Ross Stewart’s goal gave Sunderland a narrow win over Sheffield Wednesday in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final.
Stewart robbed Sam Hutchinson and kept his cool to score the key goal just before half-time, poking the ball in from a tight angle on the rebound.
Alex Pritchard came closest to adding to the lead, when his curling effort smacked the Wednesday crossbar.
The Owls made the hosts work in the final 20 minutes, but could not score.
Stewart dragged a shot wide with just a minute to go, having almost capitalised on an error by visiting keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Wednesday will be at home for the second leg, which takes place on Monday, with kick-off at 19:45 BST.
Wycombe, who are 2-0 up over MK Dons in the other semi, play their second leg at Stadium:MK on Sunday.
More to follow.
- 13O’NienBooked at 63mins
- 25ClarkeSubstituted forDoyleat 90+3′minutes
- 77RobertsSubstituted forEmbletonat 81′minutes
- 21PritchardSubstituted forMateteat 80′minutes
- 14ByersSubstituted forDele-Bashiruat 88′minutes
- 21LuongoBooked at 52mins
- 24BerahinoSubstituted forWindassat 56′minutes
Match ends, Sunderland 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
Corry Evans (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).
Substitution, Sunderland. Callum Doyle replaces Jack Clarke.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Danny Batth.
Attempt blocked. Josh Windass (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.
Foul by Luke O’Nien (Sunderland).
Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ross Stewart (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Fisayo Dele-Bashiru replaces George Byers.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Harlee Dean.
Attempt blocked. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Johnson with a cross.
Substitution, Sunderland. Elliot Embleton replaces Patrick Roberts.
Substitution, Sunderland. Jay Matete replaces Alex Pritchard.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marvin Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Massimo Luongo with a cross.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ross Stewart.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lynden Gooch.