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Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Birmingham City

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri is Sheffield Wednesday's top scorer so far this season with 10 goals

Fernando Forestieri's double helped Sheffield Wednesday ease to victory over Birmingham at Hillsborough.

The 25-year-old's toe-poke gave the Owls the lead early in the first half following a scramble in the box.

Kieran Lee doubled the hosts' lead two minutes later, drilling the ball low past Birmingham keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Forestieri wrapped up all three points with a thumping right-foot shot in the second half, as the visitors managed just two shots on target.

Wednesday dominated the early passages of play and Jack Hunt's cross from the right caused chaos in the Birmingham box before Forestieri took advantage.

The visitors were unlucky to fall two goals behind almost immediately after as the ball ricocheted off a City player and into Lee's path, allowing the midfielder time and space to find the back of the net.

Having failed to register a single shot on target in the first half, Blues fell further behind just three minutes after the break as forward Forestieri scored his second, carrying the ball from his own half before cutting inside and firing past Kuszczak.

It was a second consecutive win for Sheffield Wednesday, but for Birmingham it was a sixth defeat in 11 matches.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal: "We waited for our moment to start opening spaces and when we did we scored one then a second.

"At half-time we corrected a few things and more importantly, I said that we need to show Birmingham that we want the third goal.

"Fernando got the third goal and after that everything was in our players' control."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "They've got some really good individual players who can hurt you on any given day, but until the first goal I thought there wasn't a great deal in the game.

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Rowett on Sheff Wed v Birmingham

"They got the opening goal and it was a very poor goal from our point of view, but I've seen the replay and you can quite clearly see there's a foul from Atdhe Nuhiu and then the ball comes off Forestieri's hand.

"As we see in this division, if one or two things go against you it can be a mountain to climb."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 32Hunt
  • 4HutchinsonSubstituted forWigginsat 81'minutes
  • 5Loovens
  • 36Pudil
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forHelanat 66'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 41Bannan
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forMcGuganat 72'minutes
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 14Hooper

Substitutes

  • 6Semedo
  • 10McGugan
  • 16Wiggins
  • 17Helan
  • 18Lucas João
  • 24Sougou
  • 34Price

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31CaddisBooked at 83mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 26Davis
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 43mins
  • 20ToralSubstituted forShinnieat 77'minutes
  • 7GraySubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 71'minutes
  • 15VaughanSubstituted forDonaldsonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 9Donaldson
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 22Shinnie
  • 44Brock-Madsen
  • 45Halford
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
28,523

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Birmingham City 0.

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Wildsmith.

Attempt saved. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Booking

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Caddis (Birmingham City).

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Rhoys Wiggins replaces Sam Hutchinson.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

Attempt saved. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Andrew Shinnie replaces Jon-Miquel Toral.

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

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lewis McGugan replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Clayton Donaldson replaces James Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Demarai Gray.

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Ross Wallace.

Attempt missed. Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby23138235132247
2Middlesbrough22144433122146
3Hull23135534161844
4Brighton23111113123844
5Burnley2310853023738
6Ipswich2310763330337
7Sheff Wed239953527836
8Cardiff238962825333
9Brentford239683432233
10Birmingham239682726133
11Reading238692826230
12QPR237882830-229
13Leeds227872224-229
14Blackburn2261062219328
15Nottm Forest227782221128
16Wolves237792932-328
17Preston2351081821-325
18Fulham235993641-524
19Huddersfield2366112735-824
20MK Dons2364132031-1122
21Rotherham2363142838-1021
22Bristol City2349102239-1721
23Charlton2347122039-1919
24Bolton23111111837-1914
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