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Rovers 1 Sheff Wed 0

24 October 2012

Rovers 1 Sheff Wed 0

Rovers picked up a welcome win and clean sheet with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

The only goal of the game came after just five minutes when Grant Hanley capitalised on great play by David Dunn to fire home from close-range for his second goal of the season.

That prompted a spell of pressure from the home side but they couldn't grab a second, Jordan Rhodes, Gael Givet and Colin Kazim-Richards all going close.

As the half wore on Wednesday came back into the match, Michail Antonio firing just wide, and they took that form into the second half, Miguel Llera missing a great headed chance seconds after the restart.

Rovers had to soak up plenty of pressure at the back but with Grant Hanley and Scott Dann imperious there was no way through. Rovers could have added to their goal tally in the final moments as subs Ruben Rochina and Morten Gamst Pedersen both had shots saved.

The win breaks a spell of five without victory and a first for Eric Black.

Following the draw at Derby last Saturday, Eric Black made just the one change for the clash against the Owls.

It also meant a change in formation at the back as Grant Hanley came into the starting line-up replacing Morten Gamst Pedersen who dropped to the substitutes bench. Hanley's inclusion saw Gael Givet operating at left back with Martin Olsson employed further forward.

In chilly Ewood conditions it was the visitors who should have gone in front with their first attack of the game. A second minute corner kick from Paul Corry saw Gary Madine unmarked inside the six-yard box but he somehow headed over the bar.

Rovers' response was immediate, opening the scoring with their first meaningful foray forward in the 5th.

After being fouled, Colin Kazim-Richards took a quick free-kick to David Dunn and he beat two men in the box before pulling it across the area. The Rovers players were queuing up in the six-yard box to take advantage, Grant Hanley the player to do so as he slid the ball home for his second goal of the season.

That goal sparked Rovers into life as they then controlled the game, penning the visitors back. Colin Kazim-Richards volleyed wide before Jordan Rhodes saw a shot on the turn saved.

Gael Givet flashed an effort wide from a corner before Rhodes again went close with a lofted shot that flew narrowly over the bar.

As the half wore on Wednesday came more into the game with the lively Michail Antonio having their best chance. After getting the better of Bradley Orr the wide-man lashed the ball across goal but wide.

It had been a lively half hour for David Dunn but unfortunately he was unable to continue on 35 minutes. His replacement, Ruben Rochina, wasted little time in getting the fans on their feet with a thunderbolt of a shot that Chris Kirkland did well to parry away.

Like the first half Sheffield Wednesday started the second with a great headed chance. Again it was a Corry set-piece that produced the chance this time it was central defender Miguel Llera the man to waste the opportunity as he rose to meet it at the back post but he put his header across goal and wide.

Spurred on by a noisy away following the visitors continued to press for a way back into the game, enjoying plenty of possession, Lewis Buxton going close after getting the better of Olsson, Givet and Etuhu but the Owls defender lashed wide of goal.

At the other end Jordan Rhodes teed up Ruben Rochina on the corner of the area, the Spaniard let fly only for it to take a deflection which Kirkland saved well with his legs.

That attack was a rare respite as Wednesday continued to force the pace but with Grant Hanley and Scott Dann in commanding form at the back, Paul Robinson was rarely threatened.

The final minutes saw Rovers awaken from their slumber with two excellent chances in the closing stages.

An 83rd minute free-kick from Morten Gamst Pedersen almost crept home as it deflected enroute to the goal but a combination of Kirkland and Llera scrambled it away.

Then with Wednesday pushing forward Rochina caught Semedo in possession, he advanced towards goal at pace and with a trick he let fly left-footed but it was a whisker over the top as Kirkland got his fingertips to the ball.

Five additional minutes were played but Rovers were able to see the game out to claim a welcome win and up to fifth place in the table.

ROVERS: Robinson (c), Orr, Hanley, Dann, Givet, Orr, Lowe, Etuhu, Olsson (sub Pedersen 74 mins), Dunn (sub Rochina 35 mins), Kazim-Richards, Rhodes.

Subs not used: Kean (GK), Formica, Murphy, Nuno Gomes, Rosado.

Goals: Hanley 5 mins.

Booked: Lowe, Kazim-Richards.

SHEFF WED: Kirkland, Buxton, Jones (sub O'Grady 89 mins), Taylor (c), Llera, Semodo, Madine, Johnson, Barkley, Antonio, Corry (sub Rodri 76 mins).

Subs not used: Davies (GK), Mattock, McGuire, Mayor, Pecnik.

Goals: None.

Booked: Llera.

Attendance: 13,782

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