Sunday Mirror

Wheeler stealer

- By RON LEWIS at Adams Park Sports · Wycombe Wanderers F.C. · High Wycombe · Championship · Sheffield Wednesday F.C. · Sheffield · Bolton Wanderers F.C. · Gareth Ainsworth · Joe Jacobson · Anthony Stewart · Garry Monk

DAVID WHEELER’S header deep into first-half stop­page time se­cured Wy­combe Wan­der­ers their first ever win in the Cham­pi­onship – even though their man­ager Gareth Ainsworth missed it.

Richard Dob­son deputised for Ainsworth, who had surgery on his back on Fri­day, af­ter suf­fer­ing a de­bil­i­tat­ing disc in­jury.

“Gaz is de­lighted,” Dob­son said. “I spoke to him af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle and he was very happy and I said to the boys to all drop him a text to tell them that win was for him.

“The boys were an­gry, we have had a lot of game-chang­ing de­ci­sions go against us and they feel it has been un­just. If peo­ple thought Wy­combe Wan­der­ers los­ing games was go­ing to dampen our spir­its, I think to­day showed some­thing else. We’re grow­ing as a team and are ex­cited by be­ing in the Cham­pi­onship.”

It took un­til the fi­nal touch of the first half for the home side to make their break­through, as Joe Ja­cob­son’s near-post cor­ner was met by the head of Wheeler (above) who flicked the ball over Joe Wild­smith and into the net.

The Owls threw ev­ery­thing at Wy­combe in the last 30 min­utes, but a fine rear­guard ef­fort by the home side’s de­fence, with the bril­liant An­thony Ste­wart at its heart, kept the chances to a min­i­mum. It was Wed­nes­day’s fourth suc­ces­sive de­feat, which leaves them in last place and still on mi­nus four points.

“We can’t find that killer edge,” said Owls boss Garry Monk.

All­sop 7; Grim­mer 7, Knight 6, Ste­wart 8, Ja­cob­son 6; Adeni­ran 6 (Bloom­field 55, 6); Wheeler 7 (Onyed­inma 71, 6), Hor­gan 6, Thomp­son 6; Kashket 6, Ak­in­fenwa 7 (Ik­peazu 71, 6). Un­used subs: Stock­dale, Tafa­zolli, Sa­muel, Mehmeti. SH­EFFIELD WED­NES­DAY: Wild­smith 7; Palmer 6, Iorfa 7, Borner 6; Har­ris 5 (Brown 60, 6), Pelu­pessy 5 (Kachunga 67, 6), Ban­nan 6, Reach 6; Win­dass 6; Mar­riott 5, (Rhodes 77), Pater­son 6. Un­used subs: Daw­son, Dele-Bashiru, Odubajo, Hunt.

MAN OF THE MATCH: An­thony Ste­wart. Heroic ef­fort in de­fence to se­cure his­toric win for Wy­combe.

REF­EREE: Keith Stroud 6.

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