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Blackburn secured their first win in six attempts as the manager-less club moved back into the play-off places.

Grant Hanley’s fourth minute goal was enough to secure all three points for interim manager Eric Black, giving him his first win at the fifth time of asking.

Danny Murphy found himself warming the bench for the second successive game as David Dunn was preferred in the middle of the park. Defender Grant Hanley was given a place in the starting 11 at the expense of midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen who joined Murphy on the bench.

Former Rovers striker Jay Bothroyd failed to pass a late fitness test meaning he watched on from the stands, while Jermaine Johnson took his place up front.

In a scintillating start Wednesday should have opened the scoring with just a minute on the clock, but Madine failed to hit the target with a close range header following a Paul Corry cross.

It was to prove a costly miss a minute later as David Dunn shrugged off the challenge of Ross Barkley before firing a low cross into the six yard box which Grant Hanley calmly tapped home to give Rovers an early lead.

Rovers seemed to grow in confidence, Colin Kazim-Richards nearly doubled the lead with an audacious volley, but his effort flew wide of the mark and then Jordan Rhodes tried his luck from range twice but failed to hit the target.

In typical fashion Blackburn’s elaborate play did not last long as the Owls went in search of an equaliser. First defender Miguel Llera fired a low free-kick just wide of the mark before Michail Antonio wasted a glorious chance, the winger failed to hit the target with a vicious volley after out muscling Bradley Orr.

With half an hour on the clock Rovers suffered a major blow as David Dunn limped off the field and was replaced by Ruben Rochina.

Just before the interval the Spaniard came close to doubling Blackburn’s lead, unleashing a venomous 30 yard strike which was well saved by Chris Kirkland in the Owls goal.

Wednesday came out fighting for the second half and Llera came close again to levelling the scores but his back-post header went narrowly wide.

The away side continued to dominate as Blackburn’s biggest threat looked to be on the counter attack with Rhodes and Rochina combining well. The Scot found the substitute in acres of space with a perfectly executed diagonal ball, after controlling instantly the Spaniard unleashed a fierce strike which was again well saved by Kirkland.

Blackburn’s defence dropped deeper and deeper as Dave Jones’ side turned the screw but with no success as the home side came close to doubling their lead. Pedersen’s free-kick took a slight deflection wrong footing Kirkland but the impressive Llera was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

Ruben Rochina again tried his look from distance but this time failed to hit the target as a bitty second half came to an end much to the relief of the home side and Eric Black. Blackburn are now five points adrift of the top two, but with the recent on goings at Ewood Park you have to give the Lancashire side some credit for maintaining their promotion push.
Original article can be found at: http://www.brfcfans.com/blackburn-rovers-1-0-sheffield-wednesday/

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