Strike pair seal hat-trick of victories

The in-form strike force of Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu were on the mark again to all but ensure our Championship survival in Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Sunderland.

This third successive victory lifts us to 16th place and, more importantly, takes us 13 points clear of the relegation zone with games running out.

After a goalless first-half, the game burst into life just before the hour-mark with two goals inside two minutes.

Joao steered us ahead from Nuhiu’s head down but Sunderland were back on level terms almost immediately when George Honeyman nodded home unmarked at the far post.

We were back in front on 68 minutes, Tom Lees converting Joey Pelupessy’s free kick from close range. However, the home side once again hit back, Lee Cattermole saw his long-range effort come back off a post and they then had claims for a penalty turned down after a tackle by Barry Bannan on Lynden Gooch.

Following this double scare, the Owls wrapped up the points 15 minutes from time, Joao was denied by Lee Camp but Nuhiu pounced to head home the loose ball.

Wildsmith; Venancio, Lees, Fox (Thorniley 8); Hunt, Pelupessy, Bannan (Jones 83), Reach, Boyd; Nuhiu, Joao (Forestieri 90). Unused substitutes: Dawson, Rhodes, Butterfield, Matias.

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