Managerless Sheffield Wednesday pulled off the shock of the night as they beat Championship leaders Leicester City.

Two goals from Connor Wickham gave Wednesday, who sacked Dave Jones on Sunday, their second win of the season.

The home side, led by Stuart Gray, were behind after just three minutes when Anthony Knockaert took advantage of poor defending to open the scoring.

Wickham levelled minutes later, smashing home from just inside the area before beating Kasper Schmeichel again.

Stuart Gray - expert caretaker

Sheffield Wednesday are the sixth club that Stuart Gray has been caretaker manager of.

He has been in temporary charge of Southampton, Aston Villa, Wolves, Burnley and Portsmouth.

Leicester remain top, despite suffering only their fourth defeat of the season.

And on a night when both Yeovil and Barnsley also won, three points were vital for Wednesday, who remain second bottom.

The main reason for Wednesday's problems this season stem from the fact they are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Championship and this was all too evident in the opening exchanges.

But they responded almost immediately after going a goal behind and Wickham showed the reason why Sunderland paid an initial fee of £8.1m to Ipswich for the striker in June 2011.

He collected the ball just inside the box and hit an unstoppable effort, into the bottom corner.

He had another good chance before he scored his and Wednesday's second of the night, from an almost identical position. This time though he opted for a teasing cross, which crept in at Schmeichel's left-hand post.

Damian Martinez, in the Wednesday goal, made an excellent save from David Nugent to keep his side ahead before the Foxes keeper saved again to stop Wickham from completing his hat-trick.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray: "We are disappointed for Dave. I am very grateful, honoured and pleased to take charge of the team tonight and that is all it was.

"The chairman has told me there are about 40 applications and I can understand why because it is a fantastic football club with a big fanbase and a huge stadium. You saw there tonight if the players give 100% commitment, the crowd get behind them.

"Any manager that is out of work, and in work, would be interested in this football club."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson added: "We got off to a good start and didn't back it up. I had to change the formation because of our inability to get back into shape quick enough.

"We conceded two poor goals from our own perspective, but they would probably argue they were two good finishes.

"We should have managed the ball better, but we gave them something to build on, hang on to. Although we enjoyed possession, we didn't really look as dangerous as we should have done."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 26 Martinez
  • 20 Lee
  • 19 Mattock Booked
  • 14 Coke (Semedo - 72' )
  • 08 Johnson
  • 36 Loovens (Llera - 89' )
  • 22 Palmer
  • 35 Olofinjana
  • 34 Nuhiu (Johnson - 82' )
  • 29 Wickham
  • 10 Maghoma

Substitutes

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 06 Semedo
  • 11 Johnson
  • 16 McCabe
  • 17 Helan
  • 27 McPhail
  • 32 Llera

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 05 Morgan
  • 23 Miquel
  • 24 Knockaert (Hammond - 45' )
  • 08 James
  • 35 Nugent (Wood - 68' )
  • 09 Vardy
  • 11 Dyer (Schlupp - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 10 King
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 18 Moore
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 25 Logan
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Mark Brown
Att: 20,016

Match Stats

Shots

11 16

On target

4 8

Corners

4 4

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +5:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +2:11

Attempt saved. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:44

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

90:00 +1:07

Hand ball by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

89:17

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:17

Foul by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

88:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Miguel Ángel Llera replaces Glenn Loovens.

86:04

Foul by Chris Wood (Leicester City).

86:04

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:57

Delay in match Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) because of an injury.

83:05

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

83:05

Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

80:13

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross.

79:48

Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

78:52

Hand ball by Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday).

77:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Lloyd Dyer.

77:18

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

77:09

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Mattock.

76:12

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

74:34

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

74:34

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:28

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

72:28

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:08

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:08

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

71:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josè Semedo replaces Giles Coke.

70:30

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

67:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces David Nugent.

67:28

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

67:28

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:58

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wes Morgan.

66:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

65:19

Delay in match Dean Hammond (Leicester City) because of an injury.

64:06

Attempt blocked. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

63:34

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

60:06

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ignasi Miquel.

59:26

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Roger Johnson tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

57:31

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

57:25

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Hammond.

54:26

Attempt missed. Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcin Wasilewski with a cross following a corner.

53:44

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

53:13

Dean Hammond (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:13

Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

51:08

Attempt missed. Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a cross following a set piece situation.

50:36

Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:36

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

50:03

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

50:03

Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:21

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

47:18

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 2, Leicester City 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Dean Hammond replaces Anthony Knockaert because of an injury.

45:00 +2:50 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Leicester City 1.

45:00 +1:33

Attempt saved. Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00 +0:03

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ignasi Miquel with a headed pass.

44:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

44:09 Booking

Booking Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:45

Delay in match Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) because of an injury.

43:30

Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

43:30

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:43

Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:37

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high from a direct free kick.

38:33

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:33

Foul by Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City).

36:42

Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.

36:31

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu tries a through ball, but Jacques Maghoma is caught offside.

34:22

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Seyi Olofinjana.

33:39

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Konchesky.

26:33

Attempt missed. Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a cross.

24:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Leicester City 1. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma following a corner.

23:28

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

23:27

Attempt blocked. Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

19:57

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Konchesky with a through ball.

16:58

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:58

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

15:06

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

15:04

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Giles Coke.

12:05

Offside, Leicester City. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.

10:34

Offside, Leicester City. Kasper Schmeichel tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

8:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Leicester City 1. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

7:16

Offside, Leicester City. Marcin Wasilewski tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

5:53

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

5:53

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:10

Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:10

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

2:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Leicester City 1. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Paul Konchesky following a set piece situation.

2:02

Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

2:02

David Nugent (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:19

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke tries a through ball, but Joe Mattock is caught offside.

1:00

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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