Match Report & Highlights: Sheffield Wednesday 5 St Mirren 0

Vincent Sasso celebrates his goal with Marco Matias

Vincent Sasso celebrates his goal with Marco Matias

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Big striker Atdhe Nuhiu bagged a double as Sheffield Wednesday cruised to a 5-0 victory over St Mirren in their final pre-season friendly today.

Vincent Sasso, Lewis McGugan and Marnick Vermijl also got on the score-sheet in a much improved performance by the Owls, albeit against limited opposition.

The margin of the victory will give Wednesday confidence going into their Championship opener at home to Bristol City next Saturday.

Wednesday enjoyed the bulk of possession in the early stages at Hillsborough, with Alex Lopez shooting over from distance after a fine move.

Scottish Championship outfit St Mirren travelled south looking to keep things tight and make things hard for the Owls.

But Sasso almost broke the deadlock after five minutes but the French defender, on a season long-loan deal from Braga, glanced McGugan's near post corner inches wide.

Owls Atdhe Nuhiu heads home second goal

Owls Atdhe Nuhiu heads home second goal

St Mirren tried manfully to keep out the hosts.

However, Wednesday were not to be denied and took the lead in the 21st minute, Sasso prodding home following a goalmouth scramble after a great set piece by Wallace.

Nuhiu doubled their advantage on the half hour mark, powering in Wallace's delightful centre to claim his second goal in as many matches.

It was all the Owls and Nuhiu sent a looping header over the top after more good work on the right flank by Wallace.

Wednesday deservedly bagged a third in the 40th minute when midfielder McGugan curled a lovely free-kick past Mark Ridgers.

Things could have got even worse for St Mirren moments later but Nuhiu's header from Jack Hunt's cross struck the post.

Nuhiu added a fourth in the 50th minute, firing home at the second time of asking from an acute angle after a lovely build-up involving Marco Matias and substitute Liam Palmer. The big striker, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Wednesday, was given a big round of applause when he replaced by new signing Lucas Joao.

With their tails up, Wednesday continued to pour forward in numbers and McGugan dragged a shot narrowly wide before shooting tamely at Ridgers.

Scotland international Stevie May looked lively after coming as a substitute and blazed a free kick over after more good attacking play by Carlos Carvalhal's squad.

Most of Wednesday's threat came from the right flank and Joao nearly pounced following a run and teasing cross by Caolan Lavery.

With seven minutes remaining, Vermijl rifled a right foot shot past Dan Wilks to compound St Mirren's misery.

Wednesday: Westwood (Wildsmith 61); Hunt (Palmer HT), Lees (De Havilland 80), Sasso (Lachman 68), Helan (Vermijl 73); Hutchinson (Semedo 65), Lopez (Bus 73); Matias (May 65), McGugan (Lee 65), Wallace (Lavery HT); Nuhiu (Joao 50). Substitutes: Dawson, Croasdale, Meadows.

St Mirren: Ridgers (Wilks 75); Naismith (Cuddihy 60), Baird, Conlan (Stewart 53), Kelly (Barrowman 60); McMullan (Mallan 64), Howieson (Thompson HT), Goodwin, Morgan, Carswell (Agnew 64), McLear (Gow 64).

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