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Miller double ends Wednesday's away run

There were vital wins for Yeovil Town and both Bristol clubs today. Cheltenham drew at Portsmouth, but Swindon lost at home to MK Dons.

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • YEOVIL TOWN 2 - 0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Ishmael Miller scored both Yeovil goals against Sheffield Wednesday. Credit: Lynne Cameron/EMPICS Sport

Yeovil Town boosted their chances of Sky Bet Championship survival with a 2-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Striker Ishmael Miller struck either side of half-time to end the Owls' impressive away run and earned the Glovers back-to-back wins at Huish Park for the first time this season.

Yeovil came into the game buoyed by a run of four league matches unbeaten, including a heroic point at Reading last weekend despite having three players sent off.

Manager Gary Johnson was forced to shuffle the pack as a result and handed Spanish midfielder Roman Palazuelos a first start in place of the suspended Joe Ralls, while Miller returned to the starting line-up at the expense of Kieffer Moore.

Miller's return could not have come at a better time for the Glovers with a congested March fixture list ahead, and the Nottingham Forest loanee took only 10 minutes before he stung the fingertips of Owls goalkeeper Damian Martinez with a powerful drive.

Away day specialists Wednesday, who were unbeaten in nine matches away from Hillsborough before the trip to south Somerset, hit back and came close when Jacques Maghoma's strike was palmed away by Marek Stech.

Owls striker Leon Best received a good reception from the home faithful on his return to Huish Park after enjoying a prolific spell with the Glovers in 2006/07, scoring 10 goals in 14 starts to fire Yeovil into the League One play-off final.

However, the former Newcastle United man endured a first half to forget with service from wingers Chris Maguire and Maghoma severely restricted by a resolute Yeovil defence.

In contrast, Miller saw plenty of the ball and nearly notched the game's opener on 15 minutes when he combined with James Hayter to fire home, but was denied by the linesman's offside flag.

Wednesday slowly found their feet in the Somerset sunshine and could have snatched a lead when Giles Coke's effort looked goal-bound, but cannoned off Glovers defender Shane Duffy and out for a corner.

However, the relentless Glovers finally forced a deserved breakthrough three minutes before the break when Miller latched on to Tom Lawrence's flick to rifle the ball home.

Leon Best was given a good reception on his return to Huish Park. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

The 1,569 travelling Wednesday fans expected a much-improved display from their side in the second half, but their hopes were dashed inside six minutes when Miller angled an unstoppable 20-yard strike into the top corner.

The visitors turned to substitute Jermaine Johnson to rescue the game - and despite looking lively down the right flank, the tireless hosts kept the backdoor firmly closed.

Wednesday almost reduced the deficit in the final 10 minutes when Glenn Loovens headed over, but their torrid afternoon was completed moments later when Sam Hutchinson was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Yeovil move up to 22nd in the table, but remain two points from safety after Millwall's shock win at promotion chasing Derby.

It was a super win. We showed a lot of commitment and effort, and Sheffield Wednesday came into the game on a rich vein of form. It's nice to go five matches unbeaten with another home game against Ipswich coming up on Tuesday.

It's very tight down the bottom with other teams all getting results, but we're in there and we could even drag a couple more teams down there with us. There are now probably six or seven teams in the mire down the bottom of the league.

Ishmael [Miller] has a booming shot on both feet - the first goal was a right-footed volley and the second was a bit of class, coming inside and bending it in the top corner with his left.

They were two worthy goals and he deserved his man of the match, but Ruben Palazuelos had a great debut. It's one of the best debuts I've seen. He was quiet, clever and competitive.

If we stay up, it's because we've got a striker who scores every other game, and that's really important. We needed to find a striker with that ratio and now we have, and that's also brought all the other lads up to the fore.

– Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town manager

I thought we bossed the game in the first ten minutes without really threatening the goalkeeper. We had good possession and got into some good areas, but then whether we thought it was going to be easy or whatever, Yeovil showed the fighting spirit that you do when you're in the bottom three.

They thoroughly deserved the win in the end, we didn't win enough one-against-one battles but I'm just disappointed with an under-par performance. We've had nine games away from home on an unbeaten run, but that wasn't us today.

I'm disappointed in the manner we conceded the first goal, and the second goal is a 'worldie'. Suddenly we were chasing the game but we couldn't get a foothold - our passing was really poor.

We had a fantastic following but they've got a long journey home and we haven't given them anything to celebrate.

– Stuart Gray, Sheffield Wednesday Head Coach

LEAGUE ONE

  • SHREWSBURY TOWN 2 - 3 BRISTOL CITY
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored a 25-yard strike to break the deadlock at Shrewsbury. Credit: Rowan Staszkiewicz/EMPICS Sport

It's back-to-back wins for Bristol City for only the second time this season after a 3-2 success at fellow strugglers Shrewsbury.

City led twice, but were pegged back on both occasions - until Joe Bryan's winner in the 63rd minute.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas opened the scoring with his first goal in 13 games - a 25-yard effort in the 18th minute.

Another long range screamer levelled the scores shortly before half-time, when Tamika Mkandawire pulled the trigger from 30-yards.

City were back in front ten minutes into the second half. Sam Baldock's low cross was turned into his own net by Mkandawire.

The lead only lasted five minutes, as Paul Parry headed Shrewsbury's second equaliser.

But Joe Bryan's header from Emmanuel-Thomas' corner clinched the three points for Steve Cotterill's men, moving them up to 17th in the table.

  • SWINDON TOWN 1 - 2 MILTON KEYNES DONS
Former AFC Wimbledon player Michael Smith gave Swindon the lead against MK Dons. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Swindon Town conceded a last minute goal as they lost at home to play-off chasing rivals MK Dons.

Town went ahead in the 19th minute through Michael Smith's close range header, after Alex Pritchard's shot was parried.

Antony Kay's powerful header from Ben Reeves' corner levelled the scores midway through the second half, before George Baldock won the game with a shot from outside the area in injury time.

LEAGUE TWO

  • BRISTOL ROVERS 2 - 1 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Ex-Cheltenham Town striker Kaid Mohamed scored Rovers' winner against Plymouth. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers have moved up to 14th in the table after beating in-form Plymouth at the Memorial Stadium.

Chris Beardsley gave the hosts a 7th minute lead. Michael Smith's throw-in was flicked on by Kaid Mohamed, and the unmarked Beardsley headed home from close range.

Argyle equalised on the stroke of half-time. Luke Young's free kick was parried by goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall onto the head of Maxime Blanchard. Blanchard headed the ball back across the 6-yard box, and Neal Trotman nodded in.

Another header won the match 11 minutes from time. Lee Brown's cross was turned in by an unmarked Mohamed.

  • PORTSMOUTH 0 - 0 CHELTENHAM TOWN
Ashley Vincent hit the post for Cheltenham at Portsmouth. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Cheltenham Town picked up a point in a goal-less draw at Fratton Park.

Ashley Vincent came close to breaking the deadlock for the Robins, but his shot hit the post.

Jake Jervis wasted a good chance for the home side. With only Scott Brown to beat he fired wide.

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