Match Report: Rotherham United vs Sheffield Wednesday

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.

 

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Fletcher celebrates with Wallace.

 

Rotherham had their moments and early on as Carlton Morris fashioned the first opportunity with a delightful piece of skill 14 minutes in.

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.

Fletcher picked up possession 15 yards from goal and before the Millers’ defence had time to close down, the Scot had drilled low and hard past ex-Owl Lewis Price.

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.

HT: Rotherham 0-2 Wednesday
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Fletcher celebrates with his Wednesday team mates.
Wednesday came out for the second half on the front foot and Fletcher almost bagged a treble but another former Owl, defender Richard Wood, prevented his side going 3-0 down with a last-ditch challenge.

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.

FT: Rotherham 0-2 Wednesday
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Carlos showing what the win meant.

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.”

MATCH RATINGS VS ROTHERHAM:
Westwood: 7
Hunt: 8
Lees: 7
Loovens: 7
Reach: 7
Wallace: 8
Jones: 7
Bannan: 8
Fletcher: 8
Rhodes: 7
Hooper: 7
Subs:
Semedo :6
Nuhiu: 6
Winnall: 6
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Man of the Match – Steven Fletcher: The Scottish striker’s brace in the first half helped Wednesday win the game with Rhodes and Hooper creating the space for Wednesday to roam.

 

Teams:

Rotherham:  Price, Mattock, Vaulks, Wood, Morris(Forde 81), Taylor(Clarke-Harris 68), Ajayi, Fisher, Newell, Smallwood(Bray 86), Ward
Unused Subs: O’Donnell, Belaid, Purrington, Yates
Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Loovens, Lees, Reach, Jones, Bannan, Wallace, Rhodes (Winnall 83), Hooper (Semedo 60), Fletcher (Nuhiu 83)
Unused Subs: Wildsmith, McManaman, Palmer, Pudil

Referee: Tony Harrington

Attendance: 10,669
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