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Wolves go seven points clear with win at Sheff Wed | Match Report.

Wolves celebrate a second goal of the season for Ruben Neves

By James Law | BBC Sport

Ruben Neves' classy first-half finish helped Championship leaders Wolves edge past struggling Sheffield Wednesday to go seven points clear at the top.

The hosts' best chance came early on, Adam Reach slicing wide when well-placed, but they struggled to create.

Against the run of play, Neves, the Championship's most expensive player, stroked into the corner from 25 yards.

Neves denied Ross Wallace a tap-in as the Owls pressed but a late Morgan Fox red card allowed Wolves to see it out.


Defeat added pressure on Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal - who watched from the stands because of a touchline ban - with his side without a win in six.

Defender Fox, booked on the hour mark for a trip on Ivan Cavaleiro, was shown a second yellow after clipping Helder Costa and effectively ended the home side's hopes.

Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves, who have now won four successive away games without conceding a goal for the first time in the club's history, could have doubled their lead in the closing stages, with Romain Saiss heading wide and Cavaleiro firing off-target when Costa was in support.

However, they have reached the 50-point mark in just 22 games, the fastest since Wolves themselves did so in 2008-09 on their way to securing the title.

The Owls remain 15th but will drop a place if Norwich avoid defeat on Saturday, while they have now won just one of their past 19 home meetings with the Midlands side.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I think we deserved more than what we achieved. We played against a strong team but we made things difficult for them and they didn't create chances.

"The goal came from nothing but after that we played with quality but it's not easy to play against a team with five players at the back and with fast attackers, but we balanced the team well.

"We had two or three situations but we didn't score from them."
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