Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Derby County: Owls and Rams share the spoils

Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County played out a goalless draw at Hillsborough, as the Owls extended their winless streak against the Rams to 15 games.

Wednesday boss Carlos Carvahal made six changes with Kieran WestwoodDaniel Pudil, Fernando ForestieriBarry BannanAlex Lopez and Liam Palmer all being recalled to the starting XI, while Paul Clement made two changes with ex Owls keeper Lee Grant and Bradley Johnson come into the side. Grant replaced the injured Scott Carson while Johnson replaced Jeff Hendrick.

Sheffield Wednesday were the better side in the first half with Derby improving slightly  after the interval.

Both teams had chances to win the game late on with Johnson hitting the underside of the bar from a free-kick after Westwood was penalised for picking up a backpass from Glenn Loovens. The hosts went close as Loovens headed wide from a inswinging corner from Ross Wallace.

Sheffield Wednesday have better of the first half chances

The hosts had the better of the first half chances, while at the other end, Derby produced some chances to an attacking no-show.

Wednesday, who finished the first half in very good fashion, had the games only chance of the first half and went close to an opener. The chance arrived on 15 minutes when a very good half-volley from Wallace from distance was very smartly tipped over the bar former Owls keeper Grant who was in the Derby side due to injury for first choice keeper Carson who had got a slight back problem

The other threatening moment from the hosts also came from distance as first Bannan and then Forestieri hitting over the top.

Sheffield Wednesday ended the first half brilliantly as Bannan, Kieran Lee and Wallace all prominent but couldn't conjure a clear-cut chance for the hosts, while the Rams offering nothing at the other end.

Derby start better in the second half

The visitors start the better in the second half well as Johnson headed over from a Jacob Butterfield free-kick. Soon after, a set-piece opportunity from a dangerous position by the hitherto anonymous Chris Martin was deflected over after Sam Hutchinson, who was in central defence, incurred yet another caution after a foul on Stephen Warnock.

At the other end Sheffield Wednesday spurned a good opportunity on 56 minutes when the ball fell for Pudil after Lucas Joao's initial effort was, blocked but he drilled the effort off target.

Westwood was called upon for the first time on 67 minutes when he turned away a great effort from Johnson and Wallace fired over for Wednesday in front of the Kop. as both sides looked for a huge three points.

Johnson went close with a 81st-minute free-kick, while Loovens headed over at the other end.