Snap report: Rotherham United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2

Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday
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Steven Fletcher scored twice as Sheffield Wednesday beat neighbours Rotherham United to move back into the Championship's top six.

The Scotland international bagged his brace in the first half to set Wednesday on their way to their first win in five.

It was a lacklustre performance from Carlos Carvalhal's play-off chasing side, who struggled to maintain consistent possession and mount threatening attacks.

But in truth, not much more was needed against an already-relegated Millers side with plenty of heart and drive but little quality.

The hosts at the AESSEAL New York Stadium arguably had the better of the chances in a dull encounter.

But Wednesday showed a streak of ruthlessness in front of goal which has evaded them for much of this season.

Carvalhal made four changes to the side that drew against Barnsley at the weekend. Gary Hooper made his first appearance since November and was joined in a three man attack with Jordan Rhodes by Steven Fletcher.

David Jones replaced the injured Sam Hutchinson while Ross Wallace returned from injury in place of Callum McManaman, who dropped to the bench along with Sam Winnall, while Morgan Fox missed out entirely.

Former Wednesday defenders Richard Wood and Joe Mattock came in as part of two changes for the Millers with Aimen Belaid and the injured Lee Frecklington missing out.

The Millers started much the brighter and had Wednesday penned into their own half for much of the opening quarter of an hour.

They arguably should have opened the scoring after an audacious backheel from Carlton Morris on the byline played in Jon Taylor but his shot with the outside of his boot drifted wide of the far post.

It was certainly against the run of play when Wednesday opened the scoring on 19 minutes.

Neat interplay on the edge of the box looked to have broken down but Ross Wallace's pass into the area somehow made its way through to Fletcher who turned and slammed in at the near post.

TV replays showed Fletcher was offside as he met the ball.

Wednesday grew in confidence and began to play the ball around well without really threatening the Rotherham goal.

The Millers enjoyed another decent spell of possession as half time neared. And they should have equalised.

Morris rose unmarked six yards out to meet a good ball in from Danny Ward but planted his header straight at Keiren Westwood.

And Ward curled a free kick straight at the Wednesday keeper from 25 yards.

Wednesday again struck with a ruthless edge to double their lead on the stroke of half time.

A fine sweeping move saw the ball played out to Jack Hunt who delivered a deep cross and Fletcher rose to power a header home at the back post.

Wallace tested the alertness of Price early in the second half but the keeper was equal to his low effort from 25 yards.

And from the subsequent corner Tom Lees powered a header at the back post but Price claimed well.

At the other end, Wood should have done better but mistimed his header from close range and sent the ball into the ground.

Jordan Rhodes and Fletcher rose together to meet a fine cross from Barry Bannan with a header going on goal which Price caught with ease.

The game petered out dramatically over the final 20 minutes with neither side forcing any real opportunities.

Wednesday strolled through to the win while Fulham's defeat at Derby County ensured Carvalhal's men moved back into sixth spot in the Championship.

Millers: Price, Fisher, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock, Taylor (Clarke-Harris 68), Smallwood (Bray 86), Vaulks, Newell, Morris (Forde 81) Ward. Subs not used: O'Donnell, Belaid, Purrington, Yates.

Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Reach, Wallace, Jones, Bannan, Rhodes (Winnall 83), Hooper (Semedo 61), Fletcher (Nuhiu 73). Subs not used: Wildsmith, Palmer, Pudil, McManaman.

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Attendance: 10,669 (2,573 away)