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Match Report | Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Rochdale (Carabao Cup)

23 August 2022

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Match Report | Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Rochdale (Carabao Cup)

23 August 2022

Rochdale bowed out of the Carabao Cup at the second round stage on Tuesday evening, following a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

First half goals from Jaden Brown, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Dennis Adeniran ensured victory for the League One side at Hillsborough.

Interim manager Jim McNulty made three changes to the eleven that started against Swindon Town on Saturday. Cieran Slicker, Sam Graham and Aidan White came into the side, replacing Richard O’Donnell, Ben Nelson and Abraham Odoh. 

It had been a game few chances for either side during the opening exchanges of the first half up until a moment of quality broke the deadlock at Hillsborough, when Brown fired into the top corner from 25-yards to put the Owls ahead in the 23rd minute. 

Another wonderful finish doubled Sheffield Wednesday’s advantage 13 minutes later. From range, Dele-Bashiru struck a fierce dipping effort into the top corner, as Wednesday controlled proceedings. 

James Ball sent a speculative effort wide for Dale from 35-yards on the half hour, before Slicker was forced to tip Brown’s delivery into the area onto the crossbar. From the resulting corner, there was a scramble in the box, but Rochdale managed to clear Will Vaulks’ on-target effort.

The Owls extended their lead further before the break with another powerful long range strike that left Slicker with absolutely no chance of a save. This time Adeniran fired home. 

Sheffield Wednesday looked comfortable as they held onto their three goal advantage. Whilst creating little in front of the Dale goal, they, too, limited Rochdale’s opportunities, with Ball’s shot from distance in the 64th minute, the most notable of the second half. 

On 70 minutes, there was a double substitution, as Ian Henderson and Liam Kelly made way for Ray Tulloch and Ethan Brierley. 

And Brierley was involved almost immediately, getting back to superbly cut out a dangerous cut-back, as the hosts broke into the area. 

With nine minutes left to play, McNulty opted to make a triple change, with Connor Malley, Tyrese Sinclair and Odoh replacing Ball, Devante Rodney and Femi Seriki. 

Soon after their introduction, Malley found Sinclair who had a shot blocked. 

Late on, Slicker hit a pass out over the top of the Wednesday defence for Sinclair to latch on to, and the forward came close to reducing the deficit, but his first-time volley from 25-yards landed on the roof of the net.

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