Reading claimed all three points in a crucial 2-0 win over the Owls on Friday night, meaning the Owls remain sixth in the Championship.
Yann Kermorgant opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute, finishing well after receiving the ball from John Swift. The Royals then wrapped up the game in ninety-fifth minute after Adrian Popa rolled the ball into an empty net after Keiren Westwood went up for the corner.
The result meant that a point for Fulham would see Wednesday drop out the play-off places but fortunately the Cottagers lost 3-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Owls registered nine shots on target in the match, but Reading’s goalkeeper, Ali Al-Habsi had a wonderful game denying the Owls on countless occasions.
The referee, Geoff Eltringham, caused controversy as Joey van den Berg committed five fouls during the course of the match but wasn’t booked. A bad foul by Tyler Blackett in the twenty fourth minute led to cries for a red card from the Wednesday fans and players but only a yellow was shown.
Despite this, it was undeniably a poor performance from Wednesday and Reading dominated the first half, deservedly leading at the break. The Owls put a lot of pressure on in the second half but could not find an equalising goal.
Wednesday are now five points off fifth and just one point ahead of seventh. Next up for Wednesday, a trip to South Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley where the Owls will surely have to pick up all three points.
Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: “I think all of us will agree that we did everything to win the game. We gave the maximum and we deserved to win the game, in my opinion.
“My players played with a fantastic attitude and they created a lot of chances. The highlights will explain the story of the game very easily.
“It was a very hard week for me – probably one of the hardest for me in my career as a coach – because we missed some players.
“This is not over yet. We’re still alive and we’ll be focused in the last eight games to achieve the points which will achieve a good position.”
Reading manager Jaap Stam: “It’s been a fight and I’m very proud of my team. In these games it’s going to be very tight, especially away from home and we knew it was going to be very hard.
“We also knew what we could do to make it hard for them. We scored a very good early goal and they gave us time to play. They had their chances as well, which is normal.
“Part of our game plan was to keep the ball and make them impatient. We succeeded in doing that. We defended, kept it very tight and didn’t give them a lot of space to play.
“We’re very realistic in what we can achieve. We’re up there and we’re going to give it a shot so hopefully we can stay up there.”
Man of the Match: Ali Al-Habsi – the Reading goalie put in a series of amazing saves and won the match for his team.
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Lees, Loovens (Nuhiu 89′) Fox, Buckley, Jones (McManaman 60′) Bannan, Reach, Rhodes, Winnall (Fletcher 78′).
Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Moore, Blackett, Obita, Williams, van den Berg, Beerens (Grabban 62′) Swift (Oxford 90+4′) McCleary (Popa 87′) Kermorgant.
Referee: Geoff Eltrignham.