MX23RW : Wednesday, December 19 02:05:52
Oct 7, 2018 at 1.30pm UK at ​Ashton Gate Stadium (Bristol)
Attendance: 20,102
Bristol City
1-2
Sheff WedsSheffield Wednesday
Taylor (80' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-0)
Joao (64', 66')

Result: Joao double takes Sheffield Wednesday into play-off positions

The Owls are now a point above Brentford, Derby, Norwich and Blackburn.

Lucas Joao scored twice in the space of three second-half minutes as Sheffield Wednesday moved into the Sky Championship top six with a 2-1 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Introduced as a 17th-minute substitute for the injured Steven Fletcher, the Portuguese striker broke the deadlock in the 64th minute when, with City appealing for offside, he latched onto a long clearance from goalkeeper Cameron Dawson to fire past Niki Maenpaa from inside the box.

The shaken home side had not recovered when Joao tricked his way past Adam Webster and fired in from 12 yards to make it 2-0.

Matty Taylor reduced the arrears by smashing home a 79th-minute penalty after Callum O’Dowda had been brought down by Josh Onomah. But, despite frantic late efforts, the hosts could not conjure up an equaliser in a game that could have gone either way.

Both sides passed up golden scoring opportunities in the first half. The first fell to Wednesday after 10 minutes when Adam Reach got in behind defender Lloyd Kelly only for his volley to be blocked by advancing goalkeeper Maenpaa.

Moments later there was an even better chance for City as a wayward defensive pass left Famara Diedhiou all alone in a central position inside the box. The striker looked surprised not to be flagged offside and failed to beat goalkeeper Dawson, who spread himself to save a low drive.

City were on top and Kelly sent a left-foot shot across goal and against the far post from an angle after 15 minutes. In the goalmouth scramble that followed, both Nathan Baker and Webster had efforts blocked.

Jamie Paterson’s long-range shot brought another save from Dawson in the 33rd minute but Wednesday were starting to click as an attacking force.

Reach almost caught out Maenpaa with a 25-yard shot that appeared to swerve, with the goalkeeper blocking with his legs. From the resulting corner Tom Lees nodded across goal and Joao somehow missed his header from point-blank range.

The second half began with another great opportunity for Wednesday when Joao set up Barry Bannan inside the box. The midfielder elected to go for a delicate chip and his effort lacked the pace to beat the unsighted Maenpaa.

City were quick to respond and when Taylor’s shot was blocked, Josh Brownhill fired over from the edge of the box.

Joao’s first goal had City head coach Lee Johnson gesturing angrily at the officials, convinced it was offside.

He reacted to the second with a triple substitution, sending on O’Dowda, Andreas Weimann and Marley Watkins, but despite Taylor’s penalty and seven minutes of stoppage time it was Wednesday who claimed the points.

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1Leeds UnitedLeeds22136336181845
2Norwich CityNorwich22135440261444
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom22116546311539
4Derby CountyDerby2211563124738
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2211473526937
6Middlesbrough229942416836
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest22811332221035
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9Swansea CitySwansea229582724332
10Birmingham CityBirmingham2271053227531
11Stoke CityStoke2271052927231
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn2271052933-431
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14Bristol City228682726130
15Preston North EndPreston227783537-228
16Wigan AthleticWigan2274112330-725
17Hull City2266102330-724
18Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton WanderersBolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich TownIpswich2228121837-1914

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