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Wednesday 0 - Derby County 1

Hillsborough

18/2/14 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 21,039

Wednesday 0-1 Derby County

Patrick Bamford's superb strike 12 minutes from time gave in-form Derby all three points against Wednesday at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

Bamford's strike gave Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland no chance to win what was a closely contest match and leave Wednesday with back-to-back Championship defeats.

The hosts weren't short on chances with former goalkeeper Lee Grant making a number of good saves, mainly to deny Michail Antonio, but those chances were missed and Stuart Gray's men were made to pay.

Gray gave debuts to recent loan additions Leon Best and Gary Gardner, while Sam Hutchinson, another loanee from Chelsea, made his first appearance in the second half.

The game was tight in the first-half, with the Owls looking to bounce back from defeat against Wigan Athletic last time out and the Rams looking to continue their push for a top-two place.

Glenn Loovens came closest for the hosts when he saw his header cleared off the line and at the other end Kirkland comfortably dealt with a Will Hughes effort.

There were more clear-cut chances in the second half and, encouragingly, they fell to the Owls. Antonio had a good chance early on but Grant did well to deny the Owls winger and Antonio was to be denied twice more before full-time.

Chris Maguire also came close before Gray threw Hutchinson on for his debut and brought Benik Afobe into the fray with 20 minutes left to try and push for the opener.

It didn't come and Derby capitalised, with Bamford's brilliant strike sending Derby back down the M1 with all three points and leave the Owls with nothing to show for their efforts again.

Owls: Kirkland, Palmer, Loovens, Llera, Mattock, Antonio, Lee (Helan 45), Gardner (Hutchinson 61), Coke, Maguire, Best (Afobe 70)

Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Bryson (Hendrick 54), Keogh, Martin, Ward, Eustace (Sammon 76), Hughes, Buxton, Wisdom, Bamford.




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Date:Tuesday February 18 2014

Time: 11:59PM

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Nothing to show for their efforts again when did we here that before. Now the honeymoon period is over. We will see how SG deals with these two defeats and a draw on Saturday will just about be acceptable, but a draw on monday will not be. We need to start winning again immediately or we will be getting dragged in again. I have confidence in SG he needs to try and settle with a strikeforce and get Antonio hitting the back of the net. Bamfords goal was a cracker no doubt but I can not accept in post match conferences along the lines of we matched a very good side for 90 minutes and lost to a wonder strike. Maybe if we play against 10 & 9 men for the next 3 league games we will be safe
andymac-scoresagoal
Two games and two defeats but we haven't played badly in either. Good run was always going to end at some point but at least we're playing decent enough. Big few weeks coming up though
pob
 

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