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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Blackburn Rovers: Owls boost slim survival hopes with win

Sheffield Wednesday
Josh Windass (second right) took his tally for the season to nine

Sheffield Wednesday boosted their hopes of staying in the Championship with a narrow win over Blackburn Rovers.

A deflected shot from Josh Windass gave the hosts the lead before the break after Kadeem Harris had teed him up.

John Buckley had a great chance to level for the visitors but shot straight at Keiren Westwood and Julian Borner forced a save from Thomas Kaminski in the Rovers goal from Barry Bannan's corner.

The Owls would have been relegated on Tuesday if they had lost and Derby won at Preston but their victory, allied to the Rams' 3-0 reverse at Deepdale, moved them to within four points of safety with three games to play.

Wednesday visit Middlesbrough on Saturday before hosting Nottingham Forest and then ending the season with a home game against Wayne Rooney's side.

Derby have now lost their past four games and face in-form Birmingham City, who have climbed away from trouble, on Saturday.

The hosts just about deserved the vital three points but were perhaps fortunate that Buckley could not make better connection with his shot after being set up by Adam Armstrong.

Blackburn's season is coming to a disappointing end, with defeat at Hillsborough meaning they have won just two of their past 17 matches.

Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager Jamie Smith told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought they were really disciplined throughout the game and scored a good goal against a very good Blackburn team.

"Although they did have a lot of possession in the second half, I thought we were disciplined without the ball.

"It just gives us belief. That's all we keep talking about - belief and being positive. We've got three games to go and we will be doing all we can to win those three games and see where we are."

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray:

"It's about trying to improve the individuals as we go along so that when we get opportunities, they pick the right pass and turn opportunities into goals.

"We need to keep working hard in training. That's all you can do.

"It's going to be a summer of pretty big change, I think. There are a lot of loan players and players out of contract so we'll see how good recruitment is because that's important."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Westwood
  • 6HutchinsonBooked at 15mins
  • 15Lees
  • 13BörnerSubstituted forUrhoghideat 90+1'minutes
  • 2Palmer
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 10BannanBooked at 80mins
  • 11Reach
  • 7K HarrisSubstituted forGreenat 75'minutes
  • 18Windass
  • 20RhodesSubstituted forPatersonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Paterson
  • 14Penney
  • 16Green
  • 17Dele-Bashiru
  • 19Urhoghide
  • 26Shaw
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 29Hunt
  • 34Brennan

Blackburn

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Kaminski
  • 31Bennett
  • 26Lenihan
  • 22Harwood-Bellis
  • 15Douglas
  • 29EvansBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBuckleyat 68'minutes
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forBreretonat 68'minutes
  • 8RothwellBooked at 73minsSubstituted forDolanat 84'minutes
  • 16ElliottSubstituted forDowningat 67'minutes
  • 7Armstrong
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forTravisat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 6Downing
  • 13Pears
  • 17Bell
  • 18Davenport
  • 20Brereton
  • 21Buckley
  • 27Travis
  • 39Dolan
Referee:
Paul Tierney

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Osaze Urhoghide.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Osaze Urhoghide replaces Julian Börner because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tyrhys Dolan replaces Joe Rothwell.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

  13. Booking

    Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Andre Green replaces Kadeem Harris.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Callum Paterson replaces Jordan Rhodes.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  20. Booking

    Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

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