Blackburn failed to secure a third consecutive Championship win as they were held to a goalless draw by strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.

Both sides had chances to secure three points, with Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede going closest for the play-off chasing hosts at Ewood Park.

Atdhe Nuhiu provided the main threat for the Owls, forcing two spectacular saves from Simon Eastwood.

Goals run dry

Before this goalless draw, the last five meetings between the teams featured 19 goals

Despite their efforts, the result kept Wednesday in the relegation places.

For Blackburn, they are three points away from sixth place after previously closing on the play-off spots with victories against Yeovil and Millwall.

It was the visitors who made the brightest start, and Nuhiu's glancing header produced a fine stop from Eastwood.

Rovers responded through Rhodes, who was denied by Chris Kirkland after latching onto an inexplicably poor header from defender Roger Johnson.

The finest chance of the game came two minutes before the break as Eastwood produced a superb fingertip save from Nuhiu's header.

Rovers have lost just once in their last nine matches at Ewood, and pushed for a winner in the second half. Gestede shot weakly after sprinting past Glenn Loovens and Josh King fired straight at Kirkland, who gathered at the second attempt..

A frantic finish followed, but neither side could force a winner. The result was met by booing from the Rovers support, frustrated at the dropped points.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer:

"There's a chorus of boos around the ground which I don't quite understand because we have to remember where we've come from, where we are now, and how much further we can go.

"I think points are very difficult to come by in the Championship and we have to respect the point today. We created some good chances but weren't ruthless enough in front of goal.

"There have been several times this season when people have said to me, 'last season we wouldn't have got the draw', so the progress we're making is decent."

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray:

"I thought we had the better of the first half and had the better chances. Atdhe [Nuhiu] is unlucky not to score, with a couple of good saves by their goalkeeper.

"It's nice to get a clean sheet. We've had back-to-back clean sheets away and you can't undervalue the point.

"I thought the two centre halves kept Jordan Rhodes very quiet. When you come to Blackburn, 95% of their goals probably come through Jordan, so credit to the defenders."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 27 Henley Booked
  • 03 Spurr Booked
  • 06 Lowe
  • 16 Dann
  • 05 Hanley
  • 12 Marshall
  • 45 Cairney (Rochina - 81' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 19 Taylor (King - 50' )
  • 39 Gestede (Williamson - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Kane
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 07 King
  • 10 Campbell
  • 17 Williamson
  • 23 Rochina
  • 34 Kean

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 22 Palmer
  • 03 Johnson
  • 27 McPhail (McCabe - 78' )
  • 08 Johnson
  • 36 Loovens
  • 20 Lee
  • 06 Semedo
  • 34 Nuhiu (Mattock - 84' )
  • 10 Maghoma (Johnson - 75' )
  • 17 Helan

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 16 McCabe
  • 18 Maguire
  • 19 Mattock
  • 26 Martinez
  • 32 Llera
  • 35 Olofinjana
Ref: David Coote
Att: 18,539

Match Stats

Shots

12 4

On target

4 1

Corners

4 4

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +3:10

Attempt blocked. Rhys McCabe (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:08

Attempt blocked. Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:04

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +1:04

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:49 Booking

Booking Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:34

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

86:34

Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Joe Mattock replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

82:58

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

82:17

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:17

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

80:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Rubén Rochina replaces Tom Cairney.

80:40

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:40

Foul by Rhys McCabe (Sheffield Wednesday).

79:23

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:23

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

77:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Rhys McCabe replaces Stephen McPhail.

75:41

Hand ball by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

75:11

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

74:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Jacques Maghoma.

74:15

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joshua King with a cross.

72:14

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Stephen McPhail tries a through ball, but Liam Palmer is caught offside.

67:41

Attempt blocked. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:36

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:36

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

64:57

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

60:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Rudy Gestede.

59:54

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

59:10

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:10

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

56:36

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

56:36

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:11

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jordan Rhodes.

55:10

Attempt blocked. Stephen McPhail (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:53

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

53:53

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:10 Booking

Booking Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:53

Foul by Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers).

52:53

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:40

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

49:42

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

47:47

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

47:03

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

47:03

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +6:39 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +4:47

Hand ball by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:00 +4:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +4:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Chris Taylor because of an injury.

43:30

Delay in match Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

43:19

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

43:19

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:41

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

42:38

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen McPhail with a cross.

42:12

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

42:12

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:26

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

41:26

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:58

Foul by Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers).

39:58

Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:39

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Glenn Loovens tries a through ball, but Jeremy Helan is caught offside.

34:43

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Reda Johnson.

34:09

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kieran Lee.

34:08

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

33:15

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

31:31

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

27:41

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

25:04

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

24:38

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:38

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

23:16

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

17:26

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

17:26

Stephen McPhail (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:48

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:48

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

15:59

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

12:38

Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:38

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

11:57

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

11:55

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Scott Dann.

11:16

Foul by Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

11:16

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:17

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Stephen McPhail tries a through ball, but Liam Palmer is caught offside.

6:16

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

5:21

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

5:21

Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:01

Stephen McPhail (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:01

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

4:12

Hand ball by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

2:02

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:02

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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