Sheffield Wednesday extended their unbeaten Championship start to four matches with a narrow win against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

The Owls cruised into a 3-0 lead before the home side fought back in the last 20 minutes to set up a nervy finish.

Atdhe Nuhiu bundled in the opener from a corner, then new signing Stevie May clipped in his first goal for the club.

Nuhiu headed in a third after the break before Boro's Grant Leadbitter reduced the gap with two penalties.

Rare Owls win on Teesside

Sheffield Wednesday won at Middlesbrough for the first time since a 2-0 victory in the old Division Two on New Year's Day 1991.

But there was little time for the home side to push for a leveller as the Owls held on to move into the top six.

Stuart Gray's side have made a solid start, winning two and drawing two, despite the ongoing uncertainty of Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov's takeover lingering in the background.

Defeat means Middlesbrough, under the guidance of former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka, continue their mixed start to the league season.

Boro were among the pre-season favourites for promotion, but have won and lost alternately in their opening four matches.

Wednesday took the lead after some dreadful defending from the hosts.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray

After Boro goalkeeper Tomas Mejias failed to deal with Jacques Maghoma's corner, the home defence could not clear, allowing Nuhiu to fire in with the help of a deflection.

Wednesday doubled their advantage when Scotland Under-21 forward May, who recently signed from St Johnstone, looped a delightful volley over Mejias with the outside of his boot.

Nuhiu used his head to glance Jacques Maghoma's vicious delivery past the Spanish keeper for the third, prompting some home fans to head for the exit.

Karanka's men were given a lifeline when Leadbitter converted after Owls defender Glenn Loovens brought down striker Kike.

The midfielder made no mistake again from the spot when Tom Lees handled, but Wednesday held on to the delight of almost 2,000 travelling fans.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray said: "Considering it took us so long to win last season, it is a great start.

"We scored three great goals, hit the post a couple of times and looked a very good side. I am pleased for the boys. The spirit in the camp is fantastic."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said: "It is very difficult to explain. I prefer to keep calm now and analyse the game when I arrive home.

"I don't know if some of my players think they are untouchable but it is disappointing the way some played."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Middlesbrough

  • 40 Mejias Osorio
  • 03 Friend
  • 04 Ayala Booked
  • 22 Omeruo
  • 02 Abella Perez Booked (Clayton - 45' )
  • 27 Adomah
  • 20 Reach
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 07 Leadbitter Booked
  • 10 Tomlin (Williams - 66' )
  • 09 Garcia Martinez

Substitutes

  • 08 Clayton
  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 14 Williams
  • 15 Hines
  • 17 Husband
  • 24 Nsue Lopez
  • 30 Fewster

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Westwood
  • 05 Loovens Booked
  • 15 Lees
  • 03 Mattock
  • 08 Palmer
  • 14 Coke
  • 10 Maguire Booked
  • 19 Maghoma (McCabe - 89' )
  • 06 Semedo Booked
  • 09 Nuhiu (Madine - 71' )
  • 07 May (Helan - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 16 McCabe
  • 17 Helan
  • 18 Zayatte
  • 21 Corry
  • 22 Floro
  • 24 Madine
  • 43 Kirkland
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 17,820

Match Stats

Shots

16 12

On target

5 5

Corners

6 5

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Sheffield Wednesday 3.

90:00 +4:56 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Sheffield Wednesday 3.

90:00 +3:19

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

90:00 +3:19

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Sheffield Wednesday 3. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

90:00 +0:21 Booking

Booking Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

90:00 +0:01

Penalty conceded by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

89:56

Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

88:48

Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Kike is caught offside.

88:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Rhys McCabe replaces Jacques Maghoma.

87:41

Attempt blocked. Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

86:00 Booking

Booking Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:51

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

85:51

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

83:44

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

83:44

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

83:16

Attempt saved. Luke Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:42

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

81:08

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:08

Foul by Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday).

80:23 Booking

Booking Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

80:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Stevie May.

79:31

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

78:22

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

78:22

Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:29

Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Luke Williams is caught offside.

77:00

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

76:07

Hand ball by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

75:07

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tomás Mejías.

75:05

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

75:04

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Stevie May with a cross.

71:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Sheffield Wednesday 3. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

71:10

Penalty Middlesbrough. Kike draws a foul in the penalty area.

71:10

Penalty conceded by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) after a foul in the penalty area.

70:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Gary Madine replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

68:51

Attempt missed. Luke Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

68:26

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

65:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Luke Williams replaces Lee Tomlin.

65:07

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

65:07

Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:00

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

63:44

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a through ball.

62:53

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

58:51

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

58:51

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

56:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Sheffield Wednesday 3. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross following a set piece situation.

56:01

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

56:01

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:26

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

53:39

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

52:53

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

52:53

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

51:25

Attempt saved. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

49:09

Offside, Middlesbrough. Lee Tomlin tries a through ball, but Kike is caught offside.

47:20

Attempt blocked. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:53

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:53

Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:47

Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

45:29

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Chris Maguire.

45:20

Attempt blocked. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

45:00

Second Half begins Middlesbrough 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton replaces Damiá.

45:00 +3:45 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

45:00 +1:23 Booking

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

45:00 +1:15

Foul by Damiá (Middlesbrough).

45:00 +1:15

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

45:00 +0:28

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Lees.

41:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

40:41 Booking

Booking Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:28

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

40:28

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

37:10

Offside, Middlesbrough. Damiá tries a through ball, but Kike is caught offside.

37:06

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:06

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

35:27 Booking

Booking Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:16

Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:16

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

35:00

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:00

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

33:39

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

33:39

Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:15

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

29:15

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

25:52

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross following a corner.

25:20

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

24:48

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

24:48

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

22:48

Attempt saved. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

20:55

Offside, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

19:47

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

19:47

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

18:33

Attempt missed. Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

15:33

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left from a direct free kick.

14:40

Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:40

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

13:58

Attempt blocked. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

13:28

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

13:28

Dangerous play by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

12:48

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

8:55

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

8:46

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kike.

5:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range to the top right corner following a corner.

5:16

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lees with a headed pass.

4:39

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

4:28

Attempt blocked. Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

1:10

Attempt missed. Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

0:41

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Lees.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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