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Sheff Wed1Rotherham0

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Rotherham United

Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher joined Sheffield Wednesday from Sunderland in the summer

Steven Fletcher's injury-time penalty gave Sheffield Wednesday victory over Championship strugglers Rotherham.

With just seconds remaining Richard Wood was sent off for fouling Lucas Joao in the area and Fletcher slammed home from the spot.

Joao had earlier forced a good save from Millers keeper Lewis Price before Rotherham skipper Lee Frecklington had an effort blocked.

Fletcher headed straight at Price in the final minute before the late drama.

The result was harsh on the Millers, who remain 12 points adrift of safety.

They had the ball in the net in the first half but Tom Adeyemi's effort was ruled out for a foul.

Wednesday improved after the break and looked set to be left ruing Fletcher's missed chance when he headed straight at Price when unmarked.

But his late penalty gave Carlos Carvalhal's men victory and moved them up to sixth in the table.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"It was not an easy game; it was a local derby and Rotherham had a lot to play for.

"It has been a long time since we beat Rotherham here. The players had a very good attitude. We broke a wall that Rotherham put up and we don't win a lot of those games so I am very happy.

"We never know in this competition whether it will be easier playing the bottom of the league or the top of the league. Rotherham caused us a lot of problems."

Rotherham caretaker manager Paul Warne:

"It was more a case of the player winning the penalty. Would I be happy if my striker did that in the 93rd minute to win the game? Yes I would.

"But I don't know how that is a sending-off; I am going to speak to him about that. I thought the rules had changed with the double jeopardy.

"For the (disallowed) goal, I've watched it back numerous times and I cannot see where the foul is - I can't even see where it might have been. I will go and speak to the referee and he will tell me something I didn't see.

"To lose at such a late stage is bitter pill to swallow, but I will still go home pretty proud. We couldn't give any more."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 16Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 12Loovens
  • 36PudilSubstituted forNuhiuat 61'minutes
  • 5LeeSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutes
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 7AbdiSubstituted forWallaceat 34'minutes
  • 19Lucas João
  • 6FletcherBooked at 55mins
  • 9Reach

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 3Jones
  • 8Sougou
  • 33Wallace
  • 39Sasso
  • 44Nuhiu
  • 46Hirst

Rotherham

  • 12Price
  • 17FisherBooked at 86mins
  • 6WoodBooked at 90mins
  • 26Belaid
  • 3MattockBooked at 90mins
  • 7Forde
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 8FrecklingtonBooked at 90mins
  • 22Newell
  • 13OdemwingieSubstituted forBlackstockat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Ward

Substitutes

  • 2Kelly
  • 4Vaulks
  • 11Taylor
  • 14Ball
  • 20Blackstock
  • 39Yates
  • 45Bilboe
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
27,242

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Rotherham United 0.

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

Attempt missed. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas João following a fast break.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Rotherham United 0. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) is shown the red card.

Booking

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Richard Wood (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson with a cross.

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dexter Blackstock (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Foul by David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday).

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).

Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Jones with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Newell following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson with a cross.

Attempt blocked. David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lees.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson with a headed pass.

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

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

Foul by Anthony Forde (Rotherham United).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle22161545172849
2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2212463029140
4Huddersfield2212372626039
5Leeds2212282622438
6Sheff Wed2211472623337
7Derby2210662315836
8Birmingham229762729-234
9Fulham2289538281033
10Norwich2210393734333
11Preston229583027332
12Barnsley229493835331
13Aston Villa2161052221128
14Brentford2284102728-128
15Ipswich227782224-228
16Bristol City2283112827127
17Nottm Forest2275103539-426
18Wolves226792830-225
19QPR2165102030-1023
20Cardiff2265112436-1223
21Burton2257102330-722
22Blackburn2255122737-1020
23Wigan2246121827-918
24Rotherham2224162148-2710
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