Bristol City’s fading Championship play-off hopes had been dealt one other blow as Sheffield Wednesday recorded a deserved victory at Ashton Gate.
Connor Wickham headed the Owls in front after 13 minutes, directing Jacob Murphy’s shut to-put up nook previous goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa when totally unmarked.
Wednesday doubled their serve from one other problem-fragment on the hour observe, with Massimo Luongo this time hooking a shot in from shut range.
The hosts, who rarely ever threatened after Nathan Baker had been denied by an even point-smooth save from Joe Wildsmith early within the sport, did gash serve the deficit through Nahki Wells’ header.
However, regardless of getting 22 minutes to fetch an equaliser, the Owls had been delighted in seeing the sport out to initiating up a 10-point hole on the bottom three.
Bristol City, meanwhile, are 5 factors off the tip six having misplaced both video games for the explanation that season resumed on Saturday, 20 June.
This defeat additionally extended their winless crawl to seven matches, with the seven adjustments made by head coach Lee Johnson for the seek suggestion from of Wednesday acting to accept as true with runt affect on both the performance and result.
The one sparkling suppose for Johnson used to be the return of on-loan Stoke City striker Benik Afobe, who started for the first time since August following a severe knee harm.
The 27-year-outdated college frail Wolves forward lasted 63 minutes on his return and showed some good touches, but at instances additionally gash a aggravated figure having been asked to play out wide.
Play-offs now beyond Bristol City?
When the 2 teams met at Hillsborough in December – a sport Wednesday additionally won – each and each aspect looked primed for a severe play-off space, that victory lifting the Owls up to third.
However they’ve each and each ragged badly since then and the final result at Ashton Gate leaves them in 12th and 13th, with a mid-desk cease now taking a scrutinize the in all likelihood final result.
City accept as true with misplaced six of their previous nine matches, failing to assign a tidy sheet in that time and additionally struggling for creativity.
Despite now having Wells, Afobe and top goalscorer Famara Diedhiou to name upon, it used to be the guests who looked the extra poor all the plan in which through.
Recalled keeper Maenpaa twice needed to fracture correct saves after the damage, alongside with a finest one-handed discontinue to drawl Murphy, while Wickham dragged an effort wide when he must accept as true with made it 3-0.
If the Robins are to muster an awesome monotonous price for the play-offs they’ll practically indubitably want to assign their subsequent two video games – towards fellow top-six hopefuls Nottingham Woodland and Cardiff City.