Sheffield Wednesday were always going to be at a disadvantage this season having had a 12 point penalty imposed on them for FFP infractions. In essencem the Owls had a four win deficit of points to make up.

They’ve not started badly on that trail, they have chipped away eight points of that 12 point deficit before tonight’s game against local rivals Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

The game itself was halted temporarily in the 4th minute. At first there was a degree of confusion as to why this was. Then it suddenly became crystal clear that there was an unwelcome presence in the vicinity.

That incursion by the unwanted drone led to the match referee ordering the two sides from the field of play (below) whilst things were sorted out.

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When play was restarted, it took the home side less than two minutes to take the lead against Garry Monk’s Sheffield Wedenesday outfit. It was the Millers Jamie Lindsay who nodded the home side in front.

This goal was enough to get the Owls fans talking and pleading for some defensive fortitude. Indeed, the drone itself was somewhat at the forefront of these fans thoughts.

Here’s what many Sheffield Wedensday fans said after going behind to that Lindsay goal almost immediately after the drone-caused restart.

It got worse for Wednesday as half time approached. Tom Lee received a straight red card on 39 minutes and Dan Barlaser struck Rotherham’s second goal of the night from the resulting penalty. There was just enough time in the half for Lindsay to notch his second of the night to put the Millers 3-0 up at the half.

Will a loss to Rotherham lead to Sheffield Wednesday and Garry Monk parting ways?


Wednesday will stick by Monk.


Monk out.