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MATCHDAY LIVE: Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn Rovers
Updated 5:04pm Saturday 12th April 2014 in Football
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- WELCOME to Hillsborough for today's Championship clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers. Keep up with the action with our matchday live blog.
FULL-TIME Wednesday 3 Rovers 3.
GOAL 3-3 Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu. 94th minute.
Five minutes injury-time, 90!seconds of which played. Tense stuff.
Jordan Rhodes misses a massive chance to seal it, Jordan Rhodes firing into the side-netting when Rudy Gestede was better placed.
Rudy Gestede blazes over from distance after being booked for diving for going over in the area. Looked harsh.
Michail Antonio beats Michael Keane for pace down the left and his driven cross is parried by Paul Robinson into the path of the giant striker, who stabbed home. Game on.
GOAL 2-3 Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu. 73mins.
Michail Antonio cross-shot hits bar with Chris Maguire unable to turn in rebound.
Rudy Gestede flick and Chris Kirkland saves one-on-one from Jordan Rhodes, who then pulls the ball back to Gestede, whose close-range effort is blocked on the line.
Long free kick from Paul Robinson headed over by Rudy Gestede.
Jordan Rhodes goal correctly ruled put for offside. Some finish though.
Under way again.
HALF-TIME Wednesday 1 Rovers 3.
Tom Cairney out wide to Jason Lowe, whose superb first time cross is headed in by the unmarked Michael Keane. The ball made it.
GOAL 3-1 Rovers. Michael Keane. 43 mins.
Excellent block by Jason Lowe as the hosts threaten an equaliser. Frenetic stuff.
Long punt forward from Paul Robinson finds its way to Jordan Rhodes, who controls and then lays the ball off to Craig Conway, who cuts inside and from 30 yards sends a right-footed drive into the bottom corner.
GOAL 2-1 Rovers. Craig Conway. 36 mins.
After Paul Robinson made a brilliant save from Michail Antonio, the resulting corner is flicked on at the near post by Antonio and touched in at the back post by Lewis Buxton.
GOAL 1-1Wednesday. Lewis Buxton. 30 mins.
Tom Cairney cross spilled by Chris Kirkland to the feet of Jordan Rhodes but he can only side foot against the keeper, who was on the ground.
Great save Paul Robinson, denying Atdhe Nuhiu one-on-one after Michail Antonio latched upon Grant Hanley's poor header and played the striker in.
Tommy Spurr's scuffed shot not cleared and Jordan Rhodes nips in, steps past Chris Kirkland and taps the ball into the empty net. 24 for the season for Rhodes - and he won't get an easier one. Comical defending.
GOAL 1-0 Rovers. Jordan Rhodes. 15 mins.
Scrappy start, Owls slightly the sharper, but no chances.
Jason Lowe drags wide from 20 yards after good build up play between Lee Williamson and Michael Keane.
And we are under way.
Minute's silence impeccably observed.
Teams are out. Rovers in their changed red strip.
Twenty-five years ago Rovers boss Gary Bowyer was standing with his fellow Nottingham Forest fans as the Hillsborough disaster unfolded directly in front of him.
This afternoon he is back at Hillsborough, for the clash with Wednesday, and back to the scene where 96 innocent Liverpool supporters lost their lives on that fateful day on April 15, 1989.
Before the 3.07pm kick-off Bowyer and his Owls counterpart Stuart Gray will lay wreaths in the centre circle before joining their players for a minute’s silence.
Once the minute’s silence is over the two managers will gather the wreaths and lay them in front of the Leppings Lane end – where the 96 died and hundreds of others were injured – before making their way to the technical areas for the start of the match.
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Onyewu, Hutchinson, Llera, Antonio, Palmer, Lee, Mattock, Maguire, Nuhiu. Subs: Martinez, Johnson, Coke, Taylor, Helan, Lavery, Afobe.
Rovers: Robinson, Keane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Cairney, Lowe, Williamson, Conway, Gestede, Rhodes. Subs: Eastwood, Kane, King, Olsson, Varney, Taylor, Feeney.
The Owls make three changes as fit-again duo Sam Hutchinson and Oguchi Onyewu come in for Giles Coke and Jeremy Helan while Atdhe Nuhiu takes the place of the ineligible Leon Best, whose loan from Rovers states he cannot play against his parent club.
Rovers have named an unchanged team for today’s Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has kept faith with the starting XI that started Tuesday’s home win over QPR.
The rousing 2-0 triumph stretched Bowyer’s in-form side’s unbeaten run to seven matches and moved them within four points of the play-offs.
But there is no place on the bench for David Dunn, who has picked up what the club describe as a knock, or Dickson Etuhu, who suffered a hamstring injury after coming on as an 85th-minute substitute against QPR.
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