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Gary Madine takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jake Kean.
Julian Bennett challenges Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Jones on for Liam Palmer. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Adams.
The referee blows for offside against Gary Madine. Jake Kean takes the free kick.
Neal Trotman delivers the ball.
Corner taken by Nicky Adams from the right by-line to the near post, David Prutton makes a clearance.
Neal Trotman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Weaver. Nicky Weaver takes the free kick.
Jon Otsemobor handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Kean.
Foul by David Prutton on Ashley Grimes, free kick awarded. Chris Sedgwick leaves the field to be replaced by Jon Otsemobor. Free kick taken by Nicky Adams.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Neal Trotman on Gary Madine. Direct free kick taken by Liam Palmer.
Clinton Morrison leaves the field to be replaced by James O'Connor.
Nicky Adams fouled by Jose Vitor Semedo, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Adams from left channel, clearance made by Lewis Buxton. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicky Adams, Gary Jones takes a shot. Danny Batth gets a block in. The offside flag is raised against Neal Trotman. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Prutton by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Lewis Buxton takes the direct free kick.
Andrew Tutte goes off and Chris O'Grady comes on.
Corner taken by Chris Sedgwick. Goal scored by David Prutton from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 2-0 Rochdale.
Gary Jones fouled by Rob Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Kean. The referee books Neal Trotman for unsporting behaviour. Rob Jones shown a yellow card.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Holness on Clinton Morrison. Chris Sedgwick restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Liam Palmer, Stephen Darby manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Sedgwick, Neal Trotman manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Chris Sedgwick, Lewis Buxton takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by Marcus Holness. Chris Sedgwick restarts play with the free kick. The ball is swung over by Jose Vitor Semedo, save by Jake Kean.
Ashley Grimes has an effort at goal from outside the box hitting the post.
Andrew Tutte fouled by Gary Madine, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Kennedy restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Kennedy by Clinton Morrison. Clinton Morrison is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Gary Jones takes the free kick.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Save by Nicky Weaver.
Stephen Darby delivers the ball.
Lewis Buxton takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicky Adams, Gary Madine manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Andrew Tutte, clearance by Gary Madine.
The ball is sent over by Lewis Buxton.
Effort on goal by Nicky Adams from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by Jose Vitor Semedo on Jason Kennedy, free kick awarded. Stephen Darby takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Chris Sedgwick, save made by Jake Kean.
Unfair challenge on Gary Madine by Jason Kennedy results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Sedgwick, save by Jake Kean.
The ball is swung over by Nicky Adams, Nicky Weaver makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Kennedy by Jose Vitor Semedo. Jason Kennedy takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Darby, clearance made by Danny Batth.
Julian Bennett fouled by Jason Kennedy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
Shot on goal by Liam Palmer from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot by Gary Jones from outside the box goes over the net.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Palmer by Joe Widdowson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Sedgwick from right wing, clearance by Marcus Holness.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Chris Sedgwick goes wide left of the target.
Rob Jones grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Sheff Wed 1-0 Rochdale.Julian Bennett provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Rob Jones. Gary Jones takes the free kick.
Clinton Morrison is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Jake Kean.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on Danny Batth. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
Julian Bennett challenges Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andrew Tutte.
Clinton Morrison is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.
Lewis Buxton delivers the ball, comfortable save by Jake Kean.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Vitor Semedo. Direct free kick taken by David Prutton.
The ball is delivered by Gary Jones, clearance made by David Prutton.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro delivers the ball, Nicky Adams takes a shot. Blocked by Lewis Buxton. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams from the left by-line, Gary Madine makes a clearance.
Owls duo set for debuts
Sheffield Wednesday midfielders David Prutton and Jose Semedo are poised for their competitive debuts against Rochdale.
Prutton, a free signing from Swindon, and Semedo, a similar acquisition from Charlton, have been prominent for the Owls during their pre-season matches.
But manager Gary Megson will be without winger Jermaine Johnson, who damaged his cartilage during the goalless draw with Stoke at the weekend.
Liam Palmer, who made 11 appearances last term during his breakthrough season, is a likely replacement for Johnson while Daniel Jones offers Megson an alternative option.
Defender Julian Bennett, a free signing from Nottingham Forest, is expected to make his debut at left-back, with fellow new signings Rob Jones and Danny Batth partnering each other in central defence.
Jones turned his loan move from Scunthorpe into a permanent deal in the summer and Batth arrives on a second loan spell from Wolves.
Rochdale manager Steve Eyre is hoping striker Chris O'Grady can shake off injury in time for his first game in charge.
O'Grady has been struggling with a heel injury sustained during the club's mini tour to Gibraltar earlier this summer and is rated 50/50 to prove his fitness. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is expected to lead the line in his absence.
Eyre will definitely be without winger Simon Hackney, a free signing from Colchester, who will be sidelined for another six weeks with an abdominal muscle injury.
Goalkeeper Jake Kean, who signed this week on a season-long loan from Blackburn, will make his debut with another new signing, player/coach David Lucas, providing back-up.
Striker Ashley Grimes (Millwall) and defenders Marc Twaddle (Falkirk), Stephen Darby (Liverpool) and Neal Trotman (Preston) are all hoping to make their competitive debuts after signing during the close season.
Wednesday claim the points
David Prutton smashed home an unstoppable volley to ease promotion favourites Sheffield Wednesday's nerves and see off Rochdale.
Giant Wednesday skipper Rob Jones had headed Wednesday into a first-half lead, but Dale, under new boss Steve Eyre, had proved a match for Gary Megson's side before summer signing Prutton thundered home a half-clearance midway through the second period.
Former Manchester City youth-team coach Eyre, who replaced Keith Hill in June, saw his side threaten to spoil the party at Hillsborough when summer signing Ashley Grimes curled a fine effort against the post just before the hour mark.
But Wednesday also hit the woodwork - defender Lewis Buxton's second-half header came back off the crossbar - and Megson's side showed they are a much more resilient proposition than last season by refusing to buckle when Dale were in the ascendancy.
Striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's low shot was parried by Wednesday goalkeeper Nicky Weaver and the visitors went even closer to an equaliser in the 58th minute. Midfielder Grimes, a free signing from Millwall, curled a fine 25-yard shot that had Weaver well beaten only to hit the far post.
Wednesday responded and hit the woodwork themselves in the 63rd minute when Buxton headed Chris Sedgwick's corner against the crossbar before Prutton blasted home the game-clinching goal, thundering a half-clearance into the top corner from 20 yards.
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