Wednesday show nerves of steel
On Sunday the Sheffield (Steel City) derby took place at Hillsbrough. The teams could not be split in the betting, but it has been United that had made a better start to the season than their City rivals Wednesday. However, it was Wednesday that emerged victorious 1-0 due to a goal from Steve Watson courtesy of a defensive mix up by 'keeper Paddy Kenny and defender Chris Morgan. Morgan was only on the pitch because Matt Kilgallon had been harshly sent off by Premier League referee Mike Dean.
Wednesday had Jermaine Johnson sent off in the second half but this did not make it ten versus ten as he received his second yellow for kicking a water bottle into the crowd after he had been substituted.
The match was a tight affair as is normal in these type of matches though it was to be Wednesday who would carry the bragging rights at least until the return fixture at Bramall Lane on 7 February.
In terms of the Championship betting the result saw United drift from 9/1 to 12/1 and Wednesday were shortened from 80/1 to 66/1. But as many fans of these two teams will say the result on Sunday was all-important at least in the short term rather than the consequences in the long term to both team's promotion chances.