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Rotherham United 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher's goals were his first for Sheffield Wednesday since scoring the winner against Rotherham in December

Sheffield Wednesday climbed back into the Championship play-off places as Steven Fletcher's double secured victory over local rivals Rotherham.

The Millers' Jon Taylor shot wide from a tight angle before Fletcher's low drive gave the visitors the lead.

Fletcher powerfully headed Jack Hunt's right-wing cross into the top corner to put Wednesday in control at the break.

Richard Wood went close for the hosts, but already-relegated Rotherham have now lost nine games in a row.

Wednesday meanwhile, are back up to sixth after in-form Fulham were beaten at Derby.

It could have been a different story had Rotherham not been so wasteful in front of goal as Wood and Carlton Morris both spurned decent openings in addition to Taylor's early opportunity.

Fletcher, however, was clinical with the Owls' first real sight of goal as he kept his composure to beat Lewis Price after collecting a Ross Wallace pass and score his first in 15 games.

The former Scotland international was equally lethal just before the break, meaning that three of his nine goals this season have come against the Millers.

It might have been a hat-trick for the ex-Sunderland and Burnley man early in the second half, but this time he was denied by Wood's block.

Rotherham interim manager Paul Warne will hope this latest defeat will not affect his chances of getting the job on a permanent basis, with a new full-time boss expected to be confirmed on Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: "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 interim manager Paul Warne: "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."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 12Price
  • 17Fisher
  • 15Ajayi
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 68'minutes
  • 33SmallwoodSubstituted forBrayat 86'minutes
  • 4VaulksBooked at 64mins
  • 22NewellBooked at 76mins
  • 9D Ward
  • 10MorrisSubstituted forFordeat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Forde
  • 18O'Donnell
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 26Belaid
  • 27Bray
  • 30Purrington
  • 39Yates

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 12Loovens
  • 9Reach
  • 3Jones
  • 33Wallace
  • 41Bannan
  • 14HooperSubstituted forSemedoat 60'minutes
  • 6FletcherSubstituted forNuhiuat 73'minutes
  • 17RhodesSubstituted forWinnallat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 10McManaman
  • 11Winnall
  • 16Palmer
  • 24Semedo
  • 36Pudil
  • 44Nuhiu
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
10,669

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).

Hand ball by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a headed pass.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday).

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Ross Wallace tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Richard Wood (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Alex Bray replaces Richard Smallwood.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Keiren Westwood tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Sam Winnall replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Carlton Morris.

Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Booking

Joe Newell (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Steven Fletcher.

Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Carlton Morris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Jon Taylor.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton40258767343383
2Newcastle39256872333981
3Reading40227115550573
4Huddersfield38225114744371
5Leeds402161352391369
6Sheff Wed401991251401166
7Fulham4017131069511864
8Preston4016131159481161
9Derby401611134640659
10Norwich39169146558757
11Aston Villa401512134239357
12Brentford40168166457756
13Barnsley401411155656053
14Cardiff401410165457-352
15Wolves39149165049151
16QPR40148184653-750
17Ipswich401116134248-649
18Birmingham401113164058-1846
19Burton391111174053-1344
20Nottm Forest40119205466-1242
21Bristol City40118215060-1041
22Blackburn40913184761-1440
23Wigan40810223249-1734
24Rotherham4045313390-5717
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