A late Atdhe Nuhiu penalty secured Sheffield Wednesday a controversial victory over 10-man Middlesbrough.

Boro's Jacob Butterfield had a strike which appeared to cross the goalline ruled out before Leon Best went close for Wednesday.

The decisive moment of the game came late in the second half when Dean Whitehead was deemed to have handled Best's stab towards goal.

The midfielder was sent off and Nuhiu struck from the spot to secure victory.

Nuhiu's goal maintains Wednesday's fine record against Middlesbrough at Hillsborough, where the Owls have now beaten the visitors in five of their past six meetings. The win also ended their run of three successive home defeats in all competitions.

But Boro are now winless in seven games, failing to score in any of those.

The visitors had their chances against Wednesday, with Kei Kamara firing a first-time volley straight at Chris Kirkland and Butterfield's driving effort cannoning off both uprights before Kirkland gathered. The ball looked to have crossed the line but no goal was given.

Wednesday appealed for a penalty before the interval when Boro captain Jonathan Woodgate appeared to clatter midfielder Sam Hutchinson, but referee Andy D'Urso dismissed the home side's appeals.

After the break, the lively Chris Maguire sent a free-kick over the crossbar before Hutchinson tested Boro's debutant goalkeeper Tomas Mejias from long range.

It was then midfielder Giles Coke's turn to be denied by Mejias before Whitehead was sent off for conceded the 87th-minute penalty, which Nuhiu converted coolly.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka on Jacob Butterfield's disallowed goal: "I can't say anything because I couldn't see the ball.

"For me, the linesman couldn't see the goal in our favour and he could see the penalty. This is the problem.

"We lost the game because we didn't play well. I don't have to put excuses on the referee or linesman. We had four or five chances to score and if we had scored a goal we would have won the game."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray: "We deserved the win. The disappointing thing was the first half - there was no intensity.

"One thing you do know is that Middlesbrough are going to have a lot of possession of the ball so we tried nullifying that by pressing them up high but, then, it was one, two, maybe three touches too much instead of moving the ball quicker.

"If you'd said to me before the game: 'Play ugly and win one-nil', I'd have snatched your hand off."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 22 Palmer
  • 19 Mattock (Helan - 42' )
  • 14 Coke Booked
  • 08 Onyewu
  • 36 Loovens
  • 18 Maguire (Nuhiu - 71' Booked )
  • 41 Hutchinson
  • 42 Best
  • 25 Lavery
  • 10 Maghoma (Johnson - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 13 Davies
  • 17 Helan
  • 28 Afobe
  • 32 Llera
  • 34 Nuhiu
  • 40 Gardner

Middlesbrough

  • 35 Mejias Osorio
  • 08 Varga
  • 03 Friend Booked
  • 24 Chalobah
  • 39 Woodgate (Gibson - 45' )
  • 25 Omeruo
  • 06 Butterfield (Main - 75' )
  • 18 Whitehead Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 29 Kamara
  • 09 Graham
  • 27 Adomah (Ledesma - 58' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 10 Tomlin
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 22 Gibson
  • 23 Main
  • 28 Morris
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 20,743

Match Stats

Shots

18 7

On target

6 4

Corners

6 5

Fouls

11 23

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 0.

90:00 +4:27 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 0.

90:00 +3:14

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

89:40 Booking

Booking Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:37

Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

89:25

József Varga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:23

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

88:23

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:15 Booking

Booking Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

86:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 0. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

85:14 Dismissal

Dismissal Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) is shown the red card.

84:51

Penalty conceded by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

84:29

Attempt blocked. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

84:03

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

84:03

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

83:39

Offside, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead tries a through ball, but Kei Kamara is caught offside.

80:41

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:41

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

79:32

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

79:25

Foul by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

78:26

Attempt blocked. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:20

Attempt saved. Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

76:49

Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

76:43

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

76:00

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

74:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Jacob Butterfield.

73:21

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

72:09

Offside, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma is caught offside.

71:54

Attempt saved. Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Caolan Lavery with a cross.

71:08

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

71:07

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

70:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Chris Maguire.

68:51

Offside, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma tries a through ball, but Dean Whitehead is caught offside.

68:16

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

68:15

Attempt blocked. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson.

66:33

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:33

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

65:38

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

65:38

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:02

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

63:06

Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:06

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

61:35 Substitution

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

61:02

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:02

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

59:44

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Chris Kirkland.

59:34

Attempt saved. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

59:26

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a through ball.

58:41

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

57:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma replaces Albert Adomah.

57:13

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma following a corner.

56:42

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tomás Mejías.

56:40

Attempt saved. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Giles Coke.

56:30

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caolan Lavery.

55:28

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

53:00

Foul by Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday).

53:00

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:47

Attempt saved. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson.

52:13

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:13

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

51:14

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

50:25

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:25

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

49:42

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

49:42

József Varga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:19

Offside, Middlesbrough. Nathaniel Chalobah tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

48:40

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

48:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:29

Delay in match Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

45:54

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ben Gibson replaces Jonathan Woodgate.

45:00 +2:26 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +1:58

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tomás Mejías.

45:00 +1:28

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +1:28

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

44:46

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

44:46

Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:44

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

41:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Joe Mattock because of an injury.

41:26 Booking

Booking George Friend (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:18

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:18

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

39:51

Offside, Middlesbrough. Nathaniel Chalobah tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

38:23

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:23

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

37:30

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson.

35:59 Booking

Booking Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:45

Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:45

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

34:31

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Kirkland tries a through ball, but Jacques Maghoma is caught offside.

32:36

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

31:07

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:07

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

30:58

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

29:51

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Palmer with a cross.

27:47

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

27:02

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

27:02

Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:16

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Joe Mattock tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

24:13

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:13

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

21:42

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:42

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

19:53

Hand ball by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

19:12

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Giles Coke.

17:30

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:30

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

13:25

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:25

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

13:10

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:10

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

12:21

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques Maghoma tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

12:03

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

12:03

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:23

Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

10:40

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

6:20

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

6:20

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

5:35

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:35

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

4:56

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

4:56

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

3:49

Attempt saved. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

0:43

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday).

0:43

Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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