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Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday: John Buckley's late winner sees off Owls

John Buckley had been on the pitch just three minutes before hitting Blackburn's winner.
John Buckley (second from left) had been on the pitch just three minutes before hitting Blackburn's winner.

Blackburn scored twice in the final three minutes as John Buckley's first senior goal gave them victory over Sheffield Wednesday in a thrilling finale at Ewood Park.

Jacob Murphy thought he had earned the Owls all three points with just seven minutes remaining, nodding home from close range after Steven Fletcher's header hit the bar.

But Tosin Adarabioyo's looping header drew Rovers level five minutes later before 20-year-old midfielder Buckley's deflected shot ended Blackburn's six-game win drought.

Wednesday could have snatched a point in stoppage time but Fernando Forestieri hit the bar and Sam Hutchinson's follow-up was superbly saved by Rovers keeper Christian Walton.

Owls stopper Keiren Westwood had kept the visitors in the game with a string of second-half saves before winger Murphy - on loan from Newcastle - put them ahead against the run of play.

The veteran keeper denied Lewis Travis and Adam Armstrong before pulling off a superb stop to tip over a Joe Rothwell header that seemed destined for the top corner.

It appeared that his heroics would help the Owls to all three points and lift them to fourth in the Championship when Murphy netted his second goal since joining the club.

However, Adarabioyo - who had cleared a Dominic Iorfa header off the line in the first half - brought Blackburn level, the defender, on loan from Manchester City, finally finding a way past Westwood.

Buckley struck two minutes later to win it, his shot taking a helpful nick off an Owls defender past Westwood, to move Rovers up to 16th and establish a six-point cushion above the relegation places.

Even then, they needed the heroics of on-loan Brighton keeper Walton to deny Hutchinson after substitute Forestieri - introduced in the second half to boost a flagging Wednesday attack - had struck the woodwork.

Blackburn manager Toby Mowbray:

"I hope his (Buckley's) parents were here. John Buckley is a young player we trust and believe in but it's very difficult to give young boys game time when the team is struggling to win football matches.

"John is going to be a big player for this club in the future, I hope.

"I think that's why we're in football. I think these are days to remember for supporters of the club.

"The team kept going and got their rewards in the end for their team spirit and togetherness and I'm delighted for them.

"I was going to say 'let's hope we don't have that every week', but we would like that every week if we win. It's not easy on the heart strings."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It's a sickner, no two ways about it. We are disappointed.

"It was exactly what we prepared for; a competitive, strong game, both teams trying to push each other.

"To be in the position we prepared for and wanted to be in the 85th minute, where we had worked extremely hard to get in that position, we know full well ourselves...from being in control, with the goal and the three points, we should have seen that game out.

"There was a lack of concentration in that five minutes and a couple of individual mistakes where we got punished as heavily as you can get punished.

"Of course we didn't deserve that in terms of how we played the game but it happened and you can't afford that at any level."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 31Bennett
  • 2Nyambe
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 3Williams
  • 27Travis
  • 19DowningSubstituted forBuckleyat 87'minutes
  • 22HoltbySubstituted forRothwellat 67'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 7Armstrong
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forGrahamat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 8Rothwell
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 29Evans
  • 39Buckley

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 27Iorfa
  • 13Börner
  • 3Fox
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 20ReachSubstituted forMurphyat 70'minutes
  • 5Lee
  • 8PelupessySubstituted forForestieriat 61'minutes
  • 7K HarrisSubstituted forNuhiuat 77'minutes
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 11Winnall
  • 14Murphy
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 22Odubajo
  • 25Dawson
  • 29Hunt
  • 45Forestieri
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
14,147

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away18
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away13
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

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

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Elliott Bennett following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John Buckley replaces Stewart Downing.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Lee with a cross.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Kadeem Harris.

Attempt missed. Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.

Attempt saved. Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Armstrong with a cross.

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tosin Adarabioyo.

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacob Murphy replaces Adam Reach.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell replaces Lewis Holtby.

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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5Nottm Forest147431913625
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7Sheff Wed157351912724
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11Hull156452320322
12Birmingham157171620-422
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14Cardiff155642322121
15Derby155641820-221
16Blackburn155371922-318
17Millwall154651721-418
18Huddersfield154471721-416
19Reading144371620-415
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21Luton154292227-514
22Middlesbrough152671119-812
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