Wednesday moved to within three points of leaders Plymouth, and with a game in hand, after a 1-0 win at Wycombe this afternoon.
A cracking first half long-ranger from Will Vaulks sealed the points in a hard-earned, rather than outstanding, performance which stretched our unbeaten league run to 14 league games and took us four points clear of third-placed Ipswich after their 1-1 draw with Plymouth.
The only blot on the day was seeing both George Byers and Reece James forced off near the end of each half and we await to see the seriousness of both injuries.
Wycombe started the game the livelier side and Cameron Dawson had to make an early save from ex-Owl loanee Lewis Wing in one of the few chances created by the home side during the 90 minutes.
They also looked dangerous from a couple of corners before Wednesday took the lead on 13 minutes in spectacular fashion, Will Vaulks picking up the ball some 30 yards from goal before unleashing a cracking shot into the top corner of the net past keeper Max Stryjek.
Then, just after the half-hour mark, we had a great chance to double the lead when Josh Windass found Callum Paterson unmarked at the far post but his close-range effort lacked power and direction, allowing Stryjek to save.
With the game entering added time in the first half, we suffered the first injury setback when George Byers went down in the middle of the pitch and had to be stretchered off after receiving lengthy treatment for what looked like a foot problem.
Wycombe were more energised early in the second half but still failed to pose any real threats and two more efforts came Wednesday’s way in quick succession, Jack Hunt sending Windass clear on 73 minutes but his shot was blocked for a corner by the keeper’s legs and the same player then set up Vaulks for a 20-yarder which was off target.
There was still time for that second long stoppage when Reece James went down in pain in our penalty area in the closing minutes of normal time and he was also stretchered off after more on-the-pitch treatment.
That was the signal for eight added minutes but Wednesday went close again through Windass and held out comfortably for another valuable victory, also pointing to a far superior goal difference compared to both Plymouth and Ipswich.
Dawson, Hunt, Palmer, Iorfa, Famewo, James (Johnson 88), Vaulks, Byers (Bakinson 45), Windass, Paterson, Smith (Gregory 67). Unused subs: Jackson, Adeniran, Dele-Bashiru, Wilks.