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Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Ipswich Town: Lucas Joao double gives Owls victory

Lucas Joao of Sheffield Wednesday
Lucas Joao's two goals both came from set-pieces

Portuguese striker Lucas Joao scored twice as Sheffield Wednesday beat 10-man Ipswich Town at Hillsborough.

Joao headed Jos Luhukay's Owls in front early on from a Barry Bannan corner and it could have been two had Jordan Thorniley not put his effort wide minutes later.

Toto Nsiala had brought Paul Hurst's winless Tractor Boys level before the break before the Congolese defender was shown a straight red for a bad foul on Fernando Forestieri.

And Joao, who signed a new deal in midweek, was on hand to score Wednesday's winner after his initial effort from a Bannan free-kick hit the post.

Victory completes a positive week for the South Yorkshire club, who beat Millwall on Wednesday - also at Hillsborough.

Luhukay's side, who failed to win any of their opening three league games, go up to 13th in the league table.

However, the result means Ipswich - now bottom of the Championship - continued a worrying trend of having failed to win any of their last 18 league games when conceding the first goal.

And perhaps of greater concern for manager Hurst, who joined from Shrewsbury Town in the summer, eight of the past 10 league goals conceded by his side have been scored from set-pieces.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay:

"When you win two games in a week at home it is fantastic for the fans. It was a very difficult game, we had to keep fighting and at the end we are pleased with the result.

"We were limited on chances but we took our goals at important times, we had a good feeling from today. It is important for the confidence.

"We are very happy with Lucas [Joao], we know his qualities and he is very important for us. We were happy to have him back available today."

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst:

"Toto [Nsiala] has won the ball. I'm not sure what he's meant to do in that situation and the lad has kicked him. It's really, really frustrating. I think we will appeal.

"Too many times we were in good positions and didn't make the most of them.

"It's a test for everyone. We've got a massive game coming up [against Norwich City] which isn't lost on me. We have to stay mentally strong."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 12Thorniley
  • 42Penney
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 10BannanBooked at 43mins
  • 19MatiasSubstituted forForestieriat 73'minutes
  • 20Reach
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forFletcherat 79'minutes
  • 17NuhiuBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 9Fletcher
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 24Baker
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 31Kirby
  • 45Forestieri

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 2Donacien
  • 22NsialaBooked at 75mins
  • 4Chambers
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 70mins
  • 6Chalobah
  • 7Edwards
  • 25EdunSubstituted forDownesat 78'minutes
  • 11Nolan
  • 10HarrisonBooked at 14minsSubstituted forSearsat 85'minutes
  • 9Jackson

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 12Spence
  • 18Ward
  • 19Roberts
  • 20Sears
  • 21Downes
  • 30Kenlock
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
22,499

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Ipswich Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Ipswich Town 1.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Janoi Donacien (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jon Nolan (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Joey Pelupessy tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan following a set piece situation.

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Freddie Sears replaces Ellis Harrison because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ellis Harrison (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Foul by Matt Penney (Sheffield Wednesday).

Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Thorniley (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Steven Fletcher replaces Lucas João.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Flynn Downes replaces Tayo Edun.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Ipswich Town 1. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Trevoh Chalobah.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Aristote Nsiala (Ipswich Town) is shown the red card.

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Ipswich Town).

Matt Penney (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Fernando Forestieri replaces Marco Matias.

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Penney.

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joey Pelupessy with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough541092713
3Bolton531166010
4Aston Villa523010739
5Blackburn52306429
6Derby53028719
7Sheff Utd53028719
8Brentford522110558
9Bristol City52217528
10Swansea52215418
11West Brom521213857
12Wigan521210827
13Nottm Forest51407617
14Sheff Wed521278-17
15Millwall41215505
16Stoke512269-35
17Norwich5113811-34
18Hull511359-44
19Preston511337-44
20Birmingham503246-23
21Rotherham4103410-63
22QPR5104313-103
23Reading502347-32
24Ipswich502348-42
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