It was to be 2 unbeaten South Yorkshire Derbies after the 1-1 draw to Barnsley and Steven Fletcher’s first half brace gave Wednesday a 2-0 victory over Rotherham. With Rotherham already relegated from the weekend’s result against Fulham, it was always going to be a nervy clash with all the pressure on the Owls to see if they could jump back into sixth place if Fulham lost to Derby.
The striker chased a lost cause down the right flank near the byline and back-heeled into the path of Jon Taylor, who curled just wide.
But the Owls hit straight back, going one better and taking the lead on 19 minutes.
The game evened back out until a pivotal moment three minutes before half time that ultimately helped send the points Wednesday’s way.
Rotherham skipper Danny Ward delivered a super cross into the danger zone but the advancing Morris headed tamely into the arms of Keiren Westwood from close range.
And the hosts were made to pay for that miss as the Owls doubled their lead a minute before the break.
Jack Hunt took a ball from Barry Bannan into his stride and sent a teasing cross to the back post, where Fletcher climbed high to head fiercely beyond Price.
The Millers responded with a mini purple patch and Wood just failed to connect on a Will Vaulks corner.
Fletcher headed into the midriff of Price from a Bannan cross at the other end but the Scottish international’s work was done and the Owls welcome Newcastle to Hillsborough on Saturday back in that coveted top six.
Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal said: “I think last season this is a game we might not have won, but we have learnt.
“We only depend on us. We must win our games. We won today and we are sixth with six games to go. Our fans will be very important.
“It was not fantastic, but two derbies, back-to-back, away from home, and it is four points to us.”
Rotherham manager Paul Warne said: “I have been told there is a board meeting and I am told they are going to come to a conclusion over the direction of the club, and I would presume that will include the manager of the club.
“If the chairman rings me up in the morning and asks me to be manager I will be very proud to do it. I can’t promise I will do a good job but I will try.
“In the first half, we were pretty good, we were brighter than them. Their first goal was offside, it is a bit of a game changer.”
Referee: Tony Harrington