Result: Sheffield Wednesday 0 Rotherham United 0

Gary Taylor Fletcher is inches wide for Wednesday against the Millers
Gary Taylor Fletcher is inches wide for Wednesday against the Millers
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A tense and nervy South Yorkshire derby between the Owls and the Millers ended goalless at Hillsborough.

Both sides bore the weight of poor runs, making for nervous play for much of the game for both camps.

Rotherham's Craig Morgan stops  Jacques Maghoma

Rotherham's Craig Morgan stops Jacques Maghoma

The Millers had the better of the chances in a poor first half.

But Wednesday finished the game stronger after a much more open second half.

The Millers had the better of the chances in a nervy goalless first half at Hillsborough.

Paul Green in particular missed two glorious opportunities to put his side in front with a pair of free headers in the box while Ben Pringle also missed a good chance from the edge of the box.

Rotherham's Lee Frecklington is fouled by Jeremy Helan in the Millers' recent South Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday

Rotherham's Lee Frecklington is fouled by Jeremy Helan in the Millers' recent South Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday

Wednesday started the game the brighter but lacked quality in the final third.

Rotherham took their time to come out of their shell but began to show much more attacking composure as the half wore on.

The Millers had the game’s first real attempt on 12 minutes. Alex Revell sent a high header into the box and Craig Morgan met the ball with a flick that flew harmlessly over.

Wednesday responded with a chance of their own on 14 minutes. Jeremy Helan sent in a cross from the left and Gary Taylor-Fletcher squeezed in between two defenders to get a touch and send the ball skidding narrowly wide.

Owls Jacques Maghoma is held up by Millers Paul Green

Owls Jacques Maghoma is held up by Millers Paul Green

Green should have put the Millers ahead on 22 minutes. He met a Ben Pringle corner in space but sent his header wide of the post.

And the same man was involved in the same scenario three minutes later. Green got in ahead of Owls keeper Keiren Westwood to meet Pringle’s free kick but powered over the bar.

It was Rotherham who had the first chance on goal. Revell picked out Pringle 25 yards from goal and his low shot took a deflection but straight into the arms of Westwood.

The Owls suffered a blow as half time loomed when Taylor-Fletcher was forced off through injury. The forward fell awkwardly in a tussle and received another knock on the head moments later which left him noticably groggy,

His replacement Atdhe Nuhiu had a chance in stoppage time but drilled a half volley over the bar after a knock down by Giles Coke.

A calamatous moment from the Millers almost gifted Wednesday the lead early in the second half.

A driven kick from Westwood sent Nuhiu heading towards goal. Broadfoot, under pressure, sent a heavy pass back towards Adam Collin who scuffed his kick narrowly wide of his own net.

Wednesday were almost caught out in a similar situation moments later. A soft pass back from Jeremy Helan forced Westwood into a quick kick which cannoned back off Revell and went just wide.

A superb counterattack from Rotherham almost brought them the opener.

After Stevie May was denied with an excellent block from Ritchie Smallwood, the Millers broke at pace. Revell found Frazer Richardson on the edge of the area but the full back drilled narrowly over the bar.

The game opened up after the hour mark with both sides looking to shake off the shackles.

It took 75 minutes for the Owls to register their first attempt on target.

Helan did extremely well to keep hold of the ball as he darted into the area and lashed a shot at the near post which Collin palmed away.

Glenn Loovens met the subsequent corner with an ambitious overhead kick that dropped just wide of the post.

The Millers had the ball in the net on 78 minutes when Lee Frecklington was released before slamming his shot off the post only to see the assistant’s flag raised.

Wednesday had a big shout for a penalty ten minutes from time. Substitute Kieran Lee turned Broadfoot in the area and was seemingly wrestled to the ground by referee Miller was unmoved.

May turned well on the edge of the area on 85 minutes and fired low but Collin parried well before claiming the ball at the second attempt.

May had another chance to be the hero two minutes from time. After Semedo was pushed over on the edge of the area, the forward curled the subsequent free kick which Collin lost sight off and unconvincingly pushed away.

Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Loovens, Helan, Maguire (Lee), Coke, Semedo, Maghoma, Taylor-Fletcher (Nuhiu), May.

Subs not used: Kirkland, McCabe, Corry, Young, Dielna.

Millers: Collin, Richardson, Broadfoot, Morgan, Skarz, Taylor, Smallwood, Green, Pringle, Frecklington, Revell.

Subs not used: Loach, Wood, Bowery, Milsom, Derbyshire, Wordsworth, Clarke-Harris.

Referee: Nigel Miller (County Durham)

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