Sheffield Wednesday vs Rotherham Preview

10 February 2022

Sheffield Wednesday will host Rotherham in the lunchtime kick-off on Sunday in the visitor’s second game since the recently infamous fan incident.

Two Rotherham fans were arrested and banned after running on the pitch and ‘assaulting’ English midfielder Harry Pell in a fixture against Accrington Stanley last Saturday.

Pell was set to take a penalty as the pair invaded the pitch in the 89th minute, with one of the two kicking the ball off the penalty spot.

There were no such incidents in Rotherham’s next game against AFC Wimbledon, but all eyes are turned towards the weekend as the Millers take on their Yorkshire rivals.

Nigel Howard, a lifelong Supporter of Sheffield Wednesday said: “I’ve seen a couple of games against Rotherham in the past and never seen any trouble, but unfortunately it seems to be creeping back into the sport and the recent pitch invasion at Accrington doesn’t bode well.

“The games between the two clubs that I’ve attended have been at times where the Owls have been the ‘bigger’ club nearer to the top of the league with Rotherham at the bottom.

“But recently and especially this season, the gap between the two sides has closed – meaning this weekends game is massive for both clubs.

“I hope there isn’t any trouble and it’s an entertaining match – with a Wednesday win of course.”

Rotherham will travel to Hillsborough in fine form having won their last six games, taking 15 points from their last five league fixtures and advancing to the semi-finals of the Football League Cup after winning a penalty shootout against Cambridge United.

The visitors sit nine points clear of Wigan at the top of League One, as Wednesday are placed 7th, just outside the playoff spots, with 52 points.

Another Sheffield Wednesday fan, Will Rae, said: “Its a huge game with them at the top, but if Wednesday come out with all three points, that would make it five wins on the bounce and would mean doing the double over both top two teams.

“You just hope something similar to what happened in the Rotherham Accrington game doesn’t reoccur – as it would spoil it for everyone.”

Rotherham F.C. have released a club statement since the incident outlining: “We are embarrassed to once again be commenting on the behaviour of some fans, who absolutely do not represent the majority or what we stand for as a club.”





Written by Cameron Greenlees

Journalism student at The University of Sheffield

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