Match ends, Derby County 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
Derby County 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Martin rescues point for Rams
Chris Martin's late penalty rescued a point for Derby County and stopped Sheffield Wednesday from moving into the Championship play-off places.
Martin slotted home from the spot after Jack Marriott went down in the area, having tangled with Moses Odubajo.
The visitors had taken a deserved lead when Barry Bannan intercepted Craig Forsyth's loose pass out of defence and fed Steven Fletcher who swept home from 20 yards.
Odubajo was sent off in the closing moments for a second bookable offence and the Rams, who had marked the death of former manager Jim Smith with a minute's applause before the game, nearly grabbed a winner when Marriott's header was deflected wide.
The result stretched Derby's unbeaten home run to nine games, while Wednesday are one point outside the top six.
Garry Monk's Owls had won their previous two games and will feel they should have made that three with what would have been their first victory at Pride Park since April 2006.
They were utterly dominant in the first 45 minutes but had only Fletcher's fifth goal in his past three games to show for it at the break.
On the day that Derby paid tribute to Smith, the first manager to lead them into the Premier League in 1996, this was a reminder that they are unlikely to end their 12-season spell in the Championship this campaign.
They lacked inspiration throughout and scarcely created a chance of note prior to Martin's goal, his first since 2 October.
Phillip Cocu's men, who are 16th in the table, host improving Millwall on Saturday while Wednesday visit Nottingham Forest.
Derby County manager Phillip Cocu:
"Their tactical choice was to play direct, but they didn't want us to play football.
"It took us 30 minutes to find a good way on the ball and that's a long time. You have to realise that you need to put in more effort and be more aggressive.
"I'm very pleased with the second half and it confirms to me that we can do it. You have to find a way to get a result and in the second half we were much better.
"We played with passion, played with danger and I thought we deserved to win in the end."
Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"I thought we were fantastic in the fist 25 minutes and we had them on the rocks but we just couldn't get that second goal.
"It was a really scrappy affair after the first 30 minutes and there wasn't much composure shown by either team. It wasn't enjoyable to watch.
"Moses gave the referee a decision to make for the penalty and we have to live with that.
"From an away perspective we have to look at it as a point gained because we ended with 10 men."
- 38KnightBooked at 50minsSubstituted forMarriottat 68'minutes
- 17EvansBooked at 25mins
- 49WhittakerSubstituted forWaghornat 68'minutes
- 10LawrenceBooked at 83mins
- 22OdubajoBooked at 90mins
- 20ReachBooked at 11mins
- 23HutchinsonBooked at 83mins
- 7K HarrisSubstituted forMurphyat 61'minutes
- 6RhodesSubstituted forNuhiuat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 9FletcherSubstituted forLuongoat 79'minutes
- Steve Martin
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
Attempt missed. Jack Marriott (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Curtis Davies with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jayden Bogle (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt blocked. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.
Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Adam Reach.
Attempt blocked. Jack Marriott (Derby County) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.
Second yellow card to Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday) for a bad foul.
Scott Malone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday).
Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tom Lees.
Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jayden Bogle.
Tom Lawrence (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.
Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Derby County 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Chris Martin (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty Derby County. Jack Marriott draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt saved. Duane Holmes (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jayden Bogle.
Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Massimo Luongo replaces Steven Fletcher.
Offside, Derby County. Scott Malone tries a through ball, but George Evans is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).
Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).
Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Jordan Rhodes.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Scott Malone.
Substitution, Derby County. Jack Marriott replaces Jason Knight.
Substitution, Derby County. Martyn Waghorn replaces Morgan Whittaker.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Morgan Fox.
Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.