Another poor performance from Sunderland saw there players booed off as they fell to a 3-0 away defeat at the Hillsborough stadium.
First half goals from 19 year-old Theodor Corbeanu and Florian Kamberi put Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at the half time interval.
Lee Gregory followed up eight minutes after the break, with his sixth goal of the season.
It was the third away game in the space of a month that Lee Johnson’s side have conceded three or more goals, following a 4-0 defeat at Portsmouth and 5-1 defeat at Rotherham in recent weeks.
Third consecutive defeat sees the Black Cats fall to fifth in the league, and six points off league leaders Wigan Athletic.
Sheffield Wednesday are now unbeaten in their last six games, now sitting in 8th in the league, three points behind Sunderland.
The home side had complete control at the start of the game and were rewarded as Theodor Corbeanu slotted the ball past SAFC keeper Thorben Hoffmann into the far post in the 11th minute.
Sunderland did push for an equaliser, but Dan Neil saw his effort disallowed for offside after Ross Stewart’s shot deflected into Neil’s path.
Five minutes later, in the 39th minute Kamberi put the home side two goals up as he scrambled the ball over the line from yards out.
Boos rang out of the away end as the teams went in at half-time.
Unfortunately for the Mackems, this didn’t spark a reaction as in the 53rd minute Lee Gregory smashed Wednesday three goals ahead and out of site.
Speaking at the end of the game, Sunderland manager , Lee Johnson said: “Our eyes are still on the prize, nothing has changed.”
Johnson also added: “The performance was an improvement, but we must be stronger and more physical.”
Sunderland now face Mansfield in the FA Cup first round on Saturday and have 18 days now until their next league game at home to Ipswich Town.