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Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Derby County

Steven Fletcher goal
Steven Fletcher has scored four of his 11 goals this season in his past four appearances

Steven Fletcher's fourth goal in four games helped Sheffield Wednesday overcome Derby to move the Owls to the brink of confirming a place in the Championship play-offs.

Neither keeper was tested before the break, with Darren Bent meeting a Johnny Russell corner early in the second half to head the Rams in front.

Fletcher then headed off the bar before eventually nodding in the equaliser.

Soon after Gary Hooper pounced in the box to fire home the winner.

Wednesday's first league win over Derby in eight game at Hillsborough leaves them needing just two points from the final two games to confirm a top-six spot for a second successive season after Leeds were beaten by Burton.

Derby, a side left with nothing to play for after their play-off hopes were dashed following their draw with Huddersfield on Easter Monday, made Carlos Carvalhal's team work hard for the vital three points in a game that failed to reach any great heights in the opening 45 minutes.

While both were restricted to half chances before the break, the match was ignited as a spectacle after Bent headed the Rams in front.

Derby's Will Hughes had an effort cleared off the line by Glenn Loovens and Fletcher, the Scotland international who joined the Owls from Premier League side Sunderland in July last year, showed his worth once again with his header to level, having earlier been denied by the woodwork.

It was the first of two goals in six minutes, Fletcher challenging for a header in the box before the ball fell for Hooper to score.

Sheffield Wednesday coach Lee Bullen: "Our focus is on ourselves, we are not worrying about anybody else. We know what we have got to do, we knew what we had to do before the game today and we will continue to strive to hit our targets and not worry about what is going on elsewhere.

"Full focus will be on Ipswich next week. Nothing to do with Fulham [in their final game of the regular season], nothing to do with play-offs, no interest in that, it is only to do with Ipswich.

"As a unit and as a group, as we have been all season, the lads took it [the Derby goal] on the chin, rolled their sleeves up and showed a lot of quality for a period of 10 to 15 minutes to get the two goals. There is such a feel-good factor about the group, but the job is not done."

Derby County boss Gary Rowett: "I think when we got the goal we looked in control and I think that was the disappointing thing for me. We looked like we probably should have gone and got the second. Will Hughes breaks through and I don't want to advocate it, but had he have fallen to the floor, I think he would have got a penalty.

"But he did the honest thing and stayed on his feet and probably suffered for it because he couldn't quite get enough power on the shot, but at that point it looked like we were probably going to make it two.

"We just had a really stupid 10-minute spell. Two balls into the box that we didn't deal with very well and that was it, really. We have to be smarter. When you have got the game and opposition on the rack, you have got to kill them off. You can't let them back into the game."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 12Loovens
  • 36Pudil
  • 33Wallace
  • 5LeeSubstituted forRhodesat 56'minutes
  • 41Bannan
  • 9ReachBooked at 53mins
  • 6FletcherSubstituted forForestieriat 81'minutes
  • 14HooperSubstituted forSemedoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 10McManaman
  • 17Rhodes
  • 24Semedo
  • 39Sasso
  • 44Nuhiu
  • 45Forestieri

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Pearce
  • 29OlssonSubstituted forBairdat 10'minutes
  • 7Russell
  • 19HughesBooked at 57minsSubstituted forInceat 74'minutes
  • 15Johnson
  • 8Anya
  • 23Vydra
  • 11BentSubstituted forNugentat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 10Ince
  • 12Baird
  • 18Butterfield
  • 20Camara
  • 28Nugent
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
28,889

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Derby County 1.

Offside, Derby County. Johnny Russell tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross Wallace.

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Chris Baird (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent with a headed pass.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Baird.

Foul by Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday).

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Fernando Forestieri replaces Steven Fletcher.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josè Semedo replaces Gary Hooper.

Hand ball by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Tom Ince replaces Will Hughes.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Daniel Pudil tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Offside, Derby County. Will Hughes tries a through ball, but Ikechi Anya is caught offside.

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Hand ball by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Derby County 1. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Darren Bent.

Attempt missed. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Derby County 1. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Hooper with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Booking

Will Hughes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Rhodes replaces Kieran Lee.

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Booking

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Daniel Pudil with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Derby County 1. Darren Bent (Derby County) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton44288873383592
2Newcastle432671076393785
3Reading44247136362179
4Sheff Wed442391258431578
5Huddersfield43246135553278
6Fulham4421131082552776
7Leeds442271557431473
8Norwich441991678661266
9Brentford441891773611263
10Derby441712155048263
11Preston431613146257561
12Cardiff441611175759-259
13Aston Villa431513154546-158
14Barnsley441512176363057
15Wolves431510185254-255
16Ipswich441316154854-655
17Bristol City44149215965-651
18Burton441312194658-1251
19QPR44148225062-1250
20Nottm Forest44139225970-1148
21Birmingham431114184263-2147
22Blackburn441015194964-1545
23Wigan441011233955-1641
24Rotherham4456333896-5821
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