Derby County 3-0 Wednesday
9/11/13 - 3pm
Wednesday did little to show last week´s 5-2 thrashing of Reading was the start of an upturn in fortunes as they suffered a convincing 3-0 defeat against an on-song Derby County at Pride Park.
Goals from Jake Buxon, Will Hughes and Chris Martin gave Steve McLaren´s Rams a well-deserved three points and brought Dave Jones´s men crashing back down to earth with a bang following their first win of the season last time out.
Jones stuck with Matty Fryatt and Connor Wickham in attack after the pair helped rip the Royals to shreds last week but Wednesday were never really in the contest against a Rams side keen to bounce back from defeat against QPR in their last outing.
Derby were on the front foot from the off but Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland wasn´t called into any serious early action as the visitors looked to soak up some pressure and get a foothold in the game.
Craig Bryson first threatened the Wednesday goal from a free-kick 15 minutes in but his shot took a deflection and drifted just wide of the goal.
Simon Dawkins looked dangerous throughout for McLaren´s men and he twice threatened the Owls goal in quick succession but Wednesday remained strong at the back, if struggling to make an impact in attack.
The game looked to be heading into the interval goalless, a scoreline certainly more suited for the visitors, until Buxton bagged the opener.
Jamie Ward´s free-kick was sent into the mix and Buxton was there to head in the opener from the underside of the bar. It was a goal Wednesday would have been gutted to give away given their aerial dominance.
The scoreline was a fair reflection on the direction of the game and half-time will have given the Owls time to regroup for what they hoped would be a more improved second 45 minutes.
The Rams had other ideas, however, and carried their momentum into the second half to double their lead almost straight after the interval.
A lost ball in the middle of the park allowed Derby to break and a flowing move eventually saw Hughes drill in County´s second to leave Wednesday with it all to do.
A third soon followed from Martin to all-but seal the game and although Jones acted and brought on Jermaine Johnson and Giles Coke to try and stem the flow of the game, it was too little too late.
Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson, Keogh, Martin (Sammon 85), Ward (Davies 90), Hughes, Buxton, Dawkins (Bennett 76), Wisdom, Cisse.
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Zayatte, Roger Johnson, Reda Johnson, Antonio, McPhail (Coke 53), Olofinjana (Palmer 73), Helan (Jermaine Johnson 53), Fryatt, Wickham.