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Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Derby County

Sheffield Wednesday and Derby have both kept three clean sheets in three games

Sheffield Wednesday and Derby played out a draw to keep their unbeaten records intact.

Both sides had won their opening Championship games last Saturday, as well as their midweek League Cup ties.

But they had to settle for a share of the points in a scrappy encounter.

Wednesday went closest to breaking the stalemate in the first half when Chris Maguire's free-kick hit the crossbar, while substitute Johnny Russell was twice denied by Keiren Westwood.

The Rams were last season's losing play-off finalists and top scorers in the league, but they struggled to make it count in front of goal at Hillsborough.

Forward Chris Martin's first-half effort hit the side netting while Jeff Hendrick, looking to score for the third successive game, twice fired over from inside the area.

Wednesday saw the best chance of the half go amiss, when Maguire's free-kick smashed off the bar and down before being cleared from danger.

Striker Maguire, who scored 10 goals for the Owls last term, continued to press for a goal in the second half and his long-range shot was saved well by Rams keeper Lee Grant, before Nuhiu was flagged offside on the follow up.

Derby introduced winger Russell from the bench on 65 minutes and he brought a spark to his side, and twice split the Wednesday defence to race clear on goal, only for keeper Westwood to pull off two superb saves.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray:

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Gray on Sheff Wed v Derby

"It was two good teams both going for the win and I'm amazed it's finished 0-0. I wanted a fast start and I just thought we nullified them really with the intensity and the hard work we put in.

"It was an entertaining 0-0 draw, I'm just disappointed that I'm not sat here talking to you about three points. I thought we had a 20-minute period in the first half where we probably dominated the game. But that's a quality side we've just played so the players should take a lot of encouragement from it.

"It just shows you how important goalkeepers are in your team; Lee Grant did very well for Derby and when Keiren Westwood had to pull off a save, around about the 80th minute, it was a big save for us."

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

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McClaren on Sheff Wed v Derby

"Sheffield Wednesday are a far better team than last season, I don't think many teams will come here and collect points. I think they're tough opponents and I think, first half, we got a taste of it.

"We were on the back foot, we stopped playing football and credit to Sheffield Wednesday, their game plan was good and they put us under pressure and they probably felt at half-time they should have gone at least one goal up.

"We toughed it out against a physical team, defended very well, looked hard to beat and we know we just need to improve at the other end. We nearly won it, I was pleased with the way we finished the game, the last 20 minutes we were very strong. I thought we were going to win the game then."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 3MattockBooked at 78mins
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 38mins
  • 15Lees
  • 5LoovensBooked at 45mins
  • 10Maguire
  • 20LeeSubstituted forCokeat 41'minutes
  • 9NuhiuSubstituted forMadineat 71'minutes
  • 7May
  • 19Maghoma

Substitutes

  • 6Semedo
  • 14Coke
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Helan
  • 18Zayatte
  • 24Madine
  • 43Kirkland

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 3Forsyth
  • 19HughesSubstituted forMascarellat 60'minutes
  • 5Buxton
  • 6KeoghBooked at 49mins
  • 4BrysonBooked at 62mins
  • 8Hendrick
  • 9Martin
  • 7DawkinsSubstituted forRussellat 66'minutes
  • 10WardSubstituted forBestat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Russell
  • 12Naylor
  • 14Eustace
  • 17Whitbread
  • 21Roos
  • 30Best
  • 33Mascarell
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
25,186

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home21
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Derby County 0.
Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Joe Mattock.
Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Palmer with a cross.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.
Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leon Best (Derby County).
Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leon Best.
Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Buxton following a corner.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jacques Maghoma.
Offside, Derby County. Omar Mascarell tries a through ball, but Richard Keogh is caught offside.

Booking

Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).
Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday).
Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.
Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.
Attempt missed. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gary Madine.
Attempt blocked. Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Gary Madine replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.
Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Bryson.
Foul by Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday).
Omar Mascarell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Simon Dawkins.
Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).
Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Craig Bryson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).
Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Leon Best replaces Jamie Ward.
Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).
Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Omar Mascarell replaces Will Hughes.
Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).
Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stevie May.
Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Giles Coke.
Attempt saved. Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jake Buxton.
Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stevie May.

Booking

Richard Keogh (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).
Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Palmer.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

Second Half

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Derby County 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Derby County 0.
Attempt missed. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.
Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).
Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).
Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Bournemouth220056
2Millwall220036
3Cardiff211024
4Nottm Forest211024
5Blackburn211014
6Charlton211014
7Reading211014
8Derby211014
9Sheff Wed211014
10Norwich210123
11Middlesbrough210113
12Watford210103
13Ipswich210103
14Rotherham210103
15Wolves210103
16Birmingham2101-13
17Leeds2101-13
18Wigan2011-11
19Brentford2011-11
20Bolton2011-31
21Fulham2002-20
22Brighton2002-20
23Blackpool2002-30
24Huddersfield2002-60
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