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Sheff Wed1Middlesbrough0

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Middlesbrough

A late Atdhe Nuhiu penalty secured Sheffield Wednesday a controversial victory over 10-man Middlesbrough.

Boro's Jacob Butterfield had a strike which appeared to cross the goalline ruled out before Leon Best went close for Wednesday.

The decisive moment of the game came late in the second half when Dean Whitehead was deemed to have handled Best's stab towards goal.

The midfielder was sent off and Nuhiu struck from the spot to secure victory.

Nuhiu's goal maintains Wednesday's fine record against Middlesbrough at Hillsborough, where the Owls have now beaten the visitors in five of their past six meetings. The win also ended their run of three successive home defeats in all competitions.

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Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland

But Boro are now winless in seven games, failing to score in any of those.

The visitors had their chances against Wednesday, with Kei Kamara firing a first-time volley straight at Chris Kirkland and Butterfield's driving effort cannoning off both uprights before Kirkland gathered. The ball looked to have crossed the line but no goal was given.

Wednesday appealed for a penalty before the interval when Boro captain Jonathan Woodgate appeared to clatter midfielder Sam Hutchinson, but referee Andy D'Urso dismissed the home side's appeals.

After the break, the lively Chris Maguire sent a free-kick over the crossbar before Hutchinson tested Boro's debutant goalkeeper Tomas Mejias from long range.

It was then midfielder Giles Coke's turn to be denied by Mejias before Whitehead was sent off for conceded the 87th-minute penalty, which Nuhiu converted coolly.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka on Jacob Butterfield's disallowed goal: "I can't say anything because I couldn't see the ball.

"For me, the linesman couldn't see the goal in our favour and he could see the penalty. This is the problem.

"We lost the game because we didn't play well. I don't have to put excuses on the referee or linesman. We had four or five chances to score and if we had scored a goal we would have won the game."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray: "We deserved the win. The disappointing thing was the first half - there was no intensity.

"One thing you do know is that Middlesbrough are going to have a lot of possession of the ball so we tried nullifying that by pressing them up high but, then, it was one, two, maybe three touches too much instead of moving the ball quicker.

"If you'd said to me before the game: 'Play ugly and win one-nil', I'd have snatched your hand off."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Kirkland
  • 22Palmer
  • 19MattockSubstituted forHelanat 42'minutes
  • 14CokeBooked at 90mins
  • 8Onyewu
  • 36Loovens
  • 18MaguireSubstituted forNuhiuat 71'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 41Hutchinson
  • 42Best
  • 25Lavery
  • 10MaghomaSubstituted forJohnsonat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Johnson
  • 13Davies
  • 17Helan
  • 28Afobe
  • 32Llera
  • 34Nuhiu
  • 40Gardner

Middlesbrough

  • 35Mejias
  • 8Varga
  • 3FriendBooked at 42mins
  • 24Chalobah
  • 39WoodgateSubstituted forGibsonat 45'minutes
  • 25Omeruo
  • 6ButterfieldSubstituted forMainat 75'minutes
  • 18WhiteheadBooked at 86mins
  • 29Kamara
  • 9Graham
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forLedesmaat 58'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 7Leadbitter
  • 10Tomlin
  • 11Ledesma
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 22Gibson
  • 23Main
  • 28Morris
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
20,743

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 0.
Attempt saved. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

Booking

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).
József Varga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 0. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) is shown the red card.
Penalty conceded by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
Attempt blocked. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).
Offside, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead tries a through ball, but Kei Kamara is caught offside.
Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).
Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).
Foul by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Attempt blocked. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.
Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).
Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Jacob Butterfield.
Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.
Offside, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Caolan Lavery with a cross.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.
Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Chris Maguire.
Offside, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma tries a through ball, but Dean Whitehead is caught offside.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ben Gibson.
Attempt blocked. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson.
Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).
Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).
Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.
goal

As It Stood

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1Leicester3323553074
2Burnley33181232666
3Derby3318781861
4QPR3216971257
5Nottm Forest33141361555
6Wigan32157101152
7Reading33149101351
8Brighton3213109749
9Ipswich3312129748
10Blackburn32121010-146
11Watford33111210945
12Leeds3212812444
13Huddersfield3312714143
14Middlesbrough3391311440
15Sheff Wed3291211139
16Bournemouth3210913-939
17Birmingham339915-336
18Bolton3381213-836
19Blackpool3381114-1935
20Doncaster337917-2530
21Millwall3361017-3028
22Charlton306915-1727
23Yeovil326818-2026
24Barnsley3251116-2626
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