Martyn Waghorn at the double as Ipswich beat Sheffield Wednesday

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 by PA

Martyn Waghorn at the double as Ipswich beat Sheffield Wednesday

Martyn Waghorn scored both goals for Ipswich as they won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, who have now lost their last five matches.

Waghorn put Ipswich in front early in the second half before Lucas Joao, who had joined the action at the start of the second half, scored an impressive equaliser.

Waghorn’s superb free-kick late on sealed victory for Mick McCarthy’s men.

Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay made six changes to his starting line-up following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Bristol City.

It was a very quiet opening with neither side posing a serious attacking threat early on.

Ipswich’s Mustapha Carayol and Jonas Knudsen combined on the left wing with the latter sending over a cross to the far post which forced keeper Joe Wildsmith to punch the ball clear.

Carayol was involved again when he laid the ball off to Waghorn, who shot wide.

Wednesday’s Jacob Butterfield touched a free-kick to Adam Reach whose effort from distance went well wide.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy was forced to make a change in the 25th minute when Carayol went off injured with Freddie Sears taking his place.

Wednesday’s Atdhe Nuhiu was denied by keeper Bartosz Bialkowski who made a stunning reflex save to keep out the striker’s close-range volley.

When Waghorn threatened at the other end, he failed to make proper contact and Wildsmith gathered the ball comfortably.

Knudsen tried an effort from distance which was deflected wide.

The resulting corner was only half cleared and the ball fell to Cameron Carter-Vickers whose well-struck drive flashed just wide of Wildsmith’s left-hand post.

Ipswich were then caught on the break with Butterfield playing the ball through to Nuhiu who saw his shot from inside the area deflected off-target.

Waghorn struck in the 51st minute, firing in from close range after a Sears cross was headed back across the face of goal by Callum Connolly.

Wildsmith made a superb save to prevent the hosts going further behind, turning a header from Sears over the bar.

Wednesday had a penalty appeal turned down after Joao went down in the area following a challenge from Carter-Vickers.

Sears threatened to find a way through when a back-pass was under-hit, but Wildsmith did well to force the striker wide and the chance was gone.

Nuhiu shot wide before Joao (69) equalised with a fine solo effort, producing some neat skill to hold off a couple of defenders as he advanced into the area before slotting the ball past Bialkowski.

Bialkowski then had to be alert to beat Joao to the ball, making an important clearance.

Waghorn scored the winner in the 83rd minute, curling a free-kick from just outside the right-hand side of the area into the far corner of the net.


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