Sunderland 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday – Match Report – SportsByte

Danny Rohl completed the great escape as Sheffield Wednesday won at the Stadium of Light on the final day of the Championship.

The Owls, who were rock bottom with just three points to their name when Rohl was appointed in October, were in the relegation zone from August 11 until April 21 and needed just a point at Sunderland to secure their ensure survival.

Wednesday opened the scoring in the 29th minute after a well-worked move was slotted home by Liam Palmer.

Rohl’s side doubled their lead 9 minutes later, Pol Valentin’s cross was well finished by Josh Windass.

Sunderland did very little to threaten the visitors, a performance that encapsulated the second half of their season in one.

Mike Dodds made two changes from the side that lost 1-0 at Watford, while Anthony Patterson and Chris Rigg made way for Nathan Bishop and Patrick Roberts.

Rohl stuck with the same 11 that beat West Brom 3-0 in their final home game of the season last weekend.

The Owls opened the scoring on 29 minutes when Barry Bannan slipped in Palmer who tucked his shot between Bishop and the near post to make it 0-1.

Sunderland’s best chance of the afternoon came when Jack Clarke received the ball in his marker and his curling shot bounced off James Beadle’s post in the 34th minute.

Windass gave his side some breathing room in the 38th minute when he forced his shot into the ground and past Bishop after a Valentin cut-back.

Wednesday all they had to do was maintain their lead, which they found quite comfortable as the Black Cats applied little to no pressure in the second half.

The full-time whistle brought an end to an extremely miserable season for Sunderland, but joy for the traveling fans who pulled off a modern miracle of staying awake after being in the relegation zone for 253 days.

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