Wednesday returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Ipswich this afternoon.
It was hardly a classic but the success means we remain six points from the play-offs, moves us up one place to eighth and also signalled a welcome clean sheet, with Ipswich failing to get a shot on target in the entire 90 minutes.
We had much the better of the first half and were ahead in our first real attack on six minutes, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing sending a right-wing cross to the far post and Marvin Johnson half volleying back across goal and into the corner of the net.
Loan debutant Harlee Dean headed wide on 17 minutes from a Barry Bannan corner and Josh Windass sent a shapshot off target from the edge of the box soon afterwards.
With 37 minutes gone, Mendez-Laing missed a great chance to double the lead when Florian Kamberi laid the ball back to him but he scuffed his effort past the post from 12 yards out.
Kamberi created his own chance just before the break with his angled drive pushed away for a corner by keeper Christian Walton and Sam Hutchinson’s flicked effort from the resulting corner lacked power and was gathered by Walton.
At the other end, our only slight scare came when loanee Jordan Storey’s attempted looped clearance was held under his own crossbar by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
It was Wednesday who were soon creating the chances again after the interval, Barry Bannan’s reaction header going over the bar when a cross from Windass rebounded to him off keeper Walton and then Johnson missed an excellent opportunity for his second goal of the day, shooting wide from inside the box.
With 20 minutes remaining, Bannan produced the shot of the day after being set up by Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, his rasping long-ranger being tipped away for a corner by a flying save from Walton
Ipswich actually had 65 per cent possession in the game but lacked a cutting edge while Wednesday’s new defensive pair of Dean and Jordan Storey, alongside Hutchinson, gave a stronger look to our back line and we held firm to take another three points and preserve our record of just one league defeat at Hillsborough this season.
Peacock-Farrell, Storey, Dean, Hutchinson, Mendez-Laing (Palmer 63), Dele-Bashiru, Luongo, Bannan, Johnson (Hunt 84), Windass (John-Jules 72), Kamberi. Unused subs. Wildsmith, Byers, Paterson, Sow. Attendance: 23,517