Dennis Adeniran was the matchwinner as Wednesday eased through to the Carabao Cup second round with a 2-0 win over Sunderland at Hillsborough this evening.
Both sides shuffled the pack from the weekend, Wednesday making eight changes from our starting line-up at MK Dons while Championship side Sunderland fielded a totally different starting eleven from the side that won at Bristol City.
It was a largely low-key affair but Adeniran gave the fans something to remember with a cracking 25-yarder into the top corner of the net after 16 minutes to open the scoring.
Ben Heneghan found the side netting soon afterwards when he should have headed back across goal while Sunderland’s only threat of the half came when the lively Jack Diamond shot across goal and wide.
Adeniran was then the architect of our second goal 10 minutes into the second half after Wednesday pressure forced a poor clearance from keeper Alex Bass. The midfielder’s immediate pinpoint cross found Sylla Sow and the substitute finished in style with a first-time half volley from eight yards out.
Sow might have made it three in the closing minutes, delaying his shot and getting crowded out, but Wednesday could reflect on a comfortable victory against a Sunderland side who posed few threats during the entire 90 minutes.
Dawson, Palmer, Iorfa, Heneghan (Ihiekwe 46), James (Johnson 80), Brown, Byers, Bakinson, Adeniran (A. Hunt 80), Paterson (Cook 71), Gregory (Sow 44). Unused subs: Stockdale, Bannan, Dele-Bashiru, Vaulks. Attendance 8,412.