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Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Sheffield United: Derby at Hillsborough ends goalless

Kieren Westwood save
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood made a smart save from Gary Madine's first-half header

The second Sheffield derby of the Championship season between Wednesday and United ended goalless at a wet Hillsborough.

A third consecutive stalemate between the two city rivals left the Blades third, two points behind second-placed Leeds, while the Owls are six points off the play-offs.

A competitive first half yielded only one effort on target - Blades striker Gary Madine's close-range header, which Keiren Westwood kept out at his near post.

However, the best chance of the game fell after the break to Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson, who timed his run perfectly to get onto the end of Rolando Aarons' low cross, but he could only divert his shot straight at United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Henderson had earlier made a diving save to deny winger Aarons on his way to registering a fourth successive clean sheet.

The Blades looked most likely to find a breakthrough in the closing stages but a series of set-pieces amounted to little in the way of attempts at goal.

Wednesday, who climbed a place to 13th in the Championship, are unbeaten in seven league matches since Steve Bruce took charge at the start of February.

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Sheffield United visit second-placed Leeds United on 16 March

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Both teams didn't want to lose and it's always the same in a derby game in my experience.

"That little bit of quality [for the Hutchinson chance] was the only bit we showed. Rolando got free and put a wonderful cross in. I think it was John Egan who left it alone, which confused Sam really.

"He's disappointed because it was the best opportunity of the game. They were few and far between."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It was a very bitty game that was littered with fouls from both sides. It never got going.

"We take a point and move on. We had a great chance in the first half and they had one in the second when Dean made a good save for us.

"It was a fair result. I thought both teams defended really well against set-pieces but from a control point of view we just didn't do it.

"They've got good players and an outstanding manager so this was always going to be a difficult game."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 27IorfaSubstituted forFoxat 79'minutes
  • 15Lees
  • 34Hector
  • 2Palmer
  • 20Reach
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 10Bannan
  • 39Aarons
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forBoydat 45'minutes
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forNuhiuat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 19Matias
  • 21Boyd
  • 25Dawson
  • 36Pudil

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18Freeman
  • 8DowellSubstituted forCranieat 62'minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 14MadineSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 68'minutes
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 11Hogan
  • 15Coutts
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 19Stearman
  • 21Duffy
  • 25Moore
  • 28Cranie
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
31,630

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Sheffield United 0.

Attempt missed. Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Michael Hector with a headed pass.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Steven Fletcher.

Offside, Sheffield United. Dean Henderson tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Adam Reach tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Sheffield United. Enda Stevens tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

John Egan (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. John Egan (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Attempt blocked. Martin Cranie (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieron Freeman.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Morgan Fox replaces Dominic Iorfa.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. David McGoldrick replaces Gary Madine.

Foul by Gary Madine (Sheffield United).

Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Martin Cranie (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rolando Aarons with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Martin Cranie replaces Kieran Dowell.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich35209671452669
2Leeds35207859382167
3Sheff Utd35198859342565
4West Brom35179967472060
5Middlesbrough341513638241458
6Bristol City34159104436854
7Derby34149114342151
8Birmingham35121495345850
9Nottm Forest35121494740750
10Hull35148135048250
11Aston Villa35111596153848
12Preston351212115449548
13Sheff Wed351212114148-748
14Swansea34138134542347
15Brentford3412101258461246
16Stoke351014113742-544
17Blackburn351111134755-844
18QPR35126174255-1342
19Wigan3499163347-1436
20Millwall35810173853-1534
21Reading35712163751-1433
22Rotherham35615143756-1933
23Bolton3568212255-3326
24Ipswich35312202759-3221
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