Kieran’s strike seals place in the play-offs

Wednesday secured a play-off place for the second successive season after a largely dominant performance in a 1-0 win at Ipswich.

Kieran Lee’s 77th minute close-range strike from Daniel Pudil’s low cross signalled Wednesday’s sixth win in a row and, more importantly, with play-off rivals Fulham and Leeds only drawing it confirmed our play-off position.

With one game still to play, we now sit in fourth place on 81 points, one behind third-placed Reading and level with fifth-placed Huddersfield but with a superior goal difference to the Terriers of 15 goals.

With next Sunday’s opponents, Fulham, being held to a draw by Brentford we now also know that we cannot finish lower than fifth place as the Cottagers in sixth are back on 77 points.

Barring a miracle in next weekend’s final games, Fulham will join ourselves, Reading and Huddersfield in the play-off semis and all that remains is to see who plays who after the curtain comes down on the Championship season next Sunday.

At Ipswich, the Owls looked the better side for the majority of the game and, after Ross Wallace had seen his long-range effort come back off the inside of post early in the second half, Lee struck with a neat finish to also mark our best winning sequence for 24 years.

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