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Derby County 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

David Nugent (left) congratulates goalscorer Matej Vydra
Matej Vydra's early penalty was his seventh goal of the season

Matej Vydra's early penalty set Derby County on their way to victory over 10-man Sheffield Wednesday.

Vydra hit his seventh goal this season after being felled by Glenn Loovens, who was given a straight red card.

The Rams missed several chances to seal back-to-back wins, notably through Vydra, while Steven Fletcher missed a glorious headed chance for the Owls.

But substitute Bradley Johnson made it 2-0 late on, when he found the roof of the net from Johnny Russell's pass.

Before Johnson's neat turn and finish with four minutes left, the Rams were in danger of paying for some sloppy finishing against an Owls side who have now lost three of their past four matches.

Nugent was the key attacking figure for the hosts, who moved up to eighth in the Championship table after a five-game unbeaten run,

He teed up an early chance that Vydra volleyed over and, after another astute Nugent pass led to Vydra's spot-kick opener, the former England striker then put in Tom Lawrence. However, the Wales international's chipped effort hit the post and was then cleared.

Fletcher's downward header that bounced high and wide was the standout opportunity for Sheffield Wednesday, but they also had strong penalty claims ignored when Fletcher tangled with Craig Forsyth.

The chances continued for both side after the break but, soon after the Owls' Barry Bannan was narrowly wide with a 25-yard strike, Johnson ensured the points.

Derby County boss Gary Rowett: "I've really mixed feelings. I gave the players a piece of my mind at half-time because it was really, really sloppy.

"It can happen like that against 10 men but I wasn't happy after the game either. It was good play by us for the penalty but they also felt they could have had a penalty, it looked an obvious penalty, I'm not sure why Fletcher would go down in that position if it wasn't.

"We were better second half, marginally, but I was certainly very pleased to get the second goal. But there's a lot more to come. There's a lot to improve on in the team and I thought we would get better as the season progresses."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: "It [The Loovens incident] seemed like a penalty and a red card but when we have a similar situation, it makes a massive impact because it could be 1-1 and Derby will play with 10 players.

"I don't know if I'm more upset that the referee doesn't give the penalty or what he says to Fletcher because he says to Fletcher 'I saw that he push your shirt but you must stay up', which I think is bad in my opinion.

"But I know my players and after this game, with this performance and what we did by showing the heart and commitment, it makes me believe the future will be better."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 14Wisdom
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 36Ledley
  • 7RussellBooked at 48mins
  • 23VydraSubstituted forJohnsonat 78'minutes
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forThorneat 88'minutes
  • 28NugentBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMartinat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Martin
  • 12Baird
  • 15Johnson
  • 16Pearce
  • 19Weimann
  • 34Thorne
  • 35Mitchell

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 12LoovensBooked at 4mins
  • 6Fox
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forMatiasat 82'minutes
  • 5LeeBooked at 21mins
  • 10BannanBooked at 45mins
  • 20ReachBooked at 64mins
  • 14Hooper
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 4van Aken
  • 16Palmer
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 18Lucas João
  • 19Matias
  • 28Wildsmith
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
27,426

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. George Thorne replaces Tom Lawrence.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Marco Matias replaces Ross Wallace.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

Attempt missed. Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Bradley Johnson replaces Matej Vydra.

Offside, Derby County. Johnny Russell tries a through ball, but Craig Forsyth is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Steven Fletcher.

Booking

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

Offside, Derby County. Tom Lawrence tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces David Nugent.

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

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

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross.

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

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Foul by Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Jack Hunt tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

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

Hand ball by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Booking

Johnny Russell (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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7Preston135621711621
8Derby125431713419
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