Dave Jones' arrival as Sheffield Wednesday manager failed to earn an immediate dividend as they were held to a goalless draw by resolute Rochdale.

The home side should have won late on when Jason Kennedy was tripped in the box by Julian Bennett, but Gary Jones' resulting penalty hit the post.

The Owls had looked dangerous from set pieces in the opening half, without seriously troubling keeper David Lucas.

Ryan Lowe had a goal disallowed after the break for a foul on Dean Holden.

There was plenty of attacking endeavour from both sides but the quality of finishing was generally poor, as typified by Jones' penalty - a wasted opportunity Rochdale could ill afford, standing second-bottom in League One.

The Owls had coach Chris Evans picking the team following Wednesday's shock sacking of manager Gary Megson, followed by Jones' appointment on Friday morning,

But the new boss was at Spotland to witness his new team in action and will know there is a lot of work to do if they are to achieve automatic promotion.

Despite the stalemate, the promotion-chasing Owls closed the gap on local rivals Sheffield United in second place to four points, the Blades blowing a two-goal lead at home to Oldham, going down 3-2.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Owls coach Chris Evans tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I'm disappointed that we didn't take the three points. I think it would have been a tragedy had we lost. Rochdale likewise had three or four efforts themselves.

"But I think there's a bigger picture, to be honest with you. It's been a difficult week and that dressing room contains human beings and the manner in which they've responded to what I've asked in the last few days is a huge credit to them.

"Today is about nothing other than a group of players that came here and wanted to put on a show for the 3,000 Wednesday fans who came here today."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (3)

Rochdale

  • 23 Lucas
  • 02 Darby
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 12 Long
  • 17 Holden
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Jones
  • 11 Adams (Akpa Akpro - 52' )
  • 15 Thompson (Tutte - 87' )
  • 09 Symes

Substitutes

  • 21 Edwards
  • 22 Jordan
  • 10 Grimes
  • 16 Tutte
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Sheffield Wed

  • 43 Bywater
  • 02 Buxton
  • 03 Bennett
  • 04 Batth
  • 05 R Jones
  • 06 Semedo
  • 07 Prutton (Lowe - 65' )
  • 08 Lines
  • 27 Antonio
  • 09 O'Grady
  • 14 Madine

Substitutes

  • 24 Jameson
  • 32 Llera
  • 16 Jones
  • 19 Morrison
  • 30 Lowe
Ref: Bates
Att: 5,361

Match Stats

Shots

13 19

On target

5 9

Corners

7 8

Fouls

4 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:29 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:53

Chris Lines takes the outswinging corner, Danny Batth takes a shot. Save by David Lucas.

90:00 +2:08

Centre by Stephen Darby.

90:00 +1:29

Unfair challenge on Andrew Tutte by Ryan Lowe results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Lucas.

90:00 +0:49

Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save made by David Lucas.

90:00 +0:12

Effort on goal by Lewis Buxton from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

89:39

Corner taken by Chris Lines, clearance made by Jason Kennedy.

89:12

Rob Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Holden.

87:20

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Long. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.

86:17

Corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy, clearance made by Chris O'Grady.

86:17 Substitution

Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Andrew Tutte coming on for Joe Thompson.

85:54

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Chris Lines gets a block in.

83:36

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Michail Antonio misses to the left of the target.

82:26

Stephen Darby crosses the ball.

81:07

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.

78:26 Penalty

Penalty missed left upright by Gary Jones.

78:26

Penalty awarded for a foul by Julian Bennett on Jason Kennedy.

77:45

Joe Widdowson fouled by Michail Antonio, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Lucas.

77:12

Gary Jones challenges Michail Antonio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lewis Buxton takes the free kick.

76:35

Michail Antonio is ruled offside. David Lucas takes the free kick.

75:37

The referee blows for offside against Ryan Lowe. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.

75:09

Gary Madine takes a shot. Clearance made by Dean Holden.

73:06

Chris Lines takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the area by Julian Bennett goes over the bar.

72:51

Michail Antonio takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Long.

72:06

Centre by Michail Antonio.

69:45

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

68:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Darby by Ryan Lowe. Free kick taken by David Lucas.

66:55

Chris Lines decides to take the corner short.

64:49 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Lowe joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Prutton.

63:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Lines on Brian Barry-Murphy. Kevin Long takes the direct free kick.

63:05

Shot by Kevin Long from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

62:16

Handball by Lewis Buxton. Free kick crossed left-footed by Brian Barry-Murphy from left channel, Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

61:17

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Barry-Murphy from the right by-line to the near post.

61:07

Jason Kennedy takes a shot. Stephen Bywater makes a save.

60:13

Close range shot by Kevin Long misses to the left of the target.

59:45

Short corner taken by Jason Kennedy from the left by-line.

59:04

Unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Julian Bennett results in a free kick. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the free kick.

56:56

Brian Barry-Murphy fouled by Michail Antonio, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Holden restarts play with the free kick.

55:51

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

54:38

Danny Batth takes a shot. Save by David Lucas.

53:56

Dean Holden concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris O'Grady. Chris Lines takes the free kick.

53:41

Julian Bennett takes a shot. Save made by David Lucas.

52:56

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jason Kennedy, Brian Barry-Murphy takes a shot.

52:47

Michael Symes takes a shot. Danny Batth gets a block in.

51:16 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Adams goes off and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro comes on.

49:52

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Blocked by Julian Bennett.

48:50

Jason Kennedy fouled by Rob Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Barry-Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Gary Madine.

48:06

The ball is delivered by Michail Antonio.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

43:28

David Prutton challenges Joe Thompson unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Nicky Adams from right wing.

42:33

Shot from just outside the box by Julian Bennett goes over the target.

41:44

The ball is swung over by Danny Batth.

40:08

The ball is swung over by Nicky Adams, save made by Stephen Bywater.

39:50

Michail Antonio sends in a cross, save made by David Lucas.

38:39

Chris Lines takes a shot. Dean Holden gets a block in.

36:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Julian Bennett on Nicky Adams. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Brian Barry-Murphy from right wing, Gary Madine makes a clearance.

36:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Lines on Brian Barry-Murphy. David Lucas takes the free kick.

34:59

Chris O'Grady has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

34:45

The ball is swung over by Nicky Adams, Stephen Bywater makes a save.

32:33

Close range header by Rob Jones goes over the bar.

31:49

Joe Widdowson challenges Chris O'Grady unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Lines from right wing.

30:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Lucas by Gary Madine. David Lucas takes the direct free kick.

28:26

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Lines from the right by-line, Danny Batth produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

28:03

Chris Lines takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Jason Kennedy.

27:30

Short corner taken by Jason Kennedy from the left by-line.

27:15

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Batth.

25:38

Jason Kennedy takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

25:04

Inswinging corner taken by Brian Barry-Murphy from the right by-line, Gary Madine makes a clearance.

23:35

Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save by David Lucas.

21:52

Joe Widdowson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michail Antonio. A cross is delivered by Chris Lines, Rob Jones produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

16:27

Unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Michail Antonio results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Lucas.

12:26

Chris Lines takes the outswinging corner, Danny Batth produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

11:52

The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Jones. Stephen Bywater takes the indirect free kick.

10:54

Chris O'Grady is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Lucas.

7:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Jones by Lewis Buxton. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nicky Adams.

6:29

Corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy from the right by-line, Gary Jones has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

5:18

Julian Bennett is ruled offside. David Lucas takes the indirect free kick.

4:59

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Lines from the right by-line played to the near post, Gary Jones manages to make a clearance.

4:48

Gary Madine takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Widdowson.

4:30

Joe Thompson takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.

2:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris O'Grady. David Lucas takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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