Hooper keeps Owls on edge of play-offs

Gary Hooper struck twice in the second half as Wednesday completed a far from convincing 3-2 win over bottom club Bolton to stay in play-off contention.

Like the Owls, Hooper had an up-and-down evening as his loan spell nears its end – netting the brace of goals but also missing two excellent first-half chances.

Fernando Forestieri fired us ahead with another spectacular long-range effort after 14 minutes, only for Wednesday to allow former player Gary Madine to net a soft equaliser from close range within five minutes.

Bolton continued to pose problems in the first half against a below-par Owls but we were back in front on 52 minutes, Hooper completing a good move by firing past Ben Amos from eight yards.

However,  Bolton were level again 10 minutes later when David Wheater’s header looped over Joe Wildsmith.

We continued to struggle to get a consistent pattern to our play but clinched all three points 13 minutes from time. Hooper might have been penalised for dangerous kicking when he flicked the ball over Wheater in the penalty area but no foul was given and he took full advantage by firing into the roof of the net.

We remain two points off the play-off places, behind fifth-placed Ipswich and Brighton in sixth.


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