Wednesday blow Boro away in first half

Last updated : 28 September 2019 By Chris Morris
Monk leads Owls to victory against former club
 
Sheffield Wednesday made it 7 points from 3 games under new manager Garry Monk with an emphatic win at Middlesbrough.
 
The Owls were helped on their way early on when Adam Clayton flicked a header into his own net from a Barry Bannan corner. It got better for the visitors as they doubled their lead inside the first 10 minutes when another Bannan set-piece was met by Iorfa and his powerful header gave Boro golakeeper Randolph no chance.
 
The home side gave themselves a lifeline when a corner fell nicely for McNair and he drove a well hit strike beyond Westwood on 20 minutes. 
 
The setback didn't stop the Owls from continuing to try and get forward though and within 5 minutes they restored their 2-goal lead. Nuhiu fed a short pass into the path of Reach and and the former Middlesbrough midfielder advanced into the penalty area and hit a cracking left-foot drive into the bottom corner.
 
Wednesday were relentless and went 4-1 up just after the half-hour when a curling cross from Reach was met by Fletcher at the back post to score with a downward header. The home side looked stunned and Wednesday produced another slick move which resulted in Reach firing over the bar.
 
Boro could have given themselves hope in the early stages of the 2nd half, Asssombalonga miss-hit a shit wide from close range and then went past Westwood only to fire into the side netting when he should have found the target. 
 
At the other end Odubajo was denied by a smart save from Randolph who also denied Sam Winnall late on.
 
It was a thoroughly effective and impressive display from the Owls who are now within 3 points of the top spot in the Championship. They travel to Hull City on Tuesday evening.