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12 January 2018 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Wilder's final derby thoughts

14 January 2018

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Chris Wilder felt his players got caught up in the occasion following the dismissal of Wednesday skipper Glenn Loovens on Friday evening.

Loovens saw red in the 64th minute, following two cynical lunges on Clayton Donaldson, but the Owls held firm to take a share of the spoils from the Lane.

And speaking afterwards, Wilder praised the opposition and was left frustrated at United's inability to capitalise on a numerical advantage.

The manager said: "They sat deep all game, I'm not going to complain about that, it was down to us to break them down, we second guessed it and I'd have done exactly the same.

"They had Joao with pace to get in behind and a target, they flooded the midfield and they hoped to get something on the counter attack.

"They were a dangerous side and one who worked extremely hard, full credit to them.

"We didn't need to get caught up in the atmosphere after the sending off, we needed to step back from the excitement and emotion."

Wilder concluded: "We needed our cool and calculated players to step up, we ended up shooting off balance, putting cross high over the bar, we just couldn't produce that bit of quality.

"We didn't deserve to win the game really and in the end we could have easily lost it, had not been for Simon.

"It was a save he had to get up and make, if he hadn't it was a goal. Fair play to him, their goalkeeper makes a fantastic save from Clayton too.

"But we had 25 minutes to win the game against some tired bodies and we should have kept moving the ball until an overload or opportunity arose, instead of trying to score each time we went forward."

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Blades 0-0 Owls - report

12 January 2018

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Bramall Lane's biggest crowd of the season saw the Blades denied by a defensive Wednesday.

The best chance of the night saw goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith spectacularly tip over Clayton Donaldson's header.

United made three new signings in the build-up to the match but Leonard, Evans and Wilson had to be content with places on the substitutes' bench as Wilder reverted to the starting XI that impressed at Derby County in the last league fixture. Former Owl Clarke wore the captain's armband.

It was quickly clear that Wednesday were matching up United's formation, which included three central defenders. The first chance, following the first corner, saw Lundstram volley onto the roof of the net on three minutes.

The Owls won their first corner when Fleck deflected Palmer's shot wide and the opening 30 minutes saw neither side lay claim to getting on top. Stevens got around the back of the defence but his low cross evaded everyone and for the visitors Rhodes headed wide a Palmer cross and Joao chipped onto the roof of United's net.

Joao was Wednesday's most dangerous player in the first half and he fired wide at the near post, as did Wallace after a break.

Late in the half O'Connell was inches from connecting with a free-kick and then, following Fleck's run, which drew a foul, Duffy curled wide of the angle of crossbar and post.

The first seven minutes of the second half saw both sides register a better chance than the whole first half. On 50 minutes, from Baldock's cross, Donaldson's flicked header was on target but Wildsmith tipped over, at full stretch. It was followed by Pudil volleying just wide after his long throw was half-cleared.

Wallace twisted and turned but his shot was saved by Moore in a crowded box and then Fleck's effort was inadvertently blocked by Fleck.

The action then heated up with a deserved red card. A second cynical foul on Donaldson by Loovens saw him shown a second yellow. Before the resulting free-kick, which Wildsmith parried away, Wilson was introduced for his debut.

The sending off resulted in Wednesday retreating. Duffy's free-kick was headed wide by Clarke at the near post and after a patient build up Lundstram was well off target.
From Duffy's cross on 80 minutes Venancio got ahead of Clarke but forced his own goalkeeper into a save and substitute Wilson also tried his luck from distance.

Late on there were a couple of nervous moments for United. Following a couple of mistakes a long-range effort from Reach saw Moore push over and then the Blades goalkeeper was forced to save from Wallace.

In injury-time the Blades were back on the offensive but Stevens took Baldock's cross off Wilson's toe and Lundstram shot over moments before the Wednesday fans celebrated the final whistle.

Blades: Moore, Baldock, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Lundstram, Clarke, Donaldson (Wilson 66), Stearman, Duffy.
Unused: Sharp, Wright, Leonard, Evans, Lafferty, Blackman.

Wednesday: Wildsmith, Jones, Fox, Rhodes (Boyd 70), Loovens, Palmer, Joao (Nuhiu 82), Reach, Wallace (Clare 90), Pudil, Venancio.
Unused: Butterfield, Matias, Dawson, Thorniley.

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