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Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 Blackburn Rovers: Steve Bruce's side continue play-off charge

Fletcher's goal took him into double figures for the season
Sheffield Wednesday celebrate the opening goal from Steven Fletcher (left)

Sheffield Wednesday continued their surge towards the play-offs as they saw off Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games.

Steven Fletcher gave the Owls an early lead, and second-half goals from Atdhe Nuhiu, Dominic Iorfa and Marco Matias maintained their impressive run since Steve Bruce took over last month.

Rovers pulled goals back through Craig Conway and Elliott Bennett, but their leaky defence cost them dearly again - they have conceded more away goals than any other Championship side.

The result left Bruce's side just two points short of the play-off places, while Blackburn slip a place to 17th in the table.

Wednesday were on top from the first whistle and went ahead in the 10th minute when Iorfa delivered a low cross for Fletcher to turn in from close range.

The home side should have stretched their advantage almost immediately as Adam Reach forced a save from David Raya, then saw another effort rebound for Michael Hector to head against the post.

Blackburn improved as the game went on and Bradley Dack and Danny Graham both went close before Nuhiu - who had only been on the field for two minutes - made it 2-0, heading in Barry Bannan's free-kick on the hour.

Rovers substitute Conway halved the deficit, collecting Joe Rothwell's pass and curling a shot into the far corner, but the Owls made the points safe with two more goals in quick succession.

Bannan set up both of them, delivering another free-kick that Iorfa scrambled home and then playing a ball through for Matias to make it 4-1.

Bennett netted a late consolation for Blackburn, picking up Dack's lay-off and finding space to beat Westwood.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce told BBC Sheffield:

"We took our chances at the right time. On our first real attack we scored and that calmed everybody down a bit - and just at the right times we've scored again. It should have been more comfortable than what it turned out to be.

"Blackburn are very decent up the top end of the pitch and they've been going along very nicely up until the last month or so. You can't underestimate any team and, make no mistake, Blackburn caused us a few problems.

"The bit of quality we've showed down the right from Dom (Iorfa) - maybe I'm playing him in the wrong position! He's made one goal and got another and I'm delighted he's settled in so well.

"There were one or two things that alarmed me later on - we went a bit deep too quickly and couldn't get to the ball quick enough and that was a concern."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Lancashire:

"It's very easy for people to say it's been terrible, but I know for a fact it hasn't been terrible.

"The results have been terrible, of course, but the team hasn't. There's been practically no drop off, I would suggest.

"Missing (Darragh) Lenihan has caused us problems in an area where we need his power and his ability to go and deal with the first ball. Without him, we haven't had the ability to do that."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 27Iorfa
  • 15LeesBooked at 81mins
  • 34Hector
  • 2Palmer
  • 20Reach
  • 23HutchinsonSubstituted forPelupessyat 10'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 39AaronsBooked at 74mins
  • 11WinnallBooked at 52minsSubstituted forMatiasat 55'minutes
  • 9FletcherBooked at 40minsSubstituted forNuhiuat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 12Thorniley
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 19Matias
  • 21Boyd
  • 25Dawson

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 38Magloire
  • 3Williams
  • 4ReedSubstituted forConwayat 56'minutes
  • 27Travis
  • 29EvansSubstituted forBuckleyat 68'minutes
  • 31Bennett
  • 23Dack
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forArmstrongat 68'minutes
  • 8Rothwell

Substitutes

  • 6Smallwood
  • 7Armstrong
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
  • 24Nuttall
  • 32Conway
  • 39Buckley
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
24,608

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 4, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 4, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Derrick Williams.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 4, Blackburn Rovers 2. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 4, Blackburn Rovers 1. Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.

Booking

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu following a set piece situation.

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. David Raya Martin tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.

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

Foul by Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John Buckley replaces Corry Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong replaces Danny Graham.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan following a set piece situation.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Steven Fletcher because of an injury.

Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich38239677482978
2Sheff Utd38228864343074
3Leeds38227963392473
4West Brom381910972482467
5Middlesbrough37151394031958
6Aston Villa381415968541457
7Preston381512115850857
8Derby371511114644256
9Bristol City361510114538755
10Sheff Wed381413114851-355
11Nottm Forest381315105244854
12Hull38149155456-251
13Birmingham381214125349450
14Brentford3713101460501049
15Swansea36138154546-147
16Stoke381017113742-547
17Blackburn381211155260-847
18QPR38128184559-1444
19Wigan38109194157-1639
20Millwall37910184155-1437
21Reading38813174056-1637
22Rotherham38715164061-2136
23Bolton3878232663-3729
24Ipswich38315203062-3224
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