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REPORT | Sheffield Wednesday 2 v 2 Rotherham United

8 December 2018

Millers denied derby day win....

ROTHERHAM United had to settle for a share of the spoils in their derby clash with local rivals Sheffield Wednesday, despite having the better of the game at Hillsborough.

The Millers looked the most likely in the first 45 minutes but their hopes were dealt a blow when Lucas Joao put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half time.

Rotherham turned the game on its head when Smith struck almost immediately after the interval to level matters before Richie Towell put the visitors’ ahead with a well-struck effort.

However, the Millers were denied a rare Championship away win when Joao popped up for his second of the afternoon, late on.  

For the short hop to S6, Millers chief Paul Warne made two changes to his starting line-up with former Owl Richard Wood returning to the heart of the Millers defence, at the expense of Clark Robertson, who was absent due to illness.

Flying winger Jon Taylor was also recalled to the side, as Joe Newell had to settle for a place among the substitutes while back up ‘keeper Laurence Bilboe joined him on the bench with Lewis Price ruled out.

The Millers settled into the game the quicker and they had the first sight of goal when Will Vaulks took aim from distance but Joey Pelupessy bravely blocked his long-range effort before Vaulks turned creator with a floated free-kick which caught the Owls napping and Wood, under pressure from a home defender, attempted to turn the ball towards goal while Semi Ajayi was snuffed out before he could get his shot away.

Moments later, Ryan Williams clipped a centre which skimmed off the head of Michael Hector and from the resultant corner, Anthony Forde pulled the ball back to the on-rushing Taylor, who curled an effort from just outside the box which failed to trouble Cameron Dawson in the home goal.

The Millers were looking the most likely and with Wood causing havoc in the home area, Taylor latched on the pieces to drill a low effort which brought a smothered save from Dawson before Barry Bannan became the first to see yellow for a rash challenge on Vaulks on halfway.

In Wednesday’s first attack of note, Pelupessy fought hard to win possession on halfway and Bannan showed his class with a defensive splitting pass which saw Adam Reach get on the wrong side of Ajayi to race clear but the ex-Middlesbrough winger fluffed his lines with a dragged shot across the face of goal.

Minutes later, Pelupessy was hauled down and Bannan curled the resultant free-kick into the Rotherham area and Towell, in attempting to clear, could only head towards his own goal but the backtracking Marek Rodak could safely watch the ball loop harmlessly over the crossbar.

The home side were indebted to Dawson for preserving parity, six minutes prior to the break, when Forde delivered a tantalising centre which saw Smith arch his neck to direct a goalbound header which forced the home stopper into an acrobatic save before Taylor kept the ball alive to pave the way for Joe Mattock to plant another ball into the box and Smith was again the recipient, but this time, his header flew wide of the target.

The Millers were finishing the half strongly and superb work by Ryan Williams presented Zak Vyner with the chance to attack with menace, before playing a slide-rule pass which saw Taylor beat the home offside trap but the Millers winger failed to make it count when he over hit his cross to the far post.

Despite the Millers having the better of the first half, Wednesday broke the deadlock against the run of play when an innocuous ball forward skipped off the slick Hillsborough surface and Joao got on the wrong side of Wood and with Vyner unable to clear the danger, the Portuguese striker kept his nerve to calmly stroke the ball into the corner of the net.   

Half-time- Sheffield Wednesday 1 Rotherham United 0

With the words of Warne still ringing in their ears, the Millers levelled matters just seconds into the second half when Vaulks’ defence-splitting pass caught the Wednesday defence flat-footed and Smith showed his marker a clean pair of heels to bare down on goal and the Millers frontman showed great composure to curl an effort past the outstretched hand of Dawson, to find the far corner of the goal.

The home side responded positively to the setback and Atdhe Nuhiu volleyed goalwards but Rodak was his equal with a smart, reflex save before Bannan’s short corner fell invitingly for Tom Lees, but the home centre-half could only prod an effort into the side netting from a tight angle.

However, Rotherham silenced the home faithful, by taking the lead on 55 minutes, when early build-up play involving Mattock and Williams saw Taylor with his back to goal, on the edge of the box, and the ball was switched to Towell, who got the ball from under his feet, before striking a fierce, low effort from distance and Dawson failed to get his body behind the shot and the ball squirmed into the home net, to the delight of the Rotherham travelling contingent behind the goal.

The home side rallied strongly when Joao volleyed wide from just outside the box before the same player took advantage of Bannan’s pass to fire a snap shot which was straight the throat of Rodak.

Joao was in the thick of the action and the home striker levelled matters, just after the hour mark, when Ajayi’s weak clearance fell kindly for Daniel Pudil, who took his time to deliver a pinpoint centre and Joao worked a yard of space on his marker to meet his cross and steer a clever header into the bottom corner giving Rodak no chance.

The Millers shrugged off the disappointment when Morgan Fox was forced to head Forde’s dangerous free-kick behind before the Irish winger fizzed the resultant corner across the Wednesday goalmouth narrowly evading visiting runners, who would have had a tap-in, if they had connected.

The Millers missed a gilt-edged chance to regain the lead when Williams and Towell exchanged passes to give the former the chance to deliver a cross, which was superbly laid off by Smith into the path of Vaulks, who had the goal at his mercy, but he lashed at his shot and the chance was lost.

Moments later, Williams was tripped by Joao on the edge of the box and Mattock floated a delicate cross which almost fell invitingly for sub Ben Wiles, at the far post, but the ball narrowly sailed over his head before Dawson flapped at Taylor’s centre and the ball ran loose before Wiles lashed towards goal but his effort was blocked by the ruck of home bodies in the box.

In the next Millers’ attack, Towell volleyed over from a promising position before the on-loan Brighton loanee squandered an opportunity to win the game when Vaulks’ clipped centre was superbly cushioned by Smith into Towell’s path, but after initially throwing a dummy to work the shooting opportunity, he blazed over when he should have done better.

The Millers were forced to weather a late storm when Wood was forced to head behind under pressure from Joao before Adam Reach dug out a superb cross which looked inch-perfect for Nuhiu, but he was unable to make a clean connection, despite being just yards away from goal.

Full-time- Sheffield Wednesday 2 Rotherham United 2

Sheffield Wednesday 2

Rotherham United 2

Teams:- Sheffield Wednesday- Dawson, Fox, Pelupessy (Matias 77), Bannan, Thorniley (Pudil 46), Lees, Nuhiu, Joao, Reach, Baker, Hector. Unused- Wildsmith, Palmer, Onomah, Fletcher, Penney.

Rotherham- Rodak, Vyner, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Wood, Forde (Wiles 73), Taylor, Towell, Williams, Smith. Unused- Bilboe, Palmer, Proctor, Manning, Newell, Raggett.

Referee:- D Bond

Attendance:- 24725



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Ticket News

TICKETS | Details v Sheffield Wednesday

12 November 2018

Ticket details confirmed for the game with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough...

Rotherham United's Sky be Championship South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday (8th December) has now been made an ALL TICKET fixture.

The match at Hillsborough is a 3pm kick-off.

Supporters are advised not to travel to this fixture without a ticket. There will be no tickets available on the day.

Tickets remain on sale at the Red & White Shop at AESSEAL New York Stadium, online at and over the telephone on 01709 827768 until 4pm on Friday 7th December.

As of 9am on December 7th we have sold 2,250 tickets for this fixture.


Ticket information for Rotherham United’s Sky bet Championship fixture with Sheffield Wednesday has been confirmed.

The match at Hillsborough on Saturday 8th December is a 3.00pm kick-off and the Millers have been issued an initial allocation of 2,596 tickets.

Please note, Rotherham United receive 5% of all ticket sales purchased in advance, but receive nothing if they're bought on the day at Sheffield Wednesday should pay on the day be available. There will also not be any loyalty points added to your account should you purchase at the ground on the day.

Supporters will be allocated 10 loyalty points for purchasing their tickets in advance. You will need to provide each supporters customer number and name and address details at the time of purchase so we can allocate the tickets to the relevant accounts. Supporters purchasing their tickets online will need to use the friends and family function to allocate tickets to other supporters. Points will not be added retrospectively so tickets will need to be purchase under the correct accounts.

Tickets will be sold in the following priority order:

9am Monday 12th November
Tickets are on sale to season ticket holders, strictly 1 ticket per supporter.

9am Friday 16th November
Tickets are released to Millers Mayday members, strictly 1 ticket per mayday member who are non season ticket holders.

9am Monday 19th November
Tickets go on general sale. Supporters will be able to buy up to a total of five tickets per customer number. If supporters have already bought tickets in any other period of sales, they will only be able to purchase additional tickets to the total of five tickets. If supporters are buying on behalf of other supporters then we will need their details so that loyalty points can be added to the correct accounts.

Tickets go OFF sale at the AESSEAL New York Stadium at 4pm on Friday 7th December.

All ticket sale and returns will need to be completed by this time and there will be no refunds after this time.

If supporters are buying tickets on behalf of other supporters, we will ask the person buying the tickets for the customer number, name and address of all the supporters they are buying on behalf of. Please make sure that you have this information ready at the time of purchase.

The prices for this fixture are:

Adult: £33
Senior 65 and over: £23
Young Adult 17-20: £23
Under 17: £15
Under 11: £10
Under 5: £5

Proof of concessions will need to be shown at the time of purchase and also on the turnstiles on the day of the game. Should anyone not be able to provide the proof of concession at the turnstiles then they may be refused entry with no refund.

There are nine wheelchair and carer seats available priced as above with a free carer. Ambulant disabled supporters can purchase tickets priced as above with a free carer. Supporter who are in receipt of the medium or higher rate of DLA or the enhanced rate of PIP can claim a free carer. The initial allocation of tickets is on the upper tier. If any supporters have any issues with climbing steps then they should report to a steward at gate 6 and they will be given access which will have fewer steps to contemplate to get to the upper tier.

There is limited match day parking for disabled supporters. This can be booked for £5 by calling 03700201867. The spaces are available on a first come first served basis.

The easiest and most convenient way to purchase tickets is online at or from the Red and White Shop. Supporters can link their family and friends up to their account so that all seats can be booked together which will mean we can allocate you seats together subject to availability.

The easiest way to log into the correct account is to use the login by customer number, surname and post code option on the retail website. Supporters can find their customer numbers on their season tickets to the left of their name. If you have any issues with logging in or linking friends and family then please email or call 01709 827768.

Remember to make sure all purchases and returns are made before 4pm on Friday 7th December.


Rotherham United supports the use of the “Kick It Out” reporting app.

We operate a zero tolerance policy on discrimination of any sort. Any reported acts of disciplinary conduct by clubs’ supporters are also likely to lead to formal disciplinary action by the FA under rule E21.

Discrimination or inappropriate behaviour within the stadium can be reported anonymously by downloading the free “Kick it Out” reporting app from the Google Play store or the Apple App Store. Using the app, you will be able to select the name of the home club and provide as much detail as you can regarding the incident.

You can also report any incidents to RUFC by emailing

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