As it happened: Sheffield Wednesday 1 -0 Derby County: Owls out of the bottom three!
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Thank you for following our coverage here on VAVEL, as Neil Thompson managed to claim his second successive win as caretaker manager, with the Owls picking up their third-straight home victory.

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Ruing Missed Chances

Derby missed a host of chances, and ought to have been out of sight in the first half.

Total shots: 14

Shots on target: 3

Shots off target: 6

Shots blocked: 5

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Neil Thompson on the win

Neil Thompson on the victory:

“The win will give everyone a lift. We weren't at in the first half. We had a little bit of luck. We didn't do the basics. We were passive and had too many touches on the ball. We had to adjust our shape a little as well.

“They are a good bunch of lads. Six points should give everyone a lift.”

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A great few days for Liam Shaw

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Liam Shaw

Tackles: 2

Interceptions: 3

Clearances: 10

Blocks: 1

Rating: 7.66 [WhoScored]


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It wasn't pretty, but it was vital

The Owls were forced to weather the storm throughout the game, but it was crucial that they got three points against a fellow Championship struggler. 

Their game management, overall, was superb, and they have rekindled their team spirit once again. It was a resolute team performance.


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FULL-TIME: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Derby County

The Owls climb out of the bottom three for the first time this season courtesy of Callum Paterson's header on the hour!

Wednesday leapfrog both Nottingham Forest and the Rams into 20th in the Championship!

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90+4' Superb from Harris

Harris blocks to deny Derby from Shaw's mistake
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90+3' CKR Booked

Former Blade Kazim-Richards is booked for a bad challenge on Reach
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Wednesday remain resolute as Derby look shattered
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90' Four added minutes

Can Wednesday hold on?
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Knight gets down the right, but his cross has too much on it and Odubajo deals with the ball
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Derby look like they are tired and look leggy - six remain
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Derby free-kick wasted, Bannan clears
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79' Derby put on another forward

OFF: Louie Sibley

ON: Jahmel Hector-Ingram 

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It's going to be a long and nervy last quarter for the Owls, however, they are just about coping with the pressure
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72' Double Derby Change

OFF: Graeme Shinne and Craig Forsyth

ON: Max Bird and Lee Buchanan

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71' Wednesday change

OFF: Callum Paterson

ON: Jordan Rhodes 


Rhodes' 500th career appearance 

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Here is the opener

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69' Chances for Derby

Wildsmith grabs a deflected effort from Shinnie at the second attempt
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Paterson celebrates his fourth goal of the season, heading past his fellow Scotsman, David Marshall!

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A scramble in the area is headed goalwards by Lees and Paterson just glances it in!
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55' Again, another missed chance for Derby

Forsyth drills a dangerous ball into the back post, which is narrowly missed by two County players.
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51' Chance for Wednesday

Paterson's long throw is flicked into the path of Kachunga, whose header is soft and easy for Marshall to hold. 
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49' Bannan's acrobatic clearance

One for the cameras there as Bannan bicycle kicks the ball clear in the Wednesday area
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48' First chance goes to Derby... again

Sibley works the ball onto his right peg before firing wide. This comes just after Byrne's weaving run.
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46' Back underway at Hillsborough

Can Derby continue their momentum?
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Half-time stats

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Derby County 

Possession: 38.8% - 61.2%

Shots: 6 - 9

Pass Succession rate: 62% - 73%

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Opinion from VAVEL writer Stephen Ibbetson

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HALF-TIME: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Derby County

It is goalless at the break and I am not too sure how! 

Derby have done everything but score in this first half. Kazim-Richards struck the bar and Bielik had another great opportunity. 

Will Derby be made to rue their missed opportunities?!

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45+1' Kachunga should score!

Bannan's inviting delivery into the area is glanced wide by Kachunga
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45' There will be a minimum of two additional minutes

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That chance for Colin Kazim-Richards

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Reach's looping cross is poorly headed wide by Callum Paterson
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37' Early substitution for Wednesday

OFF: Josh Windass

ON: Elias Kachunga

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36' Concern for the Owls

Windass clutches his hamstring as he limps off the field
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34' Counter-attack from Wednesday

Harris breaks from a Rams corner, beating Forsyth for pace, but he smashes an effort straight into the hands of Marshall
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31' Another wasted opportunity

Wednesday fail to clear their lines from a corner and Bielik sees his intial effort blocked by Shaw before firing wide from the edge  
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28' Kazim-Richards hits the bar!

An unmarked Kazim-Richards sees a header crash against the crossbar in the middle
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Bielik's header from the resulting corner is saved by Wildsmith 
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22' Big chance for Derby

A high ball into the area is headed down by Sibley and into the path of Clarke, whose effort is turned behind by Lees. Good anticipation from the Wednesday defender
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19' Owls' first chance

Terrific wing-play from Harris to pick out Reach in the middle, but Reach can only lift his shot over the bar from outside the area.
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15' Derby should be leading

Sibley's long-distanced effort is saved by Wildsmith. Derby work it back into the area, pulling it back to Shinnie, whose scuffed attempt is cleared over the bar by Bannan
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Knight drives forward before laying off Jozwiak, whose ball across the box is sent behind by Palmer
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Wildsmith holds a looping header in the area from the following free-kick
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Pelupessy concedes a foul on the right
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Sibley drives forward

6' Sibley attempts to get ahead of Odubajo, but the latter comes out on top to win the ball and clear 
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Early free-kick opportunity for Derby

4' County win a free-kick on the right. The set-piece is headed away by Lees and Odubajo properly clears
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Shaw drops into a back four

3' As the game starts to settle, it appears that Liam Shaw has slipped into a back four


Defence: Palmer, Lees, Shaw, Odubajo

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Underway at Hillsborough

1' Derby County get us underway in S6
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Both sides are out

We are just moments away from kick-off at Hillsborough

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Adam Reach returns

Adam Reach returns from an injury sustained on Boxing Day... the day he produced this:
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Hear from the Owls' Captain

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Providing the goods?

Top scorers:

SW: Josh Windass and Callum Paterson (3)

DC: Colin Kazim-Richards (3)


Top providers:

SW: Barry Bannan (4)

DC: Kamil Jozwiak and Martyn Waghorn (2)


Top performers []

SW: Julian Börner (6.96)

DC: Krystian Bielik (7.46)

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17:512 years ago

Grade 1 Hamstring Tear for Dunkley

Chey Dunkley has spoken out about his injury:
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Last time they met

Derby were victorious the last time these two met at Hillsborough in February 2020. 

Tom Lawrence, who misses today's game with injury, netted a brace, with Jason Knight converting to give the Rams a three-goal lead inside the first half-hour.

Josh Windass scored a mere consolation in the second period 

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Reasons behind the absence of Westwood and Dunkley

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Unchanged Rams

Wayne Rooney names an unchanged side for their first game of 2021
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Sheffield Wednesday: Confirmed lineup

Two changes for the Owls: Keiren Westwood and Chey Dunkley are replaced by Joe Wildsmith and Adam Reach
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The Owls have arrived

Team news coming up in just five minutes...
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Emphatic victory last time out for Derby

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Last time out for the Owls

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Owls' bogey team?

Sheffield Wednesday have only been victorious on two occasions against the Rams in their last 24 meetings. 

Both of these victories came at Hillsborough in April 2017 and February 2018, winning 2-1 and 2-0 respectively.

Derby are currently on a four-goal unbeaten streak against the Owls. 

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Time to kick on for Rams

Interim boss Rooney has stated that he believes in his side to now kick on and climb the table:

“We have just come out of the bottom three, but I have full confidence and belief in this team that we will keep climbing the table.

“Obviously with January coming up it is important that we do our business right to iron out some small cracks that we need to take that next step forward.

“All the games coming up are important for us right now if we want to keep climbing up the table and put ourselves in a better position to finish in the highest place we can.

“Friday will be a tough game. As we stand here now, they are without a manager and there is always a reaction when you lose a manager.

“We will prepare for that; we’ll be ready, and I am confident we can get a positive result.”

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One game at a time

Caretaker manager Neil Thompson says that he was “proud and pleased” to manage the Owls to a victory against Boro, adding that he is taking each game one match at a time.

“I spoke to the chairman last night [Monday] and he asked me to prepare the team for tonight, which I was proud and pleased to do. So that’s what I focused on and now that focus moves to preparations for the Derby game on Friday.

“I’ve been here a long time, it’s a fabulous football club, and I want nothing but the best for everyone connected to Sheffield Wednesday.

“It’s been a tough year with the pandemic and fans not being able to see their team and hopefully they can return in 2021.”

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Derby County: Predicted Lineup

Marshall; Byrne, Wisdom, Clarke, Forsyth; Knight, Bielik, Shinnie; Sibley, Kazim-Richards, Jozwiak.
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Sheffield Wednesday: Predicted Lineup

Westwood; Lees, Dunkley, Palmer; Odubajo, Shaw, Pelupessy, Bannan, Harris; Windass, Paterson.
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Derby County: Team News

Derby County are said to have no fresh injury concerns going into the New Year’s Day trip to Hillsborough.

Martyn Waghorn will serve the second of a three-game ban after his early dismissal against Preston North End.

Curtis Davies will be out long term after suffering an Achilles injury earlier this month.

Tom Lawrence nears a return after missing the last three games with an ankle problem.

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Sheffield Wednesday: Team News

Sheffield Wednesday still have a number of players out with long-term injuries, including Dominic Iorfa, Aden Flint, Derby loanee Jack Marriott and Cameron Dawson.

It has been confirmed that combative midfielder Massimo Luongo will be out until early 2021 with a knee injury.

Julian Börner has also missed the last five games with a facial injury.

Joost van Aken and Adam Reach both missed Wednesday’s victory on Tuesday night with knocks sustained in the Boxing Day draw with Blackburn Rovers and will both be assessed ahead of the meeting.

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Wayne Rooney's Derby County?

Interim manager Wayne Rooney has slowly started to turn things around for the Rams. 

After eight games in charge, Rooney has overseen three wins and four draws, as well as keeping five clean sheets in their last six games!

Should he get the permanent position? 

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Home form taking a turn?

The Owls come into this fixture after back-to-back home wins for the first time since December 2019.

However, in 2020, Hillsborough hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Owls, despite it being their home.

Wednesday have only won four home games in the whole of the calendar year. They will be hoping that they can turn their fortunes around in 2021, starting on New Year's Day.

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Relegation six-pointer!

Both sides have found themselves in very poor form this season, with both spending prolonged periods in the bottom three - or in the Owls' case, the whole campaign after a points deduction. 

Only three points and two places separate the Owls and the Rams in the Championship table.

A win for Wednesday would see them leapfrog their opponents into 20th.

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Kick-off time

Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County will be played at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England. The kick-off is scheduled at 17:30 GMT.
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