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03 March 2021 Venue Hillsborough Attendance

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Match preview: Owls v Rotherham

3 March 2021

It’s a huge night of Championship action on Wednesday as new Owls boss Darren Moore will be in the dugout at Hillsborough.

The Owls host Rotherham in S6 in a crucial basement battle with both sides aiming to end a run of defeats and turn around their form.

Wednesday head into the game on a run of four straight reverses, while the Millers have lost their last five.

The stakes are high at Hillsborough with the three points on offer vital to both sides in the fight for Championship survival.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game:

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MATCH DETAILS

Date: Wednesday 3 March
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Championship
Hillsborough

OFFICIALS

Referee - Darren Bond
Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Jones
Assistant Referee 2 - Michael George
Fourth Official - Michael Salisbury

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THE MANAGER: Darren Moore

TEAM NEWS

Owls: Liam Shaw is back available for selection after completing his two-match suspension.

The midfielder was sent off during our clash with Birmingham at Hillsborough late last month.

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Keiren Westwood (rib), Cameron Dawson (knee), Massimo Luongo (knee) and Andre Green (Achilles) are unlikely to feature.

Moses Odubajo and Joost van Aken remain sidelined.

Rotherham: Clark Robertson (hamstring) is ruled out for four weeks.

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The Millers will be without Michael Ihiekwe, who is to serve the final game of his two-match suspension, while former Owls defender Richard Wood (groin) is unlikely to feature.

Jamie Lindsay (hamstring) is ruled out, while ex-Owl Joe Mattock (ankle) hasn’t made an appearance since December.

FORM GUIDE

Owls: WLLLL
Rotherham: LLLLL

LAST FIVE v Rotherham

Rotherham 3-0 Owls – 28 October 2020 – Championship
Rotherham 0-1 Owls – 28 August 2019 – EFL Cup
Rotherham 2-2 Owls – 16 February 2019 – Championship
Owls 2-2 Rotherham – 8 December 2018 – Championship
Rotherham 0-2 Owls – 4 April 2017 – Championship

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Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 1-2 Rotherham

3 March 2021

Wednesday suffered a damaging blow to their survival hopes as relegation rivals Rotherham emerged 2-1 winners at Hillsborough.

Freddie Ladapo struck a stoppage time winner to break the hearts of the Owls, who now face an increasingly uphill task to preserve Championship status.

When a Matt Olosunde own goal cancelled out Michael Smith’s opener, the pendulum was back the way of Wednesday – particularly after Smith received a straight red card.

But Rotherham had the final say, leaving the Owls with the proverbial mountain to climb with 13 left to play.

Lining up under new manager Darren Moore for the first time, the hosts were out of the traps with intent and twice went close in the early exchanges.

First Sam Hutchinson brought a fine reflex save from Viktor Johansson, then Callum Paterson’s thumping header was a whisker away at the near post.

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But when your luck is out, it’s out – and the Millers underlined that adage with their first attack that opened the scoring on 17 minutes.

Florian Jozefzoon sent an accurate cross right into the danger area, where Smith climbed high to plant his header past Joe Wildsmith.

Undeterred, Wednesday regrouped and continued to take the game to the visitors. Börner sent Paterson in on goal on the angle but the Scot’s effort was again the wrong side of the upright.

Rotherham grew more into the contest as half time approached and only a lick of paint prevented a two-goal cushion when Lewis Wing crashed a speculative shot against the post.

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Paterson drilled wide from range immediately after the resumption and Adam Reach fired narrowly over the top.

The Owls had the bit between their teeth and the same duo combined on the hour, alas with the same result.

Rotherham were reduced to 10 men on 67 minutes when Smith tangled with Börner and the odds on the away win climbed.

But back down they came as Wednesday struggled to penetrate, until the 77th minute when a brave Johansson point blank save from Paterson kept the slender lead intact.

Johansson kept Shaw out moments later before Lady Luck shone down on the Owls on 82 minutes. Shaw sent Matt Penney through, Johansson saved, but could only cannon the ball against Olosunde and into the empty net.

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Wednesday pressed for the winner and Penney’s cross found Paterson, whose glancing header was inches over the bar.

But the Millers countered from an Owls corner and Ladapo hit a scintillating drive that gave Wildsmith no chance with the last kick of the game.

Wednesday: Wildsmith, Palmer (Marriott 86), Lees, Börner, Penney, Reach (Harris 73), Bannan (Rhodes 86), Shaw, Hutchinson (Brown 80), Windass (Kachunga 73), Paterson

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