Caolan Lavery scored twice as Sheffield Wednesday clinched a convincing win over Birmingham.

The Owls took the lead when Lavery converted Kieran Lee's cross, then three minutes later Leon Best tapped in their second from a corner.

Will Packwood diverted a Jeremy Helan cross into his own net to make it 3-0, before Chris Maguire teed up Lavery to curl home his second.

Lee Novak prodded in a late consolation for the visitors.

But Wednesday's win was never in doubt and, after taking only one point from their last four games, Birmingham remain perched precariously above the Championship relegation zone.

The home side dominated from the start and Sam Hutchinson and Maguire both went close before Lavery broke the deadlock after 17 minutes.

Things quickly got worse for Lee Clark's side when Best made it 2-0 after Maguire flicked on Lee's corner.

After half-time, Packwood's own goal put the points beyond Birmingham, and the impressive Maguire set up Lavery for Wednesday's fourth goal.

Birmingham had been limited to long-range efforts from Emyr Huws until 10 minutes from time, when Novak converted Chris Burke's cross.

Wednesday boss Stuart Gray:

Post-match: Owls boss Gray

"I said to the players before they went out that they needed to get their tackles in, crosses in, shots in, and that's exactly what they did.

"I don't think Birmingham threatened all game. They got one back, which was a little disappointing, but I just wish it could have been 4-0 for the sake of the players."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

Post-match: Birmingham boss Clark

"I've got no complaints about the result because I thought Stuart's side were excellent, whereas we were just disappointing.

"I'm disappointed, frustrated, and worried. There are so many adjectives to describe how I'm feeling, but all in all I think that our efforts from Wednesday night [a 3-3 draw with Burnley] just took its toll on us.

"I'm nervous as it is because we are too close to the drop for my liking. It's not that bad at this moment in time but we just need to look after ourselves a little better."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 26 Martinez
  • 02 Buxton
  • 17 Helan
  • 20 Lee
  • 08 Onyewu
  • 36 Loovens (Llera - 76' )
  • 18 Maguire (Afobe - 69' )
  • 41 Hutchinson
  • 34 Nuhiu
  • 42 Best
  • 25 Lavery Booked (Johnson - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 12 Prutton
  • 13 Davies
  • 14 Coke
  • 22 Palmer
  • 28 Afobe
  • 32 Llera

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 23 Spector Booked
  • 37 Blackett (Caddis - 24' )
  • 36 Huws
  • 14 Packwood
  • 04 Robinson (Martin - 45' )
  • 07 Burke
  • 20 Lee (Macheda - 58' )
  • 12 Novak
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 22 Shinnie

Substitutes

  • 06 Martin
  • 08 Ibe
  • 09 Macheda
  • 13 Doyle
  • 19 Zigic
  • 31 Caddis
  • 35 Rusnák
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 20,637

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

5 2

Corners

4 1

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 4, Birmingham City 1.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 4, Birmingham City 1.

90:00 +1:46

Attempt blocked. Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

90:00 +0:27

Hand ball by Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday).

88:59

Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:59

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

87:36

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

87:36

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:17

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:17

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

83:16

Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:16

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

82:14

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:14

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

80:59

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

80:59

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:47

Attempt blocked. Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Caolan Lavery.

79:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 4, Birmingham City 1. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

78:28

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

78:28

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:01

Delay in match Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

75:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Miguel Ángel Llera replaces Glenn Loovens because of an injury.

72:11

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:11

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

71:15

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson.

70:11

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Kieran Lee tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

68:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Benik Afobe replaces Chris Maguire.

67:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 4, Birmingham City 0. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire following a corner.

67:05

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andrew Shinnie.

66:02

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

66:02

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:46 Booking

Booking Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:36

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:36

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

62:19

Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

61:39

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

61:39

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

58:56

Delay in match Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

57:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Federico Macheda replaces Oliver Lee.

57:19 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Will Packwood, Birmingham City. Sheffield Wednesday 3, Birmingham City 0.

56:02

Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:25

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

55:25

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:10

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross following a set piece situation.

53:31

Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:31

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

51:20

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jeremy Helan following a set piece situation.

50:49

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:49

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

49:16

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

49:16

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

48:17

Attempt missed. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Lee.

46:51

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

46:51

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 2, Birmingham City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Aaron Martin replaces Paul Robinson.

45:00 +3:33 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Birmingham City 0.

45:00 +2:24

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:24

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

45:00 +0:35

Will Packwood (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:35

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

44:49

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:49

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

43:46

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

43:46

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:53

Delay in match Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

40:34

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

40:34

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:58

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:30

Delay in match Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

34:35

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Kieran Lee.

33:49

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) header from a difficult angle and long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Oliver Lee with a cross.

33:27

Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Spector.

32:45

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:45

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

29:26

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andrew Shinnie.

28:58

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andrew Shinnie.

28:55

Attempt blocked. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:19

Attempt blocked. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie with a through ball.

25:41

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

25:41

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

23:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Paul Caddis replaces Tyler Blackett.

20:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Birmingham City 0. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

20:49

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

20:14

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andrew Shinnie.

18:44

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:44

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

16:44 Booking

Booking Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

15:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Birmingham City 0. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

14:11

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

13:28

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

13:28

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:24

Attempt blocked. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Burke.

7:34

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

7:34

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:59

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:59

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

1:23

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Spector with a cross.

0:15

Attempt missed. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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