Championship
Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday0DerbyDerby County0

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Derby County

Alex Lopez and Bradley Johnson
Alex Lopez earned one of the game's six bookings for a challenge on Derby's Bradley Johnson

Derby missed out on the chance to go second in the Championship as they were held to a draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The home side were generally more enterprising, with Ross Wallace's shot forcing a superb save from Lee Grant.

It was the only effort on target in the opening half and chances remained scarce for either side after the break.

Daniel Pudil hammered a shot wide for the Owls, while Derby's Bradley Johnson rattled the bar with a late free-kick.

The Rams remain in third place, two points behind Middlesbrough, with Wednesday moving above Birmingham City into seventh place, and outside the play-off places on goal difference only.

The match saw players and supporters pay tribute to 18-year-old Sheffield Hallam University student Caroline Everest, who was found dead in a river last month, with a round of applause in the 18th minute.

Hard to beat
Derby have taken 33 points from their last 14 league games, while Wednesday have 26 from the last 13 - both sides only beaten once

Wednesday have not beaten the Rams in any competition since April 2006 and boss Carlos Carvalhal made five changes to the starting line-up against Blackburn last weekend in the hope of finding a winning formula.

The visitors had Lee Grant in goal in place of the injured Scott Carson and he soon proved his worth as he prevented Wallace's powerful half-volley from finding the top corner.

There was plenty of endeavour by Wednesday in the first 45 minutes, but the game lacked the touch of quality that might have been expected from two of the division's form sides.

Derby, having won 10 of their last 13 Championship matches, took until the 67th minute to produce an effort of note, when Johnson's left-foot effort was saved by Keiren Westwood.

Tom Ince was largely ineffective in front of watching father Paul and was taken off just after the hour mark along with Stephen Warnock, who had taken a knock.

It was Johnson, back in the side after suspension, who came closest to a winner when Johnny Russell rolled an indirect free-kick to him inside the box after the Owls were penalised for a backpass, and his shot struck the woodwork.

Wednesday defender Glenn Loovens glanced a corner wide, and Derby sub Darren Bent had the ball in the net late on but it was ruled out for offside, with neither side able to break the deadlock.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal: "I analysed the game and I think they played very well, but today I think we played better than the opponent.

"I am not saying we are better than Derby, but today I think we had more quality on the pitch.

"This is good for us, this is good for the future. Where you are in the table, I don't think it is important as it's December.

"In May, it can be important but not at this moment. It is important that we're in a process."

Derby County head coach Paul Clement: "I didn't think we played very well today - I was very disappointed at the end of the first half.

"It was slightly better in the second half and in the end we were only a crossbar away from nicking it, but I think overall it was probably a fair result.

"Credit to them and the way they defended - tight lines, a lot of pressure on the ball, doubling up and they've got confidence here at home. They've got a good home record."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 53mins
  • 5Loovens
  • 36PudilBooked at 70mins
  • 33Wallace
  • 20Lee
  • 21LópezBooked at 31mins
  • 41Bannan
  • 45ForestieriBooked at 90mins
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forHooperat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Semedo
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 10McGugan
  • 14Hooper
  • 16Wiggins
  • 24Sougou
  • 28Wildsmith

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 37WarnockSubstituted forBairdat 64'minutes
  • 18ButterfieldBooked at 30mins
  • 34ThorneBooked at 23mins
  • 15Johnson
  • 23InceSubstituted forRussellat 63'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 24WeimannSubstituted forBentat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hendrick
  • 10Bent
  • 11Russell
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 32Shotton
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
19,252

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Derby County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Derby County 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

  4. Booking

    Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Jason Shackell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. George Thorne tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Bradley Johnson (Derby County) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Johnny Russell following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Back pass by Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

  19. Post update

    Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton19118027161141
2Middlesbrough19123429121739
3Derby19107226111537
4Hull19105428131535
5Burnley199732619734
6Cardiff197842218429
7Sheff Wed197842522329
8Birmingham198472522328
9Ipswich197752827128
10Brentford198472625128
11Reading197662622427
12QPR197572425-126
13Blackburn195952118324
14Wolves196672424024
15Nottm Forest196581919023
16Fulham195773133-222
17Leeds195771822-422
18Preston194961516-121
19Huddersfield194691928-918
20MK Dons1944111526-1116
21Bristol City193791832-1416
22Charlton1944111732-1516
23Rotherham1943122235-1315
24Bolton191991428-1412
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