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Wednesday 0 - Derby County 0

Hillsborough, Sheffield

20/03/10 - 3pm

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Wednesday 0-0 Derby

Wednesday showed plenty of effort but couldn't find any cutting edge in a bore draw against fellow strugglers Derby County at Hillsborough.

Both sides had good chances to grab all three points from what was a scrappy encounter but Alan Irvine's Owls had to settle for their third stalemate on the spin.

Wednesday stopper Lee Grant was on top form against hid former club, pulling off a string of fine saves, while the Owls had chances of their own but couldn't find the back of the net in frustrating fashion.

Irvine made two changes to the side that took a point from PNE in midweek, both being forced.

The injured Jermaine Johnson was replaced by Tom Soares on the wing, while Luke Varney, unavailable to feature against his parent club, was replaced by Leon Clarke in attack.

And the game started at a rapid pace with both sides having golden opportunities inside the opening two minutes.

Tommy Miller should have given the hosts the lead when he was put through on goal only to blast his effort straight at Derby stopper Stephen Bywater from just six yards out when he should have found the back of the net.

Moments later Grant had to be at his best to produce a top-class reflex save to tip a Chris Porter header over the bar for a corner as the clash opened in lively fashion.

Both sides settled down and it was Wednesday who were edging the play in terms of possession and chances - albeit the chances being half chances.

Soares wqs looking good in midfield for Wednesday, running at the Derby defence and looking a Jermaine Johnson-like threat with some penetrating raids towards the Derby goal.

His trickery was lacking a finish though and although Wednesday were looking closest to finding the breakthrough, Bywater was rarely threatened.

Soares did see a shot thwarted by Bywater but it was relatively comfortable for the Rams stopper as most of the play was inside the middle third of the park.

Despite the Owls looking the better of the two teams it was the visitors who could have taken the lead into half-time.

Grant again did brilliantly to produce an almost carbon-copy save from Porter at the start of the half when he tipped a Rob Hulse effort over the bar.

Hulse, and fellow former Blade Michael Tonge, were both getting a ribbing from the Wednesday support, but both looked disappointing, as far as Derby were concerned at least.

The Owls' faithful applauded their men off the field at half-time knowing they'd put in a decent shift, but also knowing they needed to improve their final ball on the resumption if they were to break through the Rams defence.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Derby

The second-half failed to live up to the first in terms of chances, with little in the way of goalmouth activity in the opening exchanges.

Wednesday suffered a blow when Darren Purse limped off just ten minutes after the restart, Richard Hinds coming into defence while James O'Connor took the captain's armband.

Francis Jeffers was introduced from the bench just six minutes later with Clarke making way, and the former Arsenal and Everton man looked lively with his first few touches.

His movement looked good and he was keen to get involved in the action, although his partnership with Tudgay left much to be desired.

With the long balls coming forward, Clarke could well have been the one to stay on and win the headers, with Tudgay not exactly pulling up any trees in attack.

But Jeffers' introduction sparked a good spell for Wednesday, and a spell they needed to score in if they were to bag all the spoils.

Soares was felled in dangerous territory and Darren Potter's free-kick was met by the head of Mark Beevers, who saw his looping header beat Bywater but be cleared off the line by Tonge.

Jeffers also twice came close to finding the breakthrough.

First, Soares showed a never-say-die desire to reach a ball seemingly going out for a goal kick before leaving Bywater stranded and pulling the ball back for Jeffers to steer into an empty net before the Derby defence scrambled back to clear the danger for a corner.

And the Owls' number nine then came close to connecting with a Miller looping header but just couldn't make the vital strike.

The Owls seemingly ran out of gas as the match came into the final ten minutes and although winning a few late corners, Derby's defence stood firm to take a deserved share of the spoils.

Full-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Derby




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Date:Saturday March 20 2010

Time: 7:12PM

Your Comments

21,827 and thats including 3,000 derby fans?? not good. the attendances will be awfull in league 1 next season.
bladesforlife1889
It will be no different to yours you piggy 8astard, when you lot don't make the playoffs, and you stop giving 50% of your tickets away to all the glory hunters.
ecco owl
how did you work that out your average attendance is 25,283 and ours is 22,230 both after 19 games. that is only 3053 difference you moron! plus you have already had your home game agaisnt us and you didnt even get 30,000 then! infact you havent got 30,000 this season at all. sort it out piggy.
Wednesdayforlife
All they'll do wednesdayforlife is give more tickets away, just so they can say we've got bigger crowds than you, when all they are really doing is put themselves in more debt, what a sad bunch of pigs.
ecco owl
Ah bfl never gives up, does he? Lose your manager this season (because it's going to happen when we beat you), lose your parachute payments next season, blown the playoffs.. what a state your club is in. You've got more to worry about than the number of folks going through the turnstiles at Hillsborough, as you well know.
Auckland Owl
he's a moron
ozzietheowl
BFL, does Jim Henson know one of his muppets have escaped, I'd keep quiet if I were you! Lets face it, if the roles were reversed and you were in Wednesday position (league and financial) you'd be struggling to get 20k through the door. When the chips are down more Wednesday fans turn up to support their club than your scummy set up, this will be proved in the next few years my son, mark my words, now get to school before you're late!
sussexowl
Lets be honest we could do with giving some tickets away and getting some much needed support in the ground. All we've had all season is "your grounds too big for you". It makes a big difference when the grounds fuller as we've seen before in the kids for a quid games. Surely its better to make the same money and have the ground fuller, its good for the team, they perform better, people like what they see and want to come back and pay "simples". There were a lot of empty seats on Saturday, the cr*p weather did'nt help, but the support from our fans was great particularyly in the second half. Onto the game - well much much better home performance. Grant awesome, back four pretty good, midfield scrappy but better, up front lacking pace and ideas? Dare I say it Franny showed some good touches and movement when he came on.
MightyWednesday
When United were in a similar position to us under Adrian Heath, they were mustering around 10,000 for home games, and taking 200 fans to Barnsley. Think you should keep quiet pfl you clown.
johnnywalker69
not exactly true pig. check your figures again wherever you have just plucked them from. I went to barnsley in 98 and united took over 4,000 then and sold there full allocation. we were averaging 15,000 that season. our fan base has grown with your deline just like yours grew when we were struggling in the mid 90's.
bladesforlife1889
not exactly true pig. check your figures again wherever you have just plucked them from. I went to barnsley in 98 and united took over 4,000 then and sold there full allocation. we were averaging 15,000 that season. our fan base has grown with your deline just like yours grew when we were struggling in the mid 90's.
bladesforlife1889
hahaha, pfl you absolute clown! you're 12yrs old, so how the hell do you know what happened back then. I'm not talking about averages pig, I'm talking about what your support dwindled down to when you were near bottom of 2nd tier. And yes, although you're too young to remember, you did take only a few hundred to Barnsley
johnnywalker69
 

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