Sheffield Wednesday: Owls will be content to be popping up the road!

Deon Burton was an Owls scorer in the 2007 Carling Cup tie at Millmoor.
Deon Burton was an Owls scorer in the 2007 Carling Cup tie at Millmoor.
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There would have been something of a contented feeling amongst Sheffield Wednesday followers when the Capital One Cup draw was made yesterday.

The major reason for their contentment? Check out Wednesday’s record whenever they pop up the road to play the Millers.

On the other hand, there may have been the merest spot of relief that it isn’t at home.

Yes, it may be something of a sweeping generalisation but you can find those who say Wednesday ‘always win’ in Rotherham whereas the Millers ‘always win’ at Hillsborough.

By a coincidence, Wednesday were the last opponents Rotherham played at Millmoor in this competition and they will be the first ones Rotherham will have played in it at the New York Stadium.

The clubs met at the start of Rotherham’s final season at Millmoor in August 2007 in what was then the Carling Cup.

Under the gaze of the live tv cameras, Wednesday won 3-1 with goals from Glenn Whelan, Deon Burton and Wade Small.

There is one Wednesday survivor from the side that day - Jermaine Johnson.

The clubs were also paired in the first round the following season this time at Hillsborough.

This tie went to extra-time which had a dramatic finale, Wednesday going in front three minutes from the end only for 10-man Rotherham to make it 2-2 right at the end of the extra period. The Millers then went through 5-3 on penalties.

Of course, it will be a full house of 12,000 with the away end housing around 2,300.

Apart from the two recent meetings the clubs have met twice previously in the competition.

Wednesday did not enter the competition - then plainly called Football League Cup - until 1966 and their first tie was at home to Rotherham who won 1-0 on a rainy night at Hillsborough.

The other meeting was in August 1971 and Wednesday won 2-0 at Millmoor through Brian Sissons and Jackie Sinclair.

The clubs last met in a friendly at the Don Valley Stadium (reffed by Howard Webb) in 2011 with Wednesday winning 2-1.

Wednesday’s pre-season friendly in Portugal with Europa League qualifiers Sporting Braga has been confirmed for the Estadio Municipal in Albufeira on Tuesday, July 16 (8pm). It’s the same venue as for the Hull City game the following Saturday, also 8pm.