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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Middlesbrough

Dean Whitehead

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.

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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Booking

    Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

  6. Post update

    József Varga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  8. Post update

    George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Booking

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

  10. Goal!

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

  11. Dismissal

    Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) is shown the red card.

  12. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

  16. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead tries a through ball, but Kei Kamara is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

As It Stood

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2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby33187860421861
4QPR32169738261257
5Nottm Forest331413654391555
6Wigan321571041301152
7Reading331491051381351
8Brighton32131093427749
9Ipswich33121294437748
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds32128124440444
13Huddersfield33127144544143
14Middlesbrough33913114137440
15Sheff Wed32912113938139
16Bournemouth32109134251-939
17Birmingham3399153942-336
18Bolton33812134149-836
19Blackpool33811142948-1935
20Doncaster3379172853-2530
21Millwall33610173161-3028
22Charlton3069152441-1727
23Yeovil3268182848-2026
24Barnsley32511163056-2626
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