Owls fall to Asaba strike
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Carl Asaba's winner at Hillsborough lifted Millwall off the foot of the table.Goals from two former Sheffield United players gave Millwall a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Barry Hayles and Carl Asaba scored either side of Graham Coughlan's strike for the Owls to give Millwall their second win of the week and lift them off the bottom of the table, where they are replaced by Wednesday.
A poor first half showcased each side's lack of confidence as there were few goalscoring opportunities.
A free-kick from Chris Eagles flew harmlessly over the bar and Lee Peacock failed to take advantage of Jamie Vincent's poor backpass as he was denied by Andy Marshall.
John Hills then saw a shot cleared off the line by Ady Williams and Frankie Simek blocked David Livermore's goal-bound shot.
Millwall grabbed the lead five minutes into the second half when Alan Dunne's cross caused a scramble in the home penalty area and Hayles pounced to turn in the loose ball.
Wednesday levelled in the 66th minute when Chris Brunt's cross was headed in by Coughlan, but Asaba headed home from Jermaine Wright's cross 16 minutes from time to restore the visitors' lead.
Paul Sturrock's men, who has scored only four goals in eight games, pushed for a second equaliser, but Peacock, Burton O'Brien and Richard Wood all missed the target late on.