Wednesday and Derby Draw a Blank
1.15pm Sunday 6th December 2015
Wednesday and high flyers Derby County played out a 0-0 in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Hillsborough yesterday. Both teams classed as two of the Championships big hitters played out an intriguing draw with neither able to find a breakthrough.
During the first half the best chance was created out of nothing when former Owls keeper Lee Grant tipped a superb Ross Wallace volley over after the scottish winger looked to open the scoring. Despite the lack of quality chances the game felt far from dull as both sides cancelled each other out and traded possession, corners, free kicks and long range efforts. Including the returning Barry Bannan who fired over from range and Fernando Forestieri`s shot was too high as the visitors resisted against the Owls pressure.
After the break Derby's top scorer Chris Martin came close with a deflected free kick as the half got going. £6million pound midfielder Bradley Johnson headed over from a Jacob Butterfield cross as the visitors start to gain a foothold in the game. Wednesday with the combo of Forestieri, Bannan and Lee reunited as the Owls took back the initiative without troubling Grant in the County goal. Derby looked threatening on the break again without causing too much for Wednesdayites to worry about with. The best chance came as Johnson forced a save from Keiren Westwood with a shot from the edge of the area.
The game's best chance came as Bradley Johnson hit the bar when a indirect free kick was rolled to him after Loovens knocked a long ball back to Westwood at pace. Fortunately Johnson effort cannoned off the bar and was knocked into Westwood's crasp by Martin on the rebound.
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Hutchinson, Loovens, Joao (Hooper, 76), Lee Lopez, Wallace, Pudil, Bannan, Forestieri
Substitutes not used: Wildsmith, Semedo, Nuhiu, McGugan, Wiggins, Sougou
Derby County: Grant, Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Warnock (Baird, 63); Thorne, Butterfield, Johnson; Ince (Russell, 63), Weimann (Bent, 76), Martin
Substitutes not used: Mitchell, Hendrick, Pearce, Shotton
Hutchinson slotted into the space left by injured Tom Lees in a brave move by Carlos Carvalhal that caused raised eyebrows from a large amount of Wednesdayites at Hillsborough and online. However, Hutch joined club captain Glenn Loovens in the centre of defence and put on a fantastic display as he kept the trio of Chris Martin, Andi Weimann and Darren Bent quiet all game with the Owls only looking likely to concede from a Johnson indirect free kick in the second half.