first_imgShare on Facebook Championship Share via Email Sheffield Wednesday Wolverhampton Wanderers Share on WhatsApp Impressive Wolverhampton Wanderers extended their lead at the top of the Championship to seven points thanks to a classy first-half strike from Rúben Neves.Sheffield Wednesday, who are now without a win in their last six outings, never looked likely to derail Wolves’ title ambitions and their task was made even harder when Morgan Fox was sent off late on after receiving his second yellow card.“I thought it was a deserved win but it was tough,” said the Wolves manager, Nuno Santo. “When you don’t control the game you have to stick together and defend well. It was a good [goal] from Rúben, but there were moments when we should have done better in the last third.”Wolves made the brighter start, with Ivan Cavaleiro shooting wide following Diogo Jota’s burst forward. Léo Bonatini then looked to create an opening, producing some trickery on the right-hand side of the area before seeing his cross deflected into the grateful arms of the keeper Joe Wildsmith.Wednesday’s first chance fell to Adam Reach, who spurned a great opportunity following a Jordan Rhodes knock-down, firing well wide from inside the area. John Ruddy, the Wolves keeper, was then forced to make a good save, getting down to his right to keep out a header from Joost van Aken.However, the match was illuminated in the 34th minute as Wolves offered a glimpse of the talent among their pack. A free-kick from Cavaleiro was headed out but only as far as Neves, who placed a 20-yard shot inside Wildsmith’s left-hand post with the minimum of fuss.Looking to make a positive start to the second half, Wednesday were on the attack soon after the restart with Liam Palmer screwing a shot wide from the edge of the D. Wolves responded with Bonatini causing problems once again on the right-hand side and Van Aken had to be at full stretch to divert the ball for a corner.Romain Saïss then put a glancing header wide from Cavaleiro’s free-kick. Bonatini slipped inside the area after receiving the ball from Matt Doherty but then regained his footing and put a low shot wide.The Wednesday manager, Carlos Carvalhal – serving a one-match ban after his dismissal in the recent match with Hull – saw his side make a double substitution, sending on strikers Lucas João and Atdhe Nuhiu in place of Rhodes and Jacob Butterfield. João had a good chance just a minute later, putting a close-range header over after meeting Palmer’s cross. After that, the hosts never threatened to mount a comeback and they had Fox sent off five minutes from time.“We played some good football but we must achieve more,” said Carvalhal, whose side are in 15th place. He praised the team for playing “with quality and with heart” but added: “We must be more of a threat.” Topicscenter_img Share on Messenger match reports Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img