Sheffield Wednesday: Winner over Millers was for the fans, says Kieran Lee

Owls joy at the end, inncluding goal hero Lee
Owls joy at the end, inncluding goal hero Lee

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Kieran Lee dedicated their thrilling 3-2 victory over local rivals Rotherham United to the club’s supporters.

Stuart Gray’s men twice trailed at the New York Stadium but secured their ninth away win of the campaign after Atdhe Nuhiu and Lee struck in injury-time.

Victory moved the Owls back into the Championship top 12 and Lee has paid tribute to the 1,210 supporters who cheered them over the line.

He told The Star: “The fans kept us going and getting behind the team. It was great to get the win for them.

“It felt good that all the goals we scored came at their end. To score with the last kick of the game was amazing. The scenes after were crazy but I loved every minute. We will remember those celebrations for a long, long time and I think the fans will too.”

The 26-year-old took his tally to four goals for the season. He regards his last-gasp strike against the Millers as the “most important” of his career.

Winning goal provider Stevie May celebrates with scorer Kieran Lee

Winning goal provider Stevie May celebrates with scorer Kieran Lee

“It had been a few weeks since I had last scored a goal so I was due one,” he said. “I haven’t scored than many but that goal is definitely up there.

“I only scored once last season so I have been told to get forward more and chip in with a few more goals.

“I thought I played well last year and had a lot of chances to score but didn’t get the goals. Maybe I didn’t get that little bit of luck you need in front of goal or I just wasn’t putting my opportunities away.

“Goals were something I wanted to add to my game and perhaps I’ve had a few more lucky breaks this season. When you get one, it gives you that confidence and belief to push on and try and get more.

The scenes after were amazing but I loved every minute

Kieran Lee

“It was nice to get on the score-sheet again against Rotherham and hopefully I can get a couple more before the end of the season.”

Kamil Zayatte was forced to pull-out of the derby after suffering a minor recurrence of his hamstring injury during the warm-up. The centre-back, along with Sam Hutchinson (concussion), is expected to be available for selection after the two-week international break. Joe Mattock deputised at left-back, with Claude Dielna reverting to centre-half.

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