A Lee Gregory double took Wednesday to within a point of second place in division one in a low-key 2-0 win at Cambridge this afternoon.
With Ipswich slipping up at home to Lincoln, we now sit on 29 points, one behind the Tractor Boys but still five adrift of leaders Plymouth after their 4-1 win at MK Dons. The victory also takes us seven points clear of Portsmouth in fourth but they have three games in hand.
Gregory gave us just the start we wanted after six minutes, defender Greg Taylor failed to cut out Tyreeq Bakinson’s through ball and Gregory clipped home past Dimitar Mitov.
However, while Cambridge rarely threatened in the first half, Wednesday failed to build on the flying start and we created few chances of our own.
When we did show a glimpse of the sharp, passing movements that have served us so well this season, we went close to a second goal. Liam Palmer’s drilled pass down the right found Josh Windass and when he crossed to the far post Michael Smith saw his header saved low down by Mitov.
It was a similar story after the break with Cambridge having their fair share of possession but hardly troubling David Stockdale and Wednesday, while struggling to get out of third gear for much of the time, fashioned the few clearcut chances that were created.
Mitov made a mess of a fierce Marvin Johnson cross but Cambridge were able to clear before Gregory made sure of the points 13 minutes from time.
Palmer picked out Gregory with a cross from the right and the striker volleyed home from eight yards as Mitov scrambled in vain to keep the ball out of the net.
Stockdale, Palmer, Ihiekwe, Heneghan, Vaulks (Dele-Bashiru 90), Johnson, Bannan, Bakinson (Byers 69), Windass, Gregory, Smith (McGuinness 69). Unused subs. Dawson, Brown, Paterson, Mighten.