Millwall 1-3 Sheffield Wednesday: Owls find killer instinct on the road

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Sheffield Wednesday inflicted another defeat on Championship strugglers Millwall, thanks to three second-half goals from an Owls side on the up.

Watford loanee Lewis McGugan, Atdhe Nuhiu and Scottish international Stevie May did the damage for the away side at The Den, enough to earn three precious points that keeps Wednesday in the top half of the table.

In a dull first half it was home side Millwall that had the better of the play. Forward Lee Gregory was played in early on by new loan signing and ex-owl loanee Gary Taylor-Fletcher, but he couldn't make it count as he struck wide.

Millwall pay for missed chances

As the home side sensed taking the lead, it was Gregory again who tested stand in Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland, who did well to save down low at his bottom-left corner.

Wednesday's did have a few chances in the first half, but the first fell to one of their defenders, Kamil Zayatte. After being picked out by Claude Dielna, only for the central defender to see his shot blocked in front of goal by a stubborn Millwall back line.

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Maghoma makes the difference

Dielna was then back in the thick of the action again just minutes later when he forced David Forde into a standout stop down low, leaving the sides level as the referee blew up and brought the first half to a close.

Again the second started with the home side eager to register a first win on home soil since October, as Aidan O'Brien had the perfect chance to put Millwall ahead in the second half having paired with Shaun Williams, but the resulting header flew off target.

Wednesday then made Millwall pay in the 52nd minute as they took the lead, McGugan firing home with his left after being found by wideman Jacques Maghoma, whose selection had received criticism from pockets of Wednesday fans.

Owls show some killer instinct

The Owls grew in confidence as the home sides seemed to slip away as the travelling   side cemented all three points with just under 20 minutes to go thanks to top scorer Atdhe Nuhiu, who was played in again by the enterprising Maghoma to finish with his right foot, to the delight if the travelling fans.

Wednesday rubber stamped the win as they claimed a third goal with seven minutes to go through Stevie May. After he profited from more standout work from Maghoma to slot into the far corner after holding off challenges from the beleaguered Lions defence.

Millwall did manage to pull a consolation back in injury time thanks to Diego Fabbrini, but it was too little too late as Wednesday strolled to three points on the road. 

The defeat leaves Millwall locked in a relegation battle to a bid to avoid slipping into League One, and sends Wednesday back into 11th place in the Championship table, ready for the visit of Middlesbrough this coming Saturday (28th February).

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