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Outswinging corner taken by Chris Lines, Danny Batth takes a shot. Save by David Lucas.
Stephen Darby sends in a cross.
Ryan Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Tutte. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save by David Lucas.
Lewis Buxton takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Lines from the left by-line, clearance made by Jason Kennedy.
Rob Jones takes a shot. Dean Holden gets a block in.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Long. Free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
Andrew Tutte joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Thompson. Corner taken by Jason Kennedy from the left by-line, clearance by Chris O'Grady.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Chris Lines gets a block in.
Michail Antonio has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Darby.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.
Penalty awarded for a foul by Julian Bennett on Jason Kennedy. Penalty missed by Gary Jones.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michail Antonio on Joe Widdowson. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Jones on Michail Antonio. Lewis Buxton takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Michail Antonio. David Lucas takes the free kick.
Ryan Lowe is caught offside. David Lucas takes the free kick.
Lobbed right-footed shot by Gary Madine. Clearance by Dean Holden.
Corner taken right-footed by Chris Lines from the right by-line, Header on goal by Julian Bennett from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Michail Antonio takes a shot. Kevin Long gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio.
Close range headed effort by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Stephen Darby fouled by Ryan Lowe, the ref awards a free kick. David Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner worked by Chris Lines.
Ryan Lowe replaces David Prutton.
Brian Barry-Murphy fouled by Chris Lines, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Long takes the free kick.
Effort from just outside the box by Kevin Long goes over the bar.
Lewis Buxton handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Brian Barry-Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Rob Jones.
Brian Barry-Murphy takes a inswinging corner.
Jason Kennedy takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.
Kevin Long has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Short corner worked by Jason Kennedy.
Julian Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michail Antonio on Brian Barry-Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Dean Holden.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Danny Batth takes a shot. Save made by David Lucas.
Chris O'Grady fouled by Dean Holden, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Lines.
Julian Bennett takes a shot. Save by David Lucas.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy, Brian Barry-Murphy takes a shot.
Michael Symes takes a shot. Danny Batth gets a block in.
(Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro coming on for Nicky Adams.
Nicky Adams takes a shot. Blocked by Julian Bennett.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rob Jones on Jason Kennedy. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Brian Barry-Murphy, Gary Madine manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Prutton on Joe Thompson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Adams from right wing.
Effort on goal by Julian Bennett from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Danny Batth sends in a cross.
The ball is swung over by Nicky Adams, save made by Stephen Bywater.
Michail Antonio delivers the ball, save by David Lucas.
Chris Lines takes a shot. Dean Holden gets a block in.
Julian Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Adams. Brian Barry-Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Gary Madine makes a clearance.
Foul by Chris Lines on Brian Barry-Murphy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Lucas.
Shot by Chris O'Grady from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Centre by Nicky Adams, Stephen Bywater makes a save.
Header from close range by Rob Jones clears the bar.
Foul by Joe Widdowson on Chris O'Grady, free kick awarded. Chris Lines crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Foul by Gary Madine on David Lucas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Lucas.
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Lines, Close range header by Danny Batth goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Lines from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jason Kennedy.
Jason Kennedy takes a short corner.
Nicky Adams takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Batth.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Brian Barry-Murphy, clearance made by Gary Madine.
Effort from 20 yards by Jason Kennedy.
Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save made by David Lucas.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Widdowson on Michail Antonio. A cross is delivered by Chris Lines, Close range header by Rob Jones goes over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Michail Antonio results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Lucas.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Lines, Close range headed effort by Danny Batth misses to the right of the goal.
Gary Jones is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stephen Bywater restarts play with the free kick.
Chris O'Grady is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Lucas takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Jones by Lewis Buxton. Free kick crossed by Nicky Adams.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy, Gary Jones has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Julian Bennett. David Lucas takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Chris Lines played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Jones.
Gary Madine takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Widdowson.
Joe Thompson takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.
Chris O'Grady is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Lucas.
Striking concern for Dale
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro remains an injury doubt for Rochdale ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's visit to Spotland
A hamstring injury has sidelined the striker in recent weeks and he will be assessed ahead of kick-off.
Boss John Coleman believes Akpa Akpro's absence leaves him light in attack and the former Accrington manager is on the lookout for reinforcements in the loan market.
"At times we've looked a goal threat but losing Jean-Louis hasn't helped," he told BBC Radio Manchester.
"I'm going to have to bring a loan player in. I've got a couple of irons in the fire."
Centre-back Kevin Amankwaah failed to recover from a groin problem in time to take part in the 1-0 midweek defeat to Notts County and will miss out again.
New manager Dave Jones is unlikely to make many changes for his first game in charge of Sheffield Wednesday at Rochdale.
Evans, appointed Owls manager on Friday afternoon, has a clean slate to work from with no new injury or suspension worries in his squad.
Wednesday bounced back from three successive league defeats with a Steel City derby triumph last Sunday and although not enough to save Megson his job, the result kept the Owls in touch with the top two.
Defender Reda Johnson has returned unscathed from midweek international duty with Benin, while striker Gary Madine and defender Miguel Llera are pushing for recalls after starting the last two matches on the bench.
Midfielder John Bostock, on loan from Tottenham, is also pushing for a first-team recall, but winger Jermaine Johnson remains sidelined with knee ligament damage, so Michail Antonio, who made his debut last weekend, is expected to continue.
The Owls lie third in the table, five points adrift of second place having played a game more than closest rivals Sheffield United and Huddersfield.
Dale hold Owls
Relegation-threatened Rochdale held Sheffield Wednesday to a goalless draw as the Owls began life after Gary Megson.
New boss Dave Jones was at Spotland to witness his new team in action and will know there is a lot of work to do if they are to achieve automatic promotion.
Joe Thompson's volley provided some early work for Owls goalkeeper Stephen Bywater in a bright start from the home side.
But Wednesday gradually exerted control and their height advantage posed a persistent threat to Rochdale's backline. Skipper Rob Jones twice sent close-range efforts narrowly over the bar while Danny Batth should have done better when he met Jose Semedo's corner with a downward header only to send it wide of the upright.
Former Rochdale frontman Chris O'Grady kept the pressure on the hosts with a couple of firmly struck shots and Dale were the more relieved of the teams to make it to half-time on level terms.
Kevin Long missed a sitter when Jason Kennedy delivery picked him out seven yards from goal, the defender side-footing over the top. Kennedy also forced a good save out of Bywater with a 25-yard drive while at the other end Ryan Lowe had the ball in the net only to see his attempt cancelled out for a foul on Dean Holden in the build-up.
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