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Derby County 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Rams into top six despite home draw

Derby's Bradley Johnson
Bradley Johnson's goal was his first for Derby since scoring against Wednesday in October 2017

Derby County climbed back into the Championship play-off places despite being held to a draw at home by Sheffield Wednesday.

The Rams, who beat Wigan last week after a run of three defeats, went ahead when Bradley Johnson made no mistake after Duane Holmes' corner was flicked on.

Wednesday, though, had the majority of possession and attempts on goal in the first half, with Scott Carson saving from Steven Fletcher and George Boyd.

They lost Fletcher to injury after the break, but finally earned their reward when an unmarked Dominic Iorfa headed past Carson from Barry Bannan's free-kick.

Despite only collecting a point, Derby moved up to sixth, with Bristol City slipping down a place following their home defeat by Leeds.

Wednesday have yet to be beaten since Steve Bruce took over as manager eight games ago, but remained 13th, still six points adrift of the Rams with 10 games to play.

Home boss Frank Lampard swapped his strikers after Iorfa's goal with Jack Marriott and David Nugent replacing Martyn Waghorn and Harry Wilson, while Wednesday sent on Sam Winnall, who played 18 games on loan for Derby last season.

Winnall had the ball in the net for the visitors, only for the referee to disallow his effort for kicking the ball out of Carson's hands as both lay on the floor.

But Derby finished the stronger, with Keiren Westwood saving from Jayden Bogle, Holmes and Florian Jozefzoon, and goalscorer Johnson almost grabbing a winner with an effort which took a big deflection and bounced just wide of the post.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard:

"It was possibly a fair result but the way we pushed at the end and the chances we had it felt like we were the ones trying to win the game.

"It's slightly disappointing but a point takes us back into the top six which we can be happy about and I thought the effort was really there, we kept pushing to the end and that's why I'm disappointed we didn't get the win because we worked hard for it.

"We must remain very positive. It's been a patch where we've been slightly off form, there's no doubt about it, but we fought today and could have won and it's important that we keep momentum now."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We were better in the second half that's for sure. We gave the ball away cheaply in the first-half too often. But even still we had one or two really good opportunities. We've been rock solid defensively and yet they scored from a set-piece.

"A draw probably was the right result although probably doesn't do either side any good. We need to get wins at this stage of the season. I've got to be pleased, 1-0 away from home, you've got to accept that.

"(Steven) Fletcher's got a whack to his knee and his ankle, we'll see how he is tomorrow. Unfortunately we've been dealt that hand but we've still got a big enough squad to cause a lot of teams problems."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 37BogleBooked at 43mins
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Tomori
  • 46Malone
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 15Johnson
  • 7WilsonSubstituted forNugentat 72'minutes
  • 23HolmesBooked at 45mins
  • 20BennettSubstituted forJozefzoonat 35'minutes
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forMarriottat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 11Jozefzoon
  • 14Marriott
  • 21Roos
  • 26Cole
  • 28Nugent
  • 41Bird

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 27Iorfa
  • 15Lees
  • 34Hector
  • 2PalmerBooked at 90mins
  • 10Bannan
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 20ReachBooked at 27mins
  • 21BoydSubstituted forWinnallat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 39AaronsSubstituted forFoxat 90+5'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forNuhiuat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 11Winnall
  • 12Thorniley
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 19Matias
  • 25Dawson
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
28,574

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Morgan Fox replaces Rolando Aarons.

Booking

Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday).

Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Florian Jozefzoon (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Keogh.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Duane Holmes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jayden Bogle.

Booking

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Attempt saved. Jack Marriott (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Sam Hutchinson.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Duane Holmes (Derby County).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Jayden Bogle (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Duane Holmes.

Dangerous play by Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday).

Scott Carson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Liam Palmer is caught offside.

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

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Harry Wilson.

Attempt missed. Jayden Bogle (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Marriott.

Foul by Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Fikayo Tomori.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jack Marriott replaces Martyn Waghorn.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich36219672452772
2Leeds36217860382270
3Sheff Utd36208861342768
4West Brom361710968482061
5Middlesbrough351513739261358
6Derby361510114644255
7Bristol City35159114437754
8Nottm Forest361314950401053
9Preston361312115549651
10Birmingham35121495345850
11Hull36148145051-150
12Brentford3513101260471349
13Sheff Wed361213114249-749
14Aston Villa35111596153848
15Swansea35138144543247
16Stoke361015113742-545
17Blackburn361111144756-944
18QPR36127174255-1343
19Reading36812164053-1336
20Wigan3699183652-1636
21Millwall36810183955-1634
22Rotherham36615153758-2133
23Bolton3678212456-3229
24Ipswich36313202860-3222
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