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Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray
Stuart Gray saw his Sheffield Wednesday side win at Ewood Park for the first time since 1999

Blackburn fell to their first defeat in 10 games as Claude Dielna scored an injury time winner for Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park.

The substitute had only been on the pitch for a minute when his curling effort secured a dramatic win for Stuart Gray's side.

His 25-yard shot took a deflection as it flew past goalkeeper Jason Steele.

Keiran Lee had earlier given Wednesday the lead with a close-range effort only for Alex Baptiste to level the scores.

It was Wednesday's first win at Ewood Park since 1999.

But, Blackburn missed the best chances to win the game and stay in touch with the Championship leaders before Dielna proved the match-winner.

Striker Jordan Rhodes headed on to a post and Ryan Tunnicliffe forced a flying save from Keiren Westwood in the Wednesday goal.

Lee gave the visitors the lead on three minutes after pouncing on a mistake from Steele who failed to hold on to Stevie May's initial shot.

Blackburn equalised when Rhodes nodded down into the path of Baptiste who wrapped his foot over the ball to fire past Westwood from 10 yards.

Wednesday missed a glorious chance to retake the lead after 36 minutes when Glenn Loovens headed over a Royston Drenthe free-kick from five yards.

Westwood kept the scores level in the second half when he saved a thunderous volley from Tunnicliffe and tipped over the crossbar.

David Dunn then flashed a shot wide for Rovers before Dielna sealed the win for the visitors late-on.

Blackburn remain out of the play-off places in seventh while the win sees Sheffield Wednesday climb to 12th.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "I thought the manner of the three goals matched the quality of the game. They were three poor, scrappy goals.

"But we have to now realise our level of performance wasn't good enough. We've gifted the game to them with the manner of the goals they've scored."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray: "Kieran Lee got his goal and we had two or three more opportunities, then stopped doing what was getting us our success.

"We allowed Blackburn to come into the game and then there was a 20-minute period in that second half where we've had to roll our sleeves up and dig in."

On Lewis McGugan injury after he was carried off on stretcher after suffering a head injury: "He was knocked out completely. He's come round, in a neck brace as a precaution, but fingers crossed he will be okay."

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Steele
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5Hanley
  • 22Duffy
  • 14Olsson
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forDunnat 82'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forTunnicliffeat 66'minutes
  • 12Marshall
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forBrownat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Dunn
  • 9Brown
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 20Songo'o
  • 25Tunnicliffe

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 5Loovens
  • 17Helan
  • 11DrentheSubstituted forLaveryat 76'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 37McGuganSubstituted forMattockat 35'minutes
  • 10Maguire
  • 9NuhiuSubstituted forDielnaat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7May

Substitutes

  • 3Mattock
  • 13Lavery
  • 16McCabe
  • 19Maghoma
  • 21Corry
  • 35Dielna
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
14,920

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  3. Booking

    Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Claude Dielna replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brown.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

  9. Post update

    Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn replaces Craig Conway.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shane Duffy.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Caolan Lavery replaces Royston Drenthe.

  18. Post update

    Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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