Oguchi Onyewu's first goal for 10-man Sheffield Wednesday secured victory over League Two Rochdale and a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Joe Mattock, later sent-off for a second bookable offence, gave the Championship side the lead before Onyewu smashed home minutes later.

Rochdale captain Michael Rose rekindled home hopes with a 25-yard strike.

But despite being down to 10 men, Wednesday held on to reach the last 16 for the first time since 2011.

Caretaker boss Stuart Gray was handed a two-and-a-half year contract after watching only Wednesday's second away win of the season.

Gray, whose side are now unbeaten in eight, punched the air on the final whistle after seeing his team display the kind of battling qualities which resulted in Owls chairman Milan Mandaric offering him the permanent position.

Dale, who beat Leeds in round three, will reap the financial rewards that come with a crowd of more than 8,000.

Second in the league table, they will now be able to concentrate on securing promotion to the third tier of English football.

There was an air of expectancy amongst the home supporters at a rain-sodden Spotland as they welcomed a side battling to survive in the Championship, but 12 ruthless minutes at the start of the second half dashed their hopes.

American Onyewu, playing in only his second game for Wednesday since leaving Queens Park Rangers - for whom he did not play a single game - headed against the post late in the first-half as corners and free-kicks caused havoc.

And it was from another whipped delivery that the Owls took the lead on 50 minutes, Mattock tapping home a near-post flick-on.

Wednesday's travelling support of more than 3,000 were soon celebrating again when former Sporting Lisbon and Standard Liege defender Onyewu, 31, pounced from six yards to lash the ball low into the net.

The Championship side's clinical start to the second half drew focus on Dale's wasted opening in the first period, when Matt Done fired against the legs of visiting keeper Damian Martinez from 10 yards.

Done's midfield counterpart and captain Rose reduced the arrears in spectacular fashion from long range before his free-kick was well tipped over by Martinez.

Mattock saw red for a trip on Ian Henderson as home pressure built but Dale, unbeaten in four before kick-off, relied on a succession of crosses late on and could not carve out a meaningful opening as three-time FA Cup winners Wednesday progressed.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill:

"They scored from two set plays and we responded well and got the goal back but when they went down to 10 men it made it really difficult.

"They defended superbly against our extra man. The players can hold their heads high and we haven't let anyone down.

"We've got 19 real cup finals and there's magic in every one of those games for us because we can really achieve something this season."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray:

"I asked the foreign lads at the team meeting what they thought about the FA Cup and now they'll realise. The atmosphere was fantastic, it was a typical FA Cup tie.

"There was a gale-force wind against us in the first half and we had to defend well and we did. It's just hard work, effort and commitment but all of the players deserve the credit for the effort they've been putting in.

"I would love a home draw against a big team because the fans deserve that and it would be a great atmosphere at Hillsborough."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 03 Bennett (Camps - 75' )
  • 16 Done
  • 24 Allen (Donnelly - 59' )
  • 05 Eastham Booked
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 07 Vincenti (Cummins - 67' )
  • 25 Rose Booked
  • 11 Hogan
  • 12 Lund Booked
  • 40 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 02 Rafferty
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 14 Héry
  • 21 Thomson
  • 28 Camps
  • 29 Cummins
  • 39 Bunney

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 26 Martinez
  • 22 Palmer
  • 19 Mattock Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 20 Lee
  • 08 Onyewu
  • 36 Loovens
  • 18 Maguire
  • 06 Semedo Booked
  • 25 Lavery (Helan - 67' )
  • 34 Nuhiu (Johnson - 78' )
  • 10 Maghoma (Coke - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 11 Johnson
  • 14 Coke
  • 16 McCabe
  • 17 Helan
  • 27 McPhail
  • 32 Llera
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 8,240

Match Stats

Shots

11 15

On target

6 5

Corners

5 12

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rochdale 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

90:00 +2:47

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:36

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +0:47

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Matt Done.

90:00 +0:32

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:11

Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

84:31

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

84:06 Booking

Booking Michael Rose (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

84:00

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:00

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

81:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke replaces Jacques Maghoma.

81:09

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

81:09

Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

77:32

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

74:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Callum Camps replaces Rhys Bennett.

73:10

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

72:18

Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:18

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

70:21

Attempt saved. George Donnelly (Rochdale) header from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

68:42

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

68:08

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

66:50

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:50

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

66:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Caolan Lavery.

66:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Graham Cummins replaces Peter Vincenti.

64:50

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Damián Martinez.

64:37

Attempt saved. Michael Rose (Rochdale) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

63:45 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

63:33

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:33

Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

61:38

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

61:09

Hand ball by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

59:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

59:05

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Damián Martinez.

58:55

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

58:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Jamie Allen.

58:05

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

58:05

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

56:07

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Matt Done.

54:41 Booking

Booking Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

54:23

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:23

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

50:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range to the top right corner.

47:51

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

45:18

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:18

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:00

Second Half begins Rochdale 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +3:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rochdale 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +3:13

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

45:00 +3:00

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00 +2:04

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

45:00 +2:04

Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:46

Attempt missed. Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00 +1:03

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Matt Done.

45:00 +0:46

Attempt blocked. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:32

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

45:00 +0:23

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

44:18

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

44:18

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:19

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

39:24

Delay in match Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) because of an injury.

38:32

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

34:31

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Damián Martinez.

34:17

Attempt saved. Matt Done (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

32:10

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:10

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

30:44 Booking

Booking Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

30:38

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:38

Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

26:50

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

25:52

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

25:07

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:07

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

24:20

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

24:20

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:02

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

19:28 Booking

Booking Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

19:25

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:25

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

18:27

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

17:08

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:35

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:35

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

15:15

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

15:15

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:41

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

13:25

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Rochdale).

13:25

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:23

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:23

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

8:52

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

8:37

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

8:37

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:16

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Michael Rose.

7:56

Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

7:21

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

7:12

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:29 Booking

Booking Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

5:08

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:08

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale).

4:08

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:08

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

2:40

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

2:40

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:43

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

1:43

Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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