Four-goal Owls seal play-off place

Wednesday secured our division one play-off place with a 4-1 win over Portsmouth at a sun-soaked and packed Hillsborough this afternoon

The victory sees us finish the league season  in fourth and we now face a two-legged play-off semi final with Sunderland, the first game at the Stadium of Light next Friday with the return at Hillsborough on the following Monday, May 9, kick off 7.45pm.

The other semi final sees MK Dons playing Wycombe while Plymouth were the team to miss out on the top six.

At Hillsborough, we fell behind to Portsmouth  after just four minutes to the almost predictable goal from ex-Owl George Hirst.

However, we were level on 17 minutes, Lee Gregory steering home Marvin Johnson’s low cross in clinical fashion.

Gregory then forced a fine save out of Gavin Bazunu with a cracking angled drive and the keeper was in action again to tip over a Barry Bannan effort.

A second Wednesday goal came on 36 minutes, Saido Berahino turning the ball home from close range after a scramble in the box.

Four minutes later it was 3-1 when Jordan Storey converted a low cross from George Byers to put Wednesday in control at the interval.

Byers almost made it four just before the hour but his was effort from inside the box was saved by Bazunu and then Gregory was so close to getting his second of the afternoon, expertly lobbing the keeper from the edge of the box but seeing his effort just graze the top of the bar.

Portsmouth still offered a threat on the break and Bailey Peacock-Farrell made excellent saves to deny a header from Louis Thompson and another Hirst shot.

However, Wednesday wrapped up the points four minutes from time when Byers’ flicked header from a corner by sub Josh Windass found the far corner of the Kop net to complete an excellent day’s work for the Owls.

Peacock-Farrell, Hunt, Palmer, Storey, Hutchinson, Johnson, Byers, Luongo, Bannan (Paterson 82), Berahino (Windass 76), Gregory, (Dele-Bashiru 88). Unused subs. Wildsmith, Gibson, Dunkley, Mendez-Laing. Attendance: 33,394.

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