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Report: Wednesday 0-2 Rotherham

13 February 2022

Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 0-2 Rotherham

13 February 2022

Freddie Ladapo was a thorn in Wednesday’s side when Rotherham last visited S6 and the same player repeated the feat this time around.

The Millers striker laid the foundation for victory with a second half goal before Michael Smith put the points out of reach.

Both strikes were completely against the run of play as top of the table Rotherham executed an architype smash and grab.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell was barely troubled throughout this derby affair, a virtual spectator for the lion’s share, but the visitors rode their fortune to remain firmly ensconced at the summit of League One.

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Sam Hutchinson nodded a bouncing ball just over the top and Marvin Johnson brought a low save from Josh Vickers as Wednesday dictated a high tempo that ran throughout a one-sided first half.

And after Vickers was alert to smother a Jack Hunt long-ranger, the Owls thought they taken the lead on the half-hour mark.

Nathaiel Mendez-Laing found Hunt in space six yards out but as the ball nestled in the back of Vickers’ net, an offside flag kept the contest goalless.

Barry Bannan took a Callum Paterson pass into his stride and dragged narrowly past the far post and Liam Palmer’s shot looped wide via a deflection following a mazy run upfield by the defender.

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It was a dominant first half performance from Wednesday that deserved more as the Millers showed little of their promotion credentials.

The same pattern continued after the break and only a perfectly-timed tackle from Wes Harding thwarted Paterson as the Scot bore down on goal.

But just as the Owls tightened the screw, Rotherham broke and scored from their first attack of note on 59 minutes.

Shane Ferguson’s corner was headed back across the danger zone and the lurking Ladapo was left with the simple task of diverting home.

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Undaunted, Wednesday went straight back on the attack and Vickers parried Bannan’s curling set piece to safety.

The Owls’ best chance came on 73 minutes when Mendez-Laing raced in on goal but a tame low finish allowed Vickers to safely stop.

And Wednesday’s frustration was complete with eight minutes to go as Millers top scorer Smith placed a loose ball inside the box beyond Peacock-Farrell to seal a fortuitous win.

Wednesday: Peacock-Farrell, Palmer, Hutchinson, Storey, Hunt (Sow 78), Johnson, Bannan, Luongo, Byers, Mendez-Laing (Kamberi 83), Paterson


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