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Hillsborough (ATT 20,743) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Sheff Wed Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough M'boro

Sheff Wed 1

A Nuhiu (pen 87)

ft

M'boro 0

D Whitehead (S/O 86)

Sky Bet Championship: Sheffield Wednesday earn late 1-0 win over Middlesbrough

Last Updated: 01/03/14 5:56pm

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Atdhe Nuhiu (left): Late winner for Wednesday

Atdhe Nuhiu (left): Late winner for Wednesday

Atdhe Nuhiu's late penalty gave Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win over 10-man Middlesbrough in a controversial game at Hillsborough.

Substitute Nuhiu slotted home his fourth goal of the season from the spot in the 87th minute after Dean Whitehead was sent off for handling Leon Best's goalbound shot.

Earlier, Middlesbrough had seen their first goal in seven matches ruled out when Jacob Butterfield's strike hit both posts before appearing to cross the line.

Boro forward Kei Kamara had the first opportunity of the game but his fourth-minute volley from Albert Adomah's right-wing cross was comfortably saved by Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

The visitors then thought they had taken the lead when Butterfield's drive cannoned off both uprights and looked to have crossed the goal line before the ball was grabbed by Kirkland - but no goal was given.

Wednesday should have gone ahead on the half hour mark through on-loan striker Best. Full-back Liam Palmer played a one-two with Chris Maguire on the right before crossing to the near post where the unmarked Best, seeking the second goal of his loan spell from Blackburn, poked the ball the wrong side of the right-hand upright.

The Owls felt they should have been awarded a penalty a minute before the interval when Boro captain Jonathan Woodgate appeared to clatter midfielder Sam Hutchinson but referee Andy D'Urso dismissed the home side's appeals.

Middlesbrough's debutant keeper Tomas Mejias then had to be alert to turn Hutchinson's header behind for a corner following Maguire's free-kick into the box in first-half stoppage time.

The hosts began the second half the brighter of the two teams and lively wide-man Maguire sent a free-kick over the crossbar before Spanish keeper Mejias acrobatically saved Hutchinson's powerful long-range drive.

Boro's Danny Graham had a fantastic opportunity to open the scoring on the hour mark. The striker, searching for his first goal since joining on loan from Sunderland, raced clear of the Wednesday backline but was denied by a strong hand from Kirkland before the former England international goalkeeper tipped Kamara's follow-up effort from the edge of the area over the bar.

Owls midfielder Giles Coke was denied by Mejias in the 78th minute before the game's decisive moment arrived.

Best stabbed the ball towards goal and saw his effort repelled by the arm of midfielder Whitehead, who was dismissed, and Nuhiu, a 71st minute replacement for Maguire, calmly found the bottom right-hand corner, sending Mejias the wrong way.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13