Millers held by Struggling Owls…
Rotherham United were held to a 2-2 draw with Sky Bet Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from striker Michael Smith and midfielder Richie Towell turned the game around following Lucas Joao’s opener, against the run of play, in first–half stoppage time.
Joao then popped up in the 64th minute to deny the Millers a first Championship win, on the road, in 36 games as Sheffield Wednesday earned a battling 2-2 draw.
It was the visitors who had the games first attempt, inside two minutes, midfielder Will Vaulks saw an effort blocked before, Vaulks’ free-kick was headed wide by Semi Ajayi.
Shortly after Anthony Forde sent in a low corner to the edge of the area to find Jon Taylor whose effort was wide, before a throw from Vaulks to Zak Vyner whose cross was cleared to Ryan Williams whose effort was blocked.
Before a long ball is half cleared by the hosts to Taylor whose effort was saved by Cameron Dawson.
It took until the 28th minute for the hosts best chance of the first–half as Barry Bannan sent Adam Reach clear but the former Middlesbrough midfielder’s effort went well wide of target.
Just before the break chances for both teams to take the lead, first Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Bannan crossed for Morgan Fox whose header was poor, at the other end, great play by Williams as he fed Vyner who found Taylor whose cross was excellent but no-one arriving to turn home at the back post.
In first–half stoppage time and against the run of play the hosts took the lead, Joao was sent clear and he drilled beyond Rodak.
Half-Time: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Rotherham United
Just like the first it was the visitors who were quicker out of the blocks after the restart, fifteen seconds to be precise, as they levelled the scores.
Vaulks played a good pass to send Smith through on goal and he finished brilliantly beyond Dawson.
Shortly after the equaliser, Atdhe Nuhiu saw his deflected shot saved by Marek Rodak, before Tom Lees could only head wide from Bannan’s corner.
The visitors then turned the game on it’s head when Richie Towell’s low drive squirmed through the arms of Dawson and into the bottom corner, the goal sent quite a bit of unrest from the home faithful.
Nuihu then stumbled to the ground trying to win a penalty but the referee, Mr Bond, waved away the appeals.
Joao then broke through and he eventually got a shot away at Rodak who made a comfortable save, before a cross from the left was met by the head of Joao and the scores were level once more, striker Joao, got his second of the game.
With 24 minutes remaining, the hosts forced a corner, before Bannan saw an effort blocked and the visitors cleared the danger. Vaulks played a very clever free-kick outwide to Taylor whose low cross was cleared before Richard Wood to get on the end of it.
Another visitors free-kick caused problems as Forde’s set-piece was turned behind by Fox, from the corner no-one for the visitors couldn’t make contact.
The visitors had a good chance to get back infront following a cross by Williams who found Smith who layed it off nicely for Vaulks who snatched at the effort and sent it wide.
Vaulks sent a great ball into Smith who cushioned an header for Towell who could only blaze over the bar, the last chance of the game fell the way of the hosts as Nuihu fired over from Reach’s cross.
The pressure remains on Owls boss Jos Luhukay as the hosts fans were chanting for him to be sacked or resign, as for the Millers and Paul Warne, the wait for a Championship win on the road continues.
Full-Time: Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Rotherham United
Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Fox, Pelupessy (Matias 77), Bannan, Thorniley (Pudil 46), Lees (capt), Nuhiu, Joao, Reach, Baker, Hector.
Substitutes (not used): Wildsmith (GK), Palmer, Onomah, Fletcher, Penney.
Goals: Joao 45+1′, 64′
Booked: Bannan (Foul)
Rotherham United: Rodak, Vyner, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Wood (capt), Forde (Wiles 73), Taylor, Towell, Williams, Smith.
Substitutes (not used): Palmer, Proctor, Manning, Newell, Raggett, Bilboe (GK).
Goals: Smith 46′, Towell 55′
Referee: D Bond
Assistants: A Fox and P Dermott
Fourth Official: D England
Picture Credit: Rotherham United