Rotherham cruised to a derby win over 10-man Sheffield Wednesday in a game that was briefly halted by an unauthorised drone flying over the stadium.
The game was stopped for about 10 minutes early on because of the drone and the hosts took the lead soon after the game restarted when Jamie Lindsay reacted quickest to head home after Freddie Ladapo’s blocked shot looped into the air.
Owls defender Tom Lees was sent off for pulling back Mickel Miller after he had rounded goalkeeper Cameron Dawson and Daniel Barlaser scored from the resulting penalty, before Lindsay tucked in a rebound to make it 3-0 before half-time.
The Millers had chances to add to their lead after the break but Dawson made saves from Michael Smith and George Hirst.
Wednesday, who started the season with a 12-point deduction, are nine points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Championship and have lost their past three matches.
The game totally went away from them once Lees was sent off in the 39th minute and, though they were more solid after the break, the match was over.
Garry Monk’s men travel to winless Wycombe on Saturday and urgently need to start picking up points soon.
Rotherham had been without a win since the opening day but victory over Wednesday moved them up to 17th in the table.
Rotherham manager Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:
“I don’t think we were at our absolute best. There were pockets of play where we did well and some things we need to work on.
“I thought we had more cutting edge tonight and there were some really impressive performances.
“It’s a relief, I won’t lie. Three points in this league are like golden nuggets.
“We’ve had a really long pre-season but I think we’re really fit and I think it’s an advantage for us.”
Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:
“Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong in that first half.
“We’ve seen mistakes, costly mistakes creep back into our game. The past two games it’s been self-inflicted.
“They’re individual errors that you can’t legislate for.
“It’s not good enough and we know that but it’s hard to put your finger on because the preparation has been good.”
- 27BlackmanBooked at 26mins
- 26BarlaserSubstituted forSmithat 65′minutes
- 10LadapoSubstituted forHirstat 72′minutesBooked at 75mins
- 14MillerBooked at 71minsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 82′minutes
- 6FlintSubstituted forPalmerat 17′minutesBooked at 19mins
- 15LeesBooked at 39mins
- 22OdubajoBooked at 73mins
- 7K Harris
- 5PatersonSubstituted forWindassat 57′minutes
- 9MarriottSubstituted forReachat 71′minutes
- Jarred Gillett
Match ends, Rotherham United 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
Second Half ends, Rotherham United 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.
Offside, Rotherham United. Jamal Blackman tries a through ball, but Michael Smith is caught offside.
Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Fisayo Dele-Bashiru is caught offside.
Ben Wiles (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday).
Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Julian Börner.
Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.
Substitution, Rotherham United. Shaun MacDonald replaces Mickel Miller.
Attempt saved. George Hirst (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mickel Miller.
Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Cameron Dawson.
Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross.
Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Fisayo Dele-Bashiru (Sheffield Wednesday).
George Hirst (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by George Hirst (Rotherham United).
Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by George Hirst (Rotherham United).
Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Liam Palmer.