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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Wigan Athletic: Massimo Luongo earns Owls win over Wigan

Massimo Luongo
Massimo Luongo scored for the first time since his summer move from Queens Park Rangers

Massimo Luongo's second-half goal was enough for Sheffield Wednesday to beat Wigan Athletic in the Championship.

Luongo brought a flat game to life with his 57th-minute strike as he guided home Adam Reach's pull-back from 15 yards out.

Wigan almost levelled 10 minutes later when Kieffer Moore's header was tipped onto the crossbar by Keiren Westwood.

Wednesday could have made the game safe with 16 minutes to go, but Steven Fletcher's close range finish was ruled out for offside after David Marshall had kept out Reach's volley.

The win was Wednesday's third in five league games since Garry Monk took over as manager a month ago and moved them up to eighth in the Championship, a point off the play-off places, while Wigan stay 19th in the table.

The Owls had Westwood to thank for a great double save after 15 minutes as he first foiled Gavin Massey and then Jamal Lowe before Massey followed up the latter's effort with a shot just wide of the post.

Barry Bannan had Wednesday's best effort before the break as the former Scotland midfielder hit the post with a curling left-footed shot from the edge of the box after 39 minutes.

And they had the better chances following the interval as Fletcher and Bannan both went close after Australia international Luongo's first goal for the club.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Obviously, overall the most important bit was to make sure we went into the international break with a win. We deserved those three points today.

"I thought, structurally we dealt with (the game) really well. The defenders (were) much more assertive in the second half, in terms of winning headers, our tackles and our clearances.

"We controlled the game enough to give us that lead and we did well and saw the game out. The most important bit is another three points and a clean sheet going into the international break."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook:

"I didn't think it was a great game, if I'm being truthful. There were very few clear-cut chances. As an away team, did we deserve a point? I felt we did, but unfortunately goals change games.

"The league is what it is and every game is tough. It's demanding and the margins between winning and losing can be quite fine sometimes.

"There are plenty of teams in the division who expect to get out of the division and are below us in the league, so I think you've got to manage your own expectations sometimes."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 22OdubajoBooked at 40mins
  • 27Iorfa
  • 13Börner
  • 2Palmer
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 20ReachSubstituted forMurphyat 80'minutes
  • 21LuongoSubstituted forLeeat 75'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 7K Harris
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forNuhiuat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fox
  • 5Lee
  • 11Winnall
  • 12Thorniley
  • 14Murphy
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 25Dawson

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Byrne
  • 22Dunkley
  • 16Mulgrew
  • 3Robinson
  • 20Williams
  • 5MorsyBooked at 62mins
  • 11MasseySubstituted forPilkingtonat 64'minutes
  • 10Windass
  • 9LoweSubstituted forGelhardtat 78'minutes
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forMooreat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 7Pilkington
  • 8Evans
  • 19Moore
  • 23Jones
  • 33Naismith
  • 38Gelhardt
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
22,753

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Julian Börner tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Steven Fletcher.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacob Murphy replaces Adam Reach.

Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Gelhardt replaces Jamal Lowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Kieran Lee replaces Massimo Luongo.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Adam Reach tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Anthony Pilkington tries a through ball, but Josh Windass is caught offside.

Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt saved. Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Sam Morsy tries a through ball, but Josh Windass is caught offside.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kieffer Moore replaces Joe Garner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Anthony Pilkington replaces Gavin Massey.

Booking

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Massimo Luongo tries a through ball, but Adam Reach is caught offside.

Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Julian Börner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Steven Fletcher.

Foul by Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday).

Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

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