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04 March 2019 Venue Hillsborough Attendance

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We're focussed, says Wilder

1 March 2019

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Unsurprisingly, Chris Wilder is relishing the prospect of taking his Blades across the city on Monday evening.

But the United chief is acutely aware, that the Wednesday side his players will face at S6 will be a much different proposition under Steve Bruce, than they were at Bramall Lane back in November.

Looking ahead, Wilder remarked: "In terms of pressure, we're second in the table, we've got a chance of beating our biggest rivals in front of a capacity crowd live on Sky.

"There are bigger pressures than that and there will be bigger pressures for Sheffield Wednesday, they will want to go and win a game of football for their supporters and also to dent our hopes of going up.

"Sheffield football fans will tell you the same, I'll be honest, I wasn't sitting there when they were in the play-off final wanting them to get into the Premier League and it's vice-versa now."

Wilder added: "There is a song that goes round here and probably Hillsborough when the other team is losing and nobody has been bothered about us for the last six years or so and all the trials and tribulations we've endured before that.

"Our supporters, myself included won't have been too bothered about them recently, but now, hand on heart they are more competitive under Steve and they've got some really good players at the top of the pitch.

"But when I came here I wanted to put a pride back into the club and give our supporters something to shout about, we've certainly done that and they will acknowledge that fact.

"We're focused on getting a positive result on Monday night, just like we were at West Brom. The moment you take your off the game in front of you and think of other things, you will get hurt and we know we'll have to be at our best."

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Wednesday 0-0 Blades - report

4 March 2019

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For the second time this season, it finished goalless in the Sheffield derby, with Wednesday frustrating the Blades at Hillsborough.

In a game of few chances, Gary Madine had United's best, only to be denied by Kieron Westwood, whilst Dean Henderson produced an excellent reflex save to deny Sam Hutchinson in the second period.

For the trip across the city, Wilder made three changes, with O'Connell, Basham and Madine all named in the starting XI. Cranie and McGoldrick dropped to the bench, with Johnson missing out.

After a quiet opening, it was the Blades through Madine who had the first chance of the game on seven minutes, Norwood's inch perfect cross found the head of Madine at the back post, but Westwood somehow kept the ball out of the net. The game had really opened up, with United forcing four quick corners and Wednesday enjoying a couple of their own.

The rain continued to fall from the Hillsborough skies and referee Bankes was seemingly missing a number of fouls in the Blades favour, with Freeman, Madine and Sharp amongst those to be upended.

As half-time approached, Hector was punished twice in quick succession for blatant fouls on Madine, from the second of those free-kicks, Egan headed over at the near post, having got a run on his marker.

Wednesday made a change at the break with Boyd replacing Forestieri. United almost made the perfect start to the second-half, but Sharp couldn't get the ball under control after Fleck had got the better of Hutchinson. At the other end, Fletcher went for an acrobatic effort from Boyd's left-wing cross, but in sailed high and wide.

The Blades pressed forward again moments later, Freeman and Basham combined on the right and the right laid it back for Norwood who sent an effort towards goal, but unfortunately Sharp couldn't get what would have been a telling touch. Wednesday responded, Reach did well on the right before Aarons forced Henderson into a save from Hutchinson's deep cross.

In the 62nd minute, Dowell was replaced by Cranie, a substitution that saw Basham advance into midfield. But three minutes later, it was Henderson who was required to keep the scores level. Aarons advanced forward from Fletcher's pass and Hutchinson from a central position saw United's number one deny him from point-blank range.

With 22 minutes left to play, Madine was replaced by McGoldrick. And the substitute looked a threat twice in quick succession, winning a corner on the second occasion, from which Westwood flapped and the Owls scrambled clear. Cranie then got the better of Bannan, but Hector blocked at the expense of another corner.

Two minutes of injury-time were signalled and Aarons fired harmless over the bar with the last action of note as the spoils were shared for a second time this season.

Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Fletcher (Nuhiu 89), Bannan, Lees, Reach, Hutchinson, Iorfa (Fox 79), Hector, Aarons, Forestieri (Boyd 45).
Unused: Pelupessy, Matias, Dawson, Pudil.

Blades: Henderson, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Dowell (Cranie 62), Sharp, Egan, Madine (McGoldrick 68), Norwood, Freeman.
Unused: Hogan, Coutts, Stearman, Duffy, Moore.

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