamdi Ofoborh won a free-kick in dangerous shooting territory, only to step up and send it high and wide of the Sheffield Wednesday goal.

Heading into the tunnel at half-time, the Chairboys had 48% possession and had enjoyed some real chances. There was all to play for in the second half.

The second half whistle blew, and Sheffield Wednesday were the ones putting on the early pressure. An early corner cleared away, with a large number of Wycombe shirts who could have broken, but the Chairboys weren’t quick enough to make it happen.

A nervy few minutes saw Paterson through on goal from a long ball, only for Allsop to come out of his 18-yard-box to make the tackle. The subsequent deflection saw the ball then fall to another Owls player, and Allsop did well to get across and put his body in the way in order to deny another shot at the open goal.

The first change of the match saw Adebayo Akinfenwa make way for Uche Ikpeazu up top in the 62nd minute.

It didn’t take long for Uche to get involved, winning a free kick in a dangerous area within five minutes of his substitution. The dead ball and a few crosses were looking better for Wycombe, but they were unable to do any real damage where it mattered.

The 70th minute saw a triple substitution as some fresh attacking firepower entered the fray. Garath McCleary, Fred Onyedinma and Admiral Muskwe taking the places of Kashket, Mehmeti and Horgan.

It was from a dubious corner that Sheffield Wednesday were able to double the deficit on the 77th minute. Kadeem Harris continued to cause major issues as he darted away from his marker to get a shot away. The block only made its way as far as Adam Reach whose stinging shot took a massive deflection off Stewart to hit the back of the net. 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday.

The fresh attacking legs were helping create some chances; McCleary cutting past his player and getting a looped ball into the box. Stewart did well to get a touch to the ball and bring it down, but Kieren Westwood smothered the ball before it crossed the line.

The snow was making things almost impossible for both teams in the final minutes of the game, and neither had any real chances as the combination of players sliding all over the place and the ball sticking to the grass really killed the competition.

Wycombe will be disappointed not to have taken their chances against a hardy Sheffield Wednesday side sitting just above them in the table. Full time 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday.

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