Blackburn moved into the Championship play-off positions as Grant Hanley's early goal gave them victory over struggling Sheffield Wednesday.

It was also caretaker boss Eric Black's first win at the fifth attempt since Steve Kean's resignation last month.

Scotland defender Hanley, who replaced Morten Gamst Pedersen in the line-up, pounced on David Dunn's cutback to finish from close range for Rovers.

Lewis Buxton went closest for Wednesday with a solo effort.

The full-back weaved his way forward and finished with a fierce shot that whistled inches past the far post.

The Owls created other chances, with Gary Madine heading over from Paul Corry's corner while Michail Antonio shot wastefully wide.

Spanish defender Miguel Llera also narrowly missed the target with a 25-yard free-kick.

At the other end, Llera's countryman Ruben Rochina forced keeper Chris Kirkland, playing his first game since he was attacked by a Leeds fan last Friday, into a sharp save with a stinging 30-yard shot.

Kirkland stopped Rochina again when he saved the Spaniard's deflected shot with his feet.

Llera was then called into action when he cleared substitute Pedersen's free-kick off the goalline.

The defeat leaves Wednesday - winless in the league since August - second bottom of the Championship.

Blackburn caretaker manager Eric Black on the search for a new manager:

"I don't know, I've no idea, I'm just focusing on - I know it sounds boring and repetitive, but tomorrow morning we have to start preparing the players again.

"Saturday's game at Watford's my only target and that's all I'm looking at."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones:

"Take away the first 10 minutes of the game and I think we've absolutely slaughtered them. But it's that final third, that final delivery, that final little pass that's letting us down.

"We've come here to a team that's just come out of the Premier League and, unless I'm watching a completely different game I thought we absolutely pulverised them for 80-odd minutes."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Blackburn

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Orr
  • 03 Mn Olsson (Pedersen - 74' )
  • 05 Givet
  • 16 Dann
  • 31 G Hanley
  • 06 Lowe Booked
  • 08 Dunn (Rochina - 34' )
  • 18 Etuhu
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 39 Kazim-Richards Booked (Murphy - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Kean
  • 10 Formica
  • 12 Pedersen
  • 13 Murphy
  • 38 Rosado
  • 21 Nuno Gomes
  • 23 Rochina

Sheffield Wed

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton
  • 05 Taylor
  • 26 Jones (O'Grady - 89' )
  • 32 Llera Booked
  • 06 Semedo
  • 07 Antonio
  • 11 J Johnson
  • 21 Corry (Rodri - 76' )
  • 24 Barkley
  • 09 Madine

Substitutes

  • 30 Davies
  • 14 Mattock
  • 18 Mayor
  • 10 Maguire
  • 12 O'Grady
  • 15 Rodri
  • 17 Pecnik
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 13,782

Match Stats

Shots

14 12

On target

5 3

Corners

4 6

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:18 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +5:02

A cross is delivered by Lewis Buxton, blocked by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

90:00 +4:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Miguel Llera by Jordan Rhodes. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

90:00 +4:16

Michail Antonio produces a cross, Gael Givet makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ruben Rochina by Jose Semedo. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Orr on Gary Madine. Ross Barkley takes the free kick.

89:43

Unfair challenge on Grant Hanley by Chris O'Grady results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

88:59

Michail Antonio sends in a cross, Gary Madine concedes a free kick for a foul on Bradley Orr. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

88:02 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Chris O'Grady coming on for Daniel Jones.

87:02

Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Chris Kirkland.

86:25

The ball is delivered by Jermaine Johnson, Paul Robinson makes a save.

83:49

The ball is delivered by Bradley Orr.

82:48 Substitution

Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Danny Murphy coming on for Colin Kazim-Richards.

81:11

Miguel Llera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Rhodes. Morten Gamst Pedersen shoots direct from the free kick, clearance made by Miguel Llera.

79:50

Ross Barkley takes a shot. Corner taken by Ross Barkley, clearance made by Scott Dann.

76:33

Colin Kazim-Richards fouled by Jose Semedo, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Dann takes the direct free kick.

75:21

Ross Barkley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

75:21 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Lozano Rodri coming on for Paul Corry.

75:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Johnson by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

74:55

Colin Kazim-Richards is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

74:04

Centre by Bradley Orr, blocked by Jose Semedo. Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line played to the near post, Miguel Llera manages to make a clearance.

73:03 Substitution

Substitution Martin Olsson leaves the field to be replaced by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

70:32

Miguel Llera has an effort direct from the free kick.

70:32 Booking

Booking Caution for Colin Kazim-Richards.

69:32

Dickson Etuhu challenges Ross Barkley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

68:09

Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.

66:40

Martin Olsson is penalised for a handball. Lewis Buxton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Scott Dann fouled by Martin Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

64:26

Paul Corry crosses the ball, save by Paul Robinson.

63:31

Gary Madine crosses the ball.

62:44

Martin Olsson takes a shot. Jordan Rhodes gets a block in.

61:53

Lewis Buxton has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

61:06

The ball is sent over by Michail Antonio, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

60:50

Michail Antonio produces a cross, clearance made by Gael Givet.

59:36

Michail Antonio takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

59:22

The ball is delivered by Lewis Buxton, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

58:37

The ball is sent over by Bradley Orr.

56:44

The ball is swung over by Daniel Jones, Scott Dann gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ross Barkley played to the near post, clearance by Bradley Orr. Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Save made by Chris Kirkland.

55:38

Jermaine Johnson crosses the ball, clearance by Scott Dann.

54:46

The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio, blocked by Martin Olsson.

53:43

Daniel Jones sends in a cross.

52:40

Foul by Daniel Jones on Ruben Rochina, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Grant Hanley.

50:48

Chris Kirkland takes the direct free kick. Ross Barkley has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

50:48 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jason Lowe a yellow card.

50:25

Unfair challenge on Miguel Llera by Jason Lowe results in a free kick.

48:31

Unfair challenge on Michail Antonio by Colin Kazim-Richards results in a free kick. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

46:03

Foul by Dickson Etuhu on Michail Antonio, free kick awarded. Paul Corry delivers the ball, Header from close range by Miguel Llera misses to the right of the goal.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:06

Colin Kazim-Richards delivers the ball.

44:47

Jason Lowe challenges Jermaine Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

40:40

Dickson Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Barkley. Free kick taken by Jose Semedo.

39:10

Colin Kazim-Richards crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Gary Madine manages to make a clearance. Ruben Rochina takes a shot from 30 yards. Blocked by Paul Corry.

39:10 Booking

Booking Miguel Llera is shown a yellow card.

39:05

Unfair challenge on Ruben Rochina by Miguel Llera results in a free kick.

38:36

Jermaine Johnson delivers the ball, clearance by Bradley Orr.

38:00

Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.

35:59

The ball is crossed by Daniel Jones, Scott Dann gets a block in. Paul Corry takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Dickson Etuhu manages to make a clearance.

33:43 Substitution

Substitution Ruben Rochina replaces David Dunn.

31:49

Effort from the edge of the box by Michail Antonio goes wide of the right-hand upright.

29:14

Unfair challenge on Jermaine Johnson by Bradley Orr results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Miguel Llera from the free kick.

28:15

The ball is crossed by Miguel Llera.

26:29

The ball is crossed by Jermaine Johnson.

25:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Kazim-Richards on Miguel Llera. Jose Semedo takes the direct free kick.

24:03

Lewis Buxton delivers the ball, clearance by Grant Hanley. Corner taken by Paul Corry from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jordan Rhodes.

21:11

Bradley Orr concedes a free kick for a foul on Michail Antonio. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Corry from left wing, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

20:19

Colin Kazim-Richards takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

19:14

Jordan Rhodes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

17:08

Colin Kazim-Richards takes a shot. Corner from the right by-line taken by David Dunn, Dickson Etuhu produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

15:37

The ball is sent over by Jermaine Johnson, save by Paul Robinson. Inswinging corner taken by Paul Corry, Header from close in by Lewis Buxton misses to the left of the target.

12:27

David Dunn takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Gary Madine manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by David Dunn, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Gael Givet misses to the right of the target.

9:24

The ball is swung over by Colin Kazim-Richards. Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.

7:32

Gael Givet delivers the ball, Shot from close range by Colin Kazim-Richards misses to the right of the target.

6:36

The ball is delivered by Colin Kazim-Richards, Jermaine Johnson gets a block in.

5:52

The ball is delivered by Lewis Buxton, clearance by Scott Dann. Ross Barkley has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

4:52

The assist for the goal came from David Dunn.

4:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Grant Hanley - Blackburn 1 - 0 Sheff Wed Grant Hanley grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Sheff Wed.

4:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Colin Kazim-Richards by Ross Barkley. Martin Olsson restarts play with the free kick. A cross is delivered by David Dunn,

3:33

Jason Lowe has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

1:34

Paul Corry takes the outswinging corner, Gary Madine has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

1:21

Lewis Buxton delivers the ball, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

0:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Barkley on Jordan Rhodes. Gael Givet takes the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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