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[Archived] News Article -> 2012/13 Half-Time: Rovers 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

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Rovers lead at the break thanks to Grant Hanley's second goal of the season. Eric Black will be pleased with the way in which his side have retained possession and have looked more dangerous going forward, but Wednesday have still posed a threat on the break.

Wednesday started brightly, but Rovers were quickly on the front foot and were dominating the midfield through good play through Dunn and Lowe. It was the former England man who created the opening goal, when his good play down the wing and excellent cross set up Hanley for an easy finish.

It was no more than Rovers' good play had deserved and they continued to push forward and Givet and Kazim-Richards both had decent chances to double the lead. Wednesday have looked dangerous on the break and have managed to get in behind the Rovers back four on a couple of occasions, but the real blow to Rovers came just after the half hour mark, when David Dunn was forced off through an injury and replaced by Ruben Rochina. As the half drew to a close, Rochina nearly scored with a fine effort from distance, but Kirkland was equal to the Spaniard's left-footed strike.

Rovers will be pleased with the lead and the nature of the performance, but will know that first-half advantages have been blown in recent weeks and that the three points are necessary if they wish to move into the play-off places.

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