Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Wycombe Wanderers 0.
Sheffield Wednesday moved out of the Championship drop zone with victory over bottom side Wycombe Wanderers, who remain in deep relegation trouble.
Jordan Rhodes gave the hosts a first-half lead at a snowy Hillsborough with a fine cushioned header from Kadeem Harris' dinked cross.
Adebayo Akinfenwa, captaining Wycombe on his first start since 26 December, spurned their best chance of the game before the break when he headed straight at Keiren Westwood.
The Owls continued to create the better opportunities in the second half but their goal to make it 2-0 had a huge slice of fortune about it.
Harris' blocked shot fell to Adam Reach, whose 25-yard strike took a huge deflection off Anthony Stewart and wrongfooted Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.
Wycombe are still 12 points from safety having won one of their past 17 league matches, while Sheffield Wednesday's form under interim boss Neil Thompson continues to give them hope of survival.
Since Tony Pulis was sacked on 28 December, the Owls have won five of their seven Championship fixtures and are now out the relegation zone on goal difference, with Derby falling below them.
Reach's deflected second goal was harsh on Allsop who had kept Wycombe in the game up until then, saving efforts from Barry Bannan, Callum Paterson and Rhodes.
But Wanderers were limited to just two shots on target, one in each half, with Stewart's close-range strike adding to Akinfenwa's header.
Sheffield Wednesday interim manager Neil Thompson told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"First half I thought we were really good. We knew what to expect, we knew they would be direct and they are a handful, deal with Akinfenwa, deal with second balls.
"We knew that when we did get possession the areas we could exploit were the wide areas. That's why I went with two wing backs and they got forward and got the ball in the box.
"If you keep putting the ball in the box you're going to get an opportunity and we did that."
Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"Disappointing again. I thought we looked more aggressive but again we failed to really register anything on the opposition's goal.
"The boys are giving everything. It was tough, it was a tough pitch to play on, a difficult night, but again mistakes have cost us, especially for the second goal.
"I can point fingers at people and we will do behind closed doors."
- 7K Harris
- 10BannanSubstituted forPelupessyat 87'minutes
- 20RhodesSubstituted forKachungaat 81'minutes
- 6TafazolliBooked at 63mins
- 27ObitaBooked at 47mins
- 33MehmetiSubstituted forMuskweat 71'minutes
- 11KashketSubstituted forMcClearyat 71'minutes
- 20AkinfenwaSubstituted forIkpeazuat 62'minutes
- 17HorganSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 71'minutes
- Gavin Ward
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Wycombe Wanderers 0.
Cheyenne Dunkley (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers).
Foul by Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday).
Fred Onyedinma (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elias Kachunga.
Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Wycombe Wanderers).
Offside, Wycombe Wanderers. Uche Ikpeazu tries a through ball, but Admiral Muskwe is caught offside.
Foul by Elias Kachunga (Sheffield Wednesday).
Ryan Tafazolli (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Joey Pelupessy replaces Barry Bannan.
Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Sheffield Wednesday).
Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.
Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Elias Kachunga replaces Jordan Rhodes.
Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary.