Result: Blackburn 1 Owls 2: Sub Dielna clinches great win for Owls in stoppage time

Kieran Lee celebrates after giving the Owls a third-minute lead at Blackburn. Picture: Steve Ellis
Kieran Lee celebrates after giving the Owls a third-minute lead at Blackburn. Picture: Steve Ellis
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray made one enforced alteration to his starting line-up for the trip to promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers.

Kieran Lee returned, replacing Jose Semedo in the middle of the park. Semedo sits out the fixture through suspension, having collected his fifth caution of the campaign in their victory over Wigan Athletic last weekend.

Claude Dielna

Claude Dielna

Joe Mattock was named on the substitutes bench, having shrugged off an ankle injury.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer freshened up his squad, handing starts to Jason Steele and Craig Conway at the expense of Simon Eastwood and Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Blackburn: Steele, Baptiste, Hanley, Duffy, Olsson, Conway, Evans, Williamson, Marshall, Gestede, Rhodes. Substitutes: Eastwood, Dunn, Brown, Varney, Taylor, Songo’o, Tunnicliffe.

Wednesday: Westwood; Palmer, Loovens, Lees, Helan; Maguire, McGugan, Lee, Drenthe; May, Nuhiu. Substitutes: Kirkland, Mattock, McCabe, Lavery, Maghoma, Corry, Dielna.

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Wednesday almost made a dream start when Jeremy Helan wriggled his way into the penalty area after latching on to a lovely through ball by Royston Drenthe but the Frenchman was denied by Steele, who also kept out Stevie May’s follow up.

It was no surprise the Owls took the lead in the third minute, with Kieran Lee tapping in from close range after Steele only parried May’s drive.

The visitors dominated the early skirmishes as Blackburn struggled to cope with their high tempo, pressing style of play.

But against the run of play, Rovers equalised in the 15th minute courtesy of Alex Baptiste, who fired home after a clever header down by Jordan Rhodes.

The leveller visibly lifted Rovers and former Wednesday loanee Ben Marshall curled a shot straight into the arms of Keiren Westwood after more good approach play.

At the end other end, May skipped through on goal and his low strike from an acute angle was superbly turned away by Steele. Moments later, Drenthe drilled a free kick over the top.

Wednesday suffered a major blow in the 36th minute when Lewis McGugan was forced off with what looked a nasty injury following a collision with Lee Williamson. McGugan, on loan from Watford until January, received treatment for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher. His departure meant a tactical reshuffle, prompting Gray to throw on Joe Mattock at left-back and move Helan into the middle of the park.

Gray’s side survived a huge scare just after McGugan’s knock when Rhodes’ glancing header struck Westwood’s left hand upright following a great delivery by Conway.

It was not all Blackburn, though, and skipper Glenn Loovens flashed a header over the bar after a dangerous free kick by Drenthe.

Blackburn created the first meaningful opportunity after the break as Shane Duffy peeled away to the back post to meet Marshall’s corner with a firm header which Westwood brilliantly palmed to safety.

Wednesday enjoyed a good spell of possession and pressure, culminating in Duffy hacking away Maguire’s low centre.

Gestede, Blackburn’s 11-goal top-scorer, headed Marshall’s long throw in straight at Westwood in his contribution before being withdrawn.

It took a fine stop by Westwood to prevent Rovers substitute Ryan Tunnicliffe from completing the turnaround. The Republic of Ireland international acrobatically tipped over Tunnicliffe’s volley after the Owls only partially cleared a free kick.

On the counter attack, Maguire released May, who sliced a shot well wide when he should have at least hit the target.

There was a big let off in the dying minutes for the visitors when Blackburn substitute David Dunn’s cross turned shot narrowly drifted out of play.

Dielna, brought on as a late substitute for Atdhe Nuhiu, ensured Wednesday’s 1,500 plus fans went home happy with his fortuitous last minute winner.

Blackburn: Steele, Baptiste, Hanley, Duffy, Olsson, Conway, Evans, Williamson, Marshall, Gestede, Rhodes. Substitutes: Eastwood, Dunn, Brown, Varney, Taylor, Songo’o, Tunnicliffe.

Wednesday: Westwood; Palmer, Loovens, Lees, Helan; Maguire, McGugan, Lee, Drenthe; May, Nuhiu. Substitutes: Kirkland, Mattock, McCabe, Lavery, Maghoma, Corry, Dielna.