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Sheffield Wednesday 3-3 Blackburn Rovers

96 blue seats at the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough are replaced by 96 white seats to represent the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the Hillsborough disaster

Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn shared the points on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at the Owls' home ground.

Owls coach Stuart Gray and Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer laid wreaths in front of the stand where the 96 Liverpool fans died in 1989.

Jordan Rhodes put Rovers ahead and Lewis Buxton levelled before Craig Conway and Michael Keane made it 3-1.

Atdhe Nuhiu pulled one back and then scored an equaliser in injury time.

The day saw tributes to the Liverpool fans killed in a crush inside Hillsborough at their FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.

As well as the wreaths, Wednesday had marked the day by changing 96 blue seats to white on the lower tier of the West Stand at the Leppings Lane end of the ground, and placing a single red rose on each of them.

Matches in leagues across England kicked off seven minutes late to remember the fans who died on 15 April 1989.

When the game began, Blackburn took the lead when the Owls failed to clear and Rhodes was left to round Chris Kirkland and slot home.

Buxton levelled when he forced the ball home from a corner but Blackburn went back in front through Conway's low shot and Keane's header doubled their lead.

Nuhiu pulled one goal back from close range when Paul Robinson failed to deal with Michail Antonio's low cross and levelled in the fifth minute of injury time by firing high into the roof of the net.

Nuhiu almost claimed his third and Wednesday's fourth before the final whistle, but Robinson beat away his shot.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray:

"No father, no mother, or no son or daughter should lose anybody at a football game.

"It was just a sad, sad occasion, what happened 25 years ago - but I think the players played their part, the fans played their apart and both clubs played their part today."

Gray on his side's comeback: "Credit to my players. They kept going and kept going. I have just got to give my players a pat on the back because they kept going."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer on his side's draw:

"With four games to go we have just to try and win all four games and that's all we can do.

"If you look at the game as a whole we have had enough chances to win it. It was naive in terms of our defending towards the end of the game."


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Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Kirkland
  • 2Buxton
  • 19MattockSubstituted forHelanat 60'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 8Onyewu
  • 32LleraBooked at 45mins
  • 18Maguire
  • 41HutchinsonBooked at 75minsSubstituted forAfobeat 79'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 34NuhiuBooked at 83mins
  • 22PalmerSubstituted forLaveryat 59'minutes
  • 7Antonio


  • 11Johnson
  • 14Coke
  • 15Taylor
  • 17Helan
  • 25Lavery
  • 26E Martínez
  • 28Afobe


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Robinson
  • 16Keane
  • 3Spurr
  • 6Lowe
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 5HanleyBooked at 56mins
  • 45Cairney
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 75mins
  • 39GestedeBooked at 80mins
  • 11RhodesBooked at 90minsSubstituted forVarneyat 90+2'minutes
  • 32Conway


  • 2Kane
  • 7King
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Olsson
  • 15Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Feeney
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Blackburn Rovers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Blackburn Rovers 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 3, Blackburn Rovers 3. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Jordan Rhodes.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lewis Buxton with a headed pass following a corner.

  12. Booking

    Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Booking

    Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

As It Stood

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