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Sheff Utd vs Sheff Wed
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7:45pm Friday 12th January
SHEFF UTD 0-0 SHEFF WED
That's that then! A highly entertaining game at Bramall Lane ends goalless and Jos Luhukay begins life in charge of the Owls with a respectable, hard-fought draw in the Steel City derby.
A full report, highlights and reaction to follow.
90+4: A clearly confident Lundstram lashes a shot over the bar and it looks like that could be that...
90+3: You just wouldn't bet against United grabbing a late winner here...they come forward once again, but Reach lumps the ball clear and for a throw on the halfway line.
90+2: SUB! Pantomime villain Ross Wallace make his way to the bench to be replaced by Sean Clare.
90: Stevens is dispossessed by Palmer and the Owls are on the counter-attack now! It's patient build-up from Wednesday and there's almost a huge disaster as Moore and Stearman fail to communicate and clash! Clearly in pain, he recovers so well to push Reach's drive over the bar!
87: The atmosphere is really ramping up again here at Bramall Lane...time to be a hero.
86: YELLOW! Nuhiu is the next player to be booked as he brings down O'Connell unncessarily.
85: SHOT! Wilson tries his luck from range, but despite the sharp turn, his effort is straight at Wildsmith.
84: Stearman heads Pudil's first long throw away, before the Blades deal with the danger at the second attempt.
83: SUB! Nuhiu is on in place of Lucas Joao for the last minutes of the game. A much needed body to keep the Blades at bay.
82: OOOOH! United really are starting to ask questions now! Duffy's delivery is so close to being turned home by Clarke - who was actually in an offside position - but Venancio risks everything to take the ball away from the striker and thankfully for him, finds an alert Wildsmith who claims the ball.
79: WELL WIDE! Duffy lays the ball off for Lundstram after yet more slick build-up from the Blades, but he gets the angle wrong and slices his shot wide.
WATCH: LOOVENS' RED CARD
The visitors are down to 10 and this is why...
73: YELLOW! The hosts indulge in some possession before they earn a free-kick on the left after Wallace lunges in on Fleck and writes himself into the referee's notebook..
75: Duffy swings in another nice ball to the near post, Leon Clarke gets over the ball but nods wide. He's got to be doing better given his form this season!
70: SUB! Jordan Rhodes' evening is at an end as he's replaced by George Boyd.
69: James Wilson's first touch of the game is to win a corner. Duffy takes, but Wildsmith plucks the ball from the air and clutches it gratefully to his chest.
Here's Simon Moore's save from Ross Wallace for your viewing pleasure...
67: SAVE! Duffy swings in the free-kick, but Wildsmith is there to push it to safety! Another important save from the Wednesday stopper...
66: SUB! Loan debutant James Wilson replaces Donaldson for the remainder of the game.
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64: RED CARD! Glenn Loovens clumsily brings down Donaldson on the left flank and receives his second yellow of the evening. The Owls down to 10 and forced to face a dangerous set-piece without their skipper...
Daniel Pudil also went close soon after Donaldson...
62: Palmer takes the ball away from O'Connell's feet and the Blades have a throw-in on the left. Wallace clears the first and they have another.
Here's Clayton Donaldson's chance from earlier in the half...
60: SHOT! Fleck smashes a shot towards goal, but Duffy is in the way, before the offside flag is raised once again against the hosts. We've reached the hour mark at Bramall Lane and it remains goalless...
57: SAVE! Wallace shifts his weight numerous times before hitting a deflected shot that Moore excellently keeps out with one hand!
53: WIDE! Pudil recovers from his long throw to rifle in another shot after Baldock's header wasn't cleared, this time it's just millimetres from going in! What a chance!
52: SAVE! Baldock delivers a cross that Donaldson heads across Wildsmith, but the stopper leaps to tip the effort over the bar! Excellent chance, met with an excellent save!
50: Pudil's long throw is headed away by Basham the first time, before Stearman heads away the second. Pudil scrambles away from the byline and rifles the loose ball goalwards, but it flies wide.
48: OFFSIDE! Intense pressure from the Blades is once again curtailed by the offside flag as Clarke heads the ball just ahead of Pudil. Good decision and great discipline from the Owls backllne.
SECOND HALF! SHEFF UTD 0-0 SHEFF WED
We're back underway at Bramall Lane!
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And that's the half. United looking incredibly strong on home turf, while the Owls look a threat on the break. Neither goalkeeper has been tested as yet, though...
Huge second half still to come!
45+1: OVER! Duffy tries to bend the ball into the top right corner, but his effort flies over the bar.
We're into ONE minute of added time.
45: FOUL! Venancio goes into the book for a foul on Fleck just outside the area. Poor defending but it doesn't look like he had much choice in the matter. Big chance for the hosts here.
42: CHANCE! Duffy's free-kick is put on a plate for O'Connell to head home at the far post, but the defender somehow fluffs his lines and the ball drops behind for a goal-kick.
41: CLOSE AGAIN! Blistering counter-attack from the visitors comes to a head when Joao lays the ball off to Ross Wallace on the edge of the area. He's in a dangerous position, but gets the shot completely wrong and Moore goes untroubled once again!
39: WIDE! Joao looks incredibly bright here tonight and has just flashed a shot wide of Simon Moore's post after leading the Blades defence a merry dance on the edge of the area. Cheers go up from the home faithful.
35: HANDBAGS! Joao and Baldock chase a loose ball on the left and the former sticks out a leg as he realises he's beaten. Baldock turns furiously and the two square up, but that's as far as it goes. For now...
37: FOUL! Palmer slides in heavily on Duffy and wins a free-kick. The ball bounces around precariously in the area before the Owls are saved by the offside flag.
34: For all of United's swift breaks so far, you have to say that Wednesday are not out of this game whatsoever. We've seen it on so many occasions this season so don't be surprised to see the underdog produce something special here at Bramall Lane.
31: OVER! Reach's speculative shot is blocked and Joao tries to make the most of it, chopping the ball onto his right foot, before dinking a shot towards Simon Moore. It dips just over the bar, but that's a decent effort...
28: Wallace hits a lovely cross-field ball to Fox and now, inch by inch, the Owls make some progress down the left flank. But the spark is shortlived as United win successive throw-ins.
24: FREE-KICK! Clarke brings down Pudil - who falls fairly theatrically and wins a corner on the left flank. Wallace's delivery is initially cleared, before Palmer's cross is headed away.
25: YELLOW! Owls skipper Loovens goes into the book for a heavy challenge on Donaldson.
23: United are so deadly down the left - O'Connell passes to Clarke and picks the ball up on the overlap, before winning a corner. It comes to nothing, but that tactic can be so bemusing for opposition sides to deal with.
20: WIDE! Wallace leads a break for the visitors and feeds to ball for Palmer to cross into the area. Jordan Rhodes attempts to glance the cross goalwards, but nods wide of the mark.
17: Reach snuffs out the danger as the Blades try some more training ground ideas following a short corner. The hosts are absolutely on top here, but Wildsmith is yet to be tested.
15: CLOSE! Clever passage of play by the Blades as Stevens pulls away and slides a cross into the centre of the area, but no one is there to meet the ball!
13: It looks like the game's mellowing out a little after that explosive start. Probably shouldn't speak to soon, though...
10: We're back at the opposite end as Clayton Donaldson tries his luck and sees his cross turned behind by Pudil. The idea was clear, but the delivery was poor and Pudil clears.
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