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Sheffield Wednesday 3-3 Blackburn Rovers

96 blue seats at the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough are replaced by 96 white seats to represent the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the Hillsborough disaster

Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn shared the points on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at the Owls' home ground.

Owls coach Stuart Gray and Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer laid wreaths in front of the stand where the 96 Liverpool fans died in 1989.

Jordan Rhodes put Rovers ahead and Lewis Buxton levelled before Craig Conway and Michael Keane made it 3-1.

Atdhe Nuhiu pulled one back and then scored an equaliser in injury time.

The day saw tributes to the Liverpool fans killed in a crush inside Hillsborough at their FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.

As well as the wreaths, Wednesday had marked the day by changing 96 blue seats to white on the lower tier of the West Stand at the Leppings Lane end of the ground, and placing a single red rose on each of them.

Matches in leagues across England kicked off seven minutes late to remember the fans who died on 15 April 1989.

When the game began, Blackburn took the lead when the Owls failed to clear and Rhodes was left to round Chris Kirkland and slot home.

Buxton levelled when he forced the ball home from a corner but Blackburn went back in front through Conway's low shot and Keane's header doubled their lead.

Nuhiu pulled one goal back from close range when Paul Robinson failed to deal with Michail Antonio's low cross and levelled in the fifth minute of injury time by firing high into the roof of the net.

Nuhiu almost claimed his third and Wednesday's fourth before the final whistle, but Robinson beat away his shot.

Stuart Gray

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray:

"No father, no mother, or no son or daughter should lose anybody at a football game.

"It was just a sad, sad occasion, what happened 25 years ago - but I think the players played their part, the fans played their apart and both clubs played their part today."

Gray on his side's comeback: "Credit to my players. They kept going and kept going. I have just got to give my players a pat on the back because they kept going."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer on his side's draw:

"With four games to go we have just to try and win all four games and that's all we can do.

"If you look at the game as a whole we have had enough chances to win it. It was naive in terms of our defending towards the end of the game."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Kirkland
  • 2Buxton
  • 19MattockSubstituted forHelanat 60'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 8Onyewu
  • 32LleraBooked at 45mins
  • 18Maguire
  • 41HutchinsonBooked at 75minsSubstituted forAfobeat 79'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 34NuhiuBooked at 83mins
  • 22PalmerSubstituted forLaveryat 59'minutes
  • 7Antonio

Substitutes

  • 11Johnson
  • 14Coke
  • 15Taylor
  • 17Helan
  • 25Lavery
  • 26Martinez
  • 28Afobe

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 16Keane
  • 3Spurr
  • 6Lowe
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 5HanleyBooked at 56mins
  • 45Cairney
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 75mins
  • 39GestedeBooked at 80mins
  • 11RhodesBooked at 90minsSubstituted forVarneyat 90+2'minutes
  • 32Conway

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 7King
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Olsson
  • 15Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Feeney
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
22,792

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home19
Away19
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 3, Blackburn Rovers 3.

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

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 3, Blackburn Rovers 3. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

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

Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lewis Buxton with a headed pass following a corner.

Booking

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

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

Booking

Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Booking

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Oguchi Onyewu.

Booking

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Benik Afobe replaces Sam Hutchinson.

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

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Blackburn Rovers 3. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley42231453183
3Derby42229112775
4QPR422110111573
5Wigan411910121467
6Brighton421713121264
7Ipswich42171312864
8Reading411712121363
9Bournemouth42171114162
10Blackburn42151512360
11Nottm Forest42141711459
12Middlesbrough421416121058
13Watford411415121657
14Bolton42131514-254
15Sheff Wed42121416050
16Leeds4214820-950
17Huddersfield42121020-946
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster42111021-2643
20Blackpool42101220-2642
21Charlton40101119-2341
22Millwall4291320-3040
23Yeovil4281222-2536
24Barnsley4181221-2936
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