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Derby County 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Derby County
Derby players celebrate Darren Bent's goal

Darren Bent's penalty gave Derby a thrilling win over Sheffield Wednesday and sent them top of the Championship.

Lewis McGugan put the Owls into the lead with a superb curling free-kick, before Jake Buxton glanced home the equaliser from George Thorne's corner.

Will Keane pounced on slack Derby play to fire home for 2-1, but Buxton nodded home another leveller from a corner.

Bent converted a spot-kick after Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood was sent off for hauling down Tom Ince in the area.

Derby were hoping to capitalise on morning leaders Middlesbrough's 1-0 defeat by Leeds earlier in the day and named midfielder Thorne in the starting line-up for the first time this season.

Thorne - a summer signing from West Bromwich Albion - had been kept on the sidelines by a pre-season cruciate ligament injury.

A cornerstone for the Owls? Not any more...
Before Saturday's game at Derby, Sheffield Wednesday had only conceded one goal from a corner this season.

But his side fell behind after Will Hughes gave away a soft free-kick on the edge of his own area and McGugan's effort looped over the wall, leaving goalkeeper Lee Grant rooted to his spot.

Ince then missed a glorious chance to level, but the on-loan winger could only hit the post with the goal at his mercy, before later seeing a free-kick brilliantly tipped over by Westwood.

McGugan's goal failed to give Wednesday a foothold in the game, and a minute after the break Steve McClaren's side were level when defender Buxton rose to turn in.

Soon after, Derby gave the ball away cheaply and forward Keane, who is on loan from Manchester United, took full advantage to beat Grant at the near post.

Stuart Gray's side had Derby in trouble, and Kieran Lee sliced an effort from Jacques Maghoma's cross when well placed in the area.

Wednesday looked vulnerable at corners and Derby made in 2-2 when Craig Bryson's ball in was headed in by Buxton for his third goal of the season.

Ince then curled an effort just wide, before he won the penalty from which Derby moved two points clear at the top of the table after Brentford beat Bournemouth 3-1.

Derby head coach Steve McClaren:

"We've had spells of six or seven clean sheets but in the last four we've conceded nine goals.

"We can't continue with that and I thought today we are going through a spell where we make a mistake or give a free-kick away and it's a goal.

"But we have to eradicate mistakes otherwise conceding nine goals in the next four games will get us nowhere.

"We said to the players at half-time that this could be a very big three points if we comeback and I think in the end we wore Wednesday down with constant pressure and the tempo of our football."

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Gray on Derby v Sheff Weds

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"We have been doing very well in our own box so to concede three goals from set plays was very disappointing. And then for Westwood to get sent off, I think that was a bit harsh.

"Derby are a good side and I think they will get promoted. Because they put you under so much pressure, we have got lads making decisions with tired minds.

"But to get ourselves 2-1 up gave us something to build on."

Sheffield Wednesday's Lewis McGugan
Midfielder Lewis McGugan's expert free-kick was his first goal of the season
Darren Bent
Darren Bent has now scored seven goals in his eight games since joining Derby on loan from Aston Villa

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Buxton
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8Hendrick
  • 34ThorneSubstituted forLingardat 62'minutes
  • 19HughesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Ince
  • 39Bent
  • 7DawkinsSubstituted forBrysonat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 10Ward
  • 16Lingard
  • 21Roos
  • 29Thomas
  • 32Shotton
  • 33Mascarell

Sheff Wed

  • 1WestwoodBooked at 75mins
  • 8Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 18Zayatte
  • 17Helan
  • 20LeeBooked at 79mins
  • 37McGugan
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 50minsSubstituted forKirklandat 76'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forMaguireat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 48KeaneSubstituted forMattockat 72'minutes
  • 9NuhiuBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 3Mattock
  • 7May
  • 10Maguire
  • 33Melo
  • 35Dielna
  • 36Vermijl
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
31,628

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

Hand ball by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

Will Hughes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jesse Lingard (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Darren Bent (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Kirkland replaces Sam Hutchinson.

Penalty Derby County. Tom Ince draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday) after a foul in the penalty area.

Dismissal

Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the red card.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Joe Mattock replaces Will Keane.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Buxton.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kamil Zayatte.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Hughes.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby32188664333162
2Middlesbrough32179649222760
3Bournemouth32178766353159
4Ipswich32169750321857
5Norwich32168862362656
6Watford321751063402356
7Brentford32174114943655
8Wolves3214994340351
9Nottm Forest321111105147444
10Blackburn321111104242044
11Leeds32118133440-641
12Sheff Wed32913102531-640
13Reading32117143646-1040
14Charlton3281593441-739
15Birmingham32912113646-1039
16Huddersfield32109134153-1239
17Cardiff32911123844-638
18Bolton32107154152-1137
19Fulham32106164455-1136
20Brighton32713123642-634
21Rotherham32713123246-1434
22Millwall32710152848-2031
23Wigan32510172845-1725
24Blackpool32410182861-3322
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