Berahino leads Wednesday goal feast

Wednesday hit Cambridge for six as we got back on the play-off trail at Hillsborough today.

Saido Berahino hit a quickfire hat-trick and we could have had more goals as we romped into a 6-0 lead in under an hour

The result sees us move up to seventh on 64 points, one behind sixth-placed Plymouth and two points and two positions behind Sunderland, with two games in hand on the Black Cats.

Oxford sit in fourth on 68 points but having played two more games than us, with Wigan and MK to Dons on 73 points in second and third respectively.

This afternoon’s S6 goal-rush began on six minutes when Lee Gregory’s dangerous low cross was turned into his own goal by Lloyd Jones.

And it was 2-0 four minutes later when Barry Bannan burst clear just inside the Cambridge half and curled a tremendous 30-yarder into the top corner of the Kop end net.

Wednesday were in total control and Lee Gregory and Marvin Johnson both went close before Berahino struck a post.

Dimitar Mitov then saved from Berahino but the striker was not to be denied, firing low past the keeper on 37 minutes to make it three.

And he was on target again four minutes later from close range after Mitov had saved from Lewis Gibson.

Any question as to whether Wednesday could keep up the scoring in the second half was soon answered, George Byers guiding home a fifth goal on 48 minutes after a pass from Berahino.

Then, incredibly, it was 6-0 just nine minutes into the second half, Berahino shooting home to complete a hat-trick inside 17 minutes.

Wednesday continued to dominate, with sub Florian Kamberi missing a great opening with a weak finish.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell prevented Cambridge getting a consolation goal with a fine save from Harvey Knibbs and Wednesday had the final say just before the final whistle, Jack Hunt firing an angled drive over the bar at the far post.

Peacock-Farrell, Storey, Hutchinson (Iorfa 58), Gibson, Hunt, Luongo, Byers, Bannan, Johnson, Berahino (Sow 72), Gregory (Kamberi 58). Unused subs: Wildsmith, Palmer, Dele-Bashiru, Paterson. Att: 22,246.



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