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Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Middlesbrough

Atdhe Nuhiu celebrates his penalty
Atdhe Nuhiu scored his ninth goal of the season for Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday picked up three points at Hillsborough for the first time since Boxing Day with victory against Middlesbrough.

After a goalless first half, Ken Omeruo's handball gave the home side a penalty, which Atdhe Nuhiu despatched.

Wednesday doubled the lead when Lewis McGugan's free-kick was touched on to the post and Will Keane headed home.

Boro missed the chance to overtake Championship leaders Derby County, who lost at Fulham.

Wednesday had won just one of their last eight games against a Boro side who had lost just once since late December, but this victory completed the double against the Championship promotion hopefuls.

The first half arguably had as many stoppages for injury as chances, with Nuhiu receiving treatment for Wednesday and Boro's Patrick Bamford also needing attention after a knock to the head.

Keane headed over as the Owls pressed, while at the other end a wayward Adam Clayton shot and an Adam Forshaw lob were Boro's closest attempts.

After a scrappy start to the second half, Wednesday were gifted the opportunity to go in front by centre-half Omeruo's handball as he leapt for a cross, and striker Nuhiu drilled the penalty to the goalkeeper's right for the opener.

The same defender's foul then conceded a free-kick that McGugan delivered into the Middlesbrough box and Keane finished via the post.

Omeruo was subbed soon after his brace of errors and headed straight down the tunnel, while Keane could have had a second when his shot was saved by Dimi Konstantopoulos with the Boro defence absent.

Grant Leadbitter and Jose Semedo clashed as tempers flared and both sides had chances, although Wednesday remained the more comfortable and composed of the teams.

Kike saw the ball whipped off his toe by goalkeeper Keiren Westwood as Boro mounted a late flurry but the Owls held firm and might have scored again themselves through Nuhiu.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray: "We worked all week to press and close down and force errors, which we did do. It was an open game in the first half but we probably dominated more with the ball but neither keeper was worked.

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Stuart Gray: Sheffield Wednesday boss on Boro win

"Second half, our performance thoroughly deserved the win. The only way they were probably going to get in was on a counter attack.

"Every game I've seen them, they've dominated the games through the midfield and we stopped them from playing and suddenly we were on the front foot. We won more second balls today, we became more creative and we caused them problems.

"In our last three games we've got seven goals but we've achieved nothing and we've got to make sure we keep going."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "Last Tuesday I said that against Bolton could be our worst performance (of the season) and today has been worse so it's difficult but we have to learn from the game today.

"We have two months in front of us and we're in a very good position in the table so we have to fix our mistakes.

"I don't want to use the pitch as an excuse because against Blackpool the pitch was worse than today.

"We won the game at Blackpool because we decided to win the game and we have lost today because we decided to lose. I like to play on better pitches but it's not an excuse."

Atdhe Nuhiu takes the penalty for Sheffield Wednesday
Atdhe Nuhiu could have added to his penalty as Wednesday came out on top.
Patrick Bamford was bandaged up
Patrick Bamford was one of several players to receive treatment during the games
Kike and Sheffield Wednesday players battle for the ball
Kike (right) had a chance for Boro late on but was denied by Keiren Westwood.

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 18Zayatte
  • 35DielnaBooked at 90mins
  • 20LeeSubstituted forHutchinsonat 56'minutes
  • 6SemedoBooked at 66mins
  • 37McGuganSubstituted forMaguireat 82'minutes
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 48KeaneSubstituted forMayat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mattock
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 7May
  • 10Maguire
  • 17Helan
  • 36Vermijl
  • 43Kirkland

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 22OmeruoSubstituted forLeadbitterat 58'minutes
  • 26Kalas
  • 6Gibson
  • 17Husband
  • 8Clayton
  • 18WhiteheadSubstituted forTomlinat 58'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 27Adomah
  • 34ForshawSubstituted forWildschutat 72'minutes
  • 23Bamford
  • 9Kike

Substitutes

  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Ripley
  • 24Nsue
  • 33Wildschut
  • 39Woodgate
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
23,774

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Middlesbrough 0.

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).

James Husband (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Stevie May replaces Will Keane.

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

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by James Husband.

Kamil Zayatte (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire replaces Lewis McGugan.

Attempt missed. Yanic Wildschut (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Tomlin with a headed pass.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

Attempt blocked. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Will Keane.

Offside, Middlesbrough. James Husband tries a through ball, but Kike is caught offside.

Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Husband (Middlesbrough).

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Attempt saved. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Yanic Wildschut replaces Adam Forshaw.

Foul by Will Keane (Sheffield Wednesday).

James Husband (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a cross.

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt saved. Kike (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross.

Booking

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Derby34198766353165
2Middlesbrough34189750242663
3Watford341951069422762
4Bournemouth34179867373060
5Ipswich33179754342060
6Norwich33178864372759
7Brentford34184125344958
8Wolves3416994740757
9Nottm Forest341311105648850
10Sheff Wed341113103032-246
11Blackburn341112114344-145
12Charlton34915103743-642
13Birmingham341012123950-1142
14Huddersfield34119144456-1242
15Cardiff341011133945-641
16Leeds34118153645-941
17Bolton34117164253-1140
18Reading34117163652-1640
19Fulham34116174658-1239
20Brighton34813133843-537
21Rotherham34813133450-1637
22Millwall34710173053-2331
23Wigan34610183147-1628
24Blackpool34410202968-3922
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