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Derby Derby County vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Derby 2

N Tyson (11)
J Buxton (27)

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Sheff Wed 2

C O'Grady (39)
R Johnson (90)

Johnson late show stuns Rams

Last Updated: 18/08/12 5:49pm

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Johnson: Late equaliser for Wednesday

Johnson: Late equaliser for Wednesday

A late goal from Reda Johnson earned Sheffield Wednesday a 2-2 draw at Derby County on their return to the Championship.

The draw for Wednesday preserved manager Dave Jones' unbeaten record.

Nathan Tyson and Jake Buxton had put Derby 2-0 up before Chris O'Grady's long-range stunner got the Owls back into it before half-time.

Wednesday dominated the second half but looked to have been frustrated before Johnson's 90th-minute header handed them a point and ensured that Jones has still to taste defeat while in their dugout.

Jamie Ward returned from international duty for the Rams to replace Theo Robinson while academy product Will Hughes was also drafted in and Paul Coutts and Richard Keogh made league debuts.

The visitors brought Rhys McCabe into the side for his debut while Necj Pecnik, making his first league appearance, moved up front to make space in midfield.

O'Grady came in alongside Pecnik while Chris Kirkland and Anthony Gardner made their first league starts.

The home side opened the scoring after 11 minutes. Ward broke down the left and supplied a cross for the unmarked Tyson to slot past Kirkland and score his first league goal for the club after an injury ravaged 2011/12 season.

Summer-signing Coutts was looking lively for the Rams and his industrious work produced a result as centre-half Buxton, who scored twice in midweek against Scunthorpe, stooped low to head home a cross and double the lead in the 27th minute.

Four minutes later it was only Kirkland who stopped it becoming 3-0 as Tyson's snapshot in the area was impressively saved by the former England goalkeeper.

Derby were good value for their lead but Wednesday got one back against the run of play in the 39th minute as O'Grady gathered the ball on the edge of the area and hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner to reduce the arrears at the break.

Kirkland was Wednesday's hero again in the 49th minute as Ward hit a free-kick from 25 yards which took a deflection but the keeper did well to save low to his left.

Striker Gary Madine then replaced Pecnik but it was Jermaine Johnson who created the next opening as he went on a run but could only blast his shot over the bar.

O'Grady was on the hunt for a second screamer and took a shot from the edge of the box, but this time Frank Fielding was able to tip his shot over.

Buxton then went in the book for time wasting before Madine found the back of the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Wednesday had the ball in the net again in the closing stages but play had already been brought back for handball as the Owls were frustrated.

But their frustration turned to joy as Madine knocked the ball down and Johnson was on hand to head home.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22