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Wednesday defeated at Hillsborough by Warnock`s Millers

0 - 1
Rotherham United


3pm Saturday 5th March 2016

Attendance: 28,912


Wednesday and Rotherham United played out a cracking South Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough, that generated loads of talking points. But, it ultimately ended with Wednesday clinging on to their playoff place after results over the course of the weekend.

The winning goal arrived after Frecklington's cross made its way to Matty Derbyshire who tapped in on 21 minutes. That goal breaths life into the Millers relegation battle under old Owls foe Neil Warnock.

Within two-minutes the visitors almost opened the scoring after Ward's effort just whistled past the post with Westwood diving in hope. The visitors had a game plan to pack the midfield and it worked as Wednesday failed to get going. Shortly after the minute's applause for Sheffield girls Izzy and Beth the Millers got their goal. In truth it was no more than the away side deserved. A short throw-in to the hard working Lee Frecklington allowed the midfielder to drive towards the byline and send a low cross, which was easily finished by Matty Derbyshire in front of a packed Kop.

That stirred the Owls into action and the imputus changed for the Millers to defensive as the host set about levelling the score. The home side thought they'd levelled after good work from Aiden McGeady who kept the ball and dribbled into the box missing defenders on the way. Before, striking at goal for a Michael Turner deflection to send the ball past the diving keeper. Controversy ensued as the goal was initially given with Turner level with the last man, after protest the decision was reversed.

With that being the single chance for the Owls it was overall a poor first-half display. Afterward the break the home side bombarded Rotherham's goal for the second 45 but Camp was equal to the task saving the away team on many occasions.

The 31-year-old shot stopper denied Gary Hooper and Lucas Joao before stopping Ross Wallace's stinging free-kick with his feet.

Gary Hooper again had the ball in the net for the Owls, after sub Lucas Joao shook off oppenants around 35 yards out and hit a shoot that was deflected by Camp into Hooper's path and he did his job to tuck away the rebound. Again, an incorrect offside flag ruled the Owls levelled out despite Hooper being onside when Joao hit his shot.

As the Owls continued to search for a much-needed equaliser, Wallace was unlucky to see his thumping strike cannon off the woodwork.

The Millers held on and served up Wednesday's first Hillsborough defeat since Middlesbrough in August and allow the chasing pack to close in of the Owls sixth spot.

Next up, a must win at Brighton on Tuesday evening (March 8th)

Star Player

Lucas Joao
The Portuguese international forward displayed just what he is all about after coming on as a sub in the second half. Unplayable at times against the Millers and a statement (maybe) towards Carvalhal so he is given more game at as the Owls seek to secure a playoff spot in the remaining 11 games.

Writer:Ed Jepson
Date:Sunday March 6 2016
Time: 8:30PM

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