Quick Fire Double Downs Derby
Attendance: 28, 889
Two goals in six second half minutes gave Sheffield Wednesday a 2-1 victory over Derby County at Hillsborough as the home side strengthened their play-off position. After a first half of few changes Darren Bent headed The Rams in front early in the second half but Steven Fletcher cracked the bar at the other end and then headed past Scott Carson just ten minutes later to level things up. Gary Hooper converted after Carson could only push away a dangerous cross from Ross Wallace six minutes after that to complete the scoring and despite a late chance for Chris Baird Derby found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreline at the final whistle.
Johnny Russell replaced Tom Ince in the only change to the staring line-up and The Rams had the first chance of the match after Matej Vydra`s run and shot but his effort was wide of the target and Wednesday slowly assumed control of the match. Kieran Lee was off target from the edge of the area and Barry Bannan`s volley from twenty-five yards also failed to trouble Scott Carson as the pressure increased.
After weathering the storm Derby fought back towards the end of the half and Ikechi Anya`s burst of pace saw him get into the area but his effort only found the side netting as the game was scoreless as the whistle went.
Just four minutes after the break The Rams took the lead as Darren Bent rose to meet Russell`s corner but the home side were nearly level straight away as Steven Fletcher hit the bar after meeting Daniel Pudil`s cross. Will Hughes then escaped in the area after a neat interchange of passed and he rounded Kieran Westwood but couldn`t get enough on this effort and it was cleared off the line.
It proved a vital moment in the match as Wednesday got themselves on level terms only moments later as Fletcher powered a header beyond Carson following Gary Hooper`s touch from a Ross Wallace cross. The game was turned around only six minutes as Carson could only push away another cross from Wallace and Hooper calmly took advantage finding the net when the ball dropped to him.
Fernando Forestieri was denied by a fine tackle by Anya as he broke on goal and Derby had two late chances but Westwood denied both Chris Baird and Johnny Russell as Wednesday took the points.
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Loovens, Lees, Pudil, Wallace, Lee (Rhodes, 56), Bannan, Reach, Fletcher (Forestieri, 81), Hooper (Semedo, 77)
Substitutes not used: Wildsmith, McManaman, Sasso, Nuhiu
Derby County: Carson, Christie, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson (Baird, 10), Johnson, Hughes (Ince, 75), Vydra, Russell, Bent (Nugent, 61), Anya
Substitutes not used: Mitchell, Bryson, Butterfield, Camara