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Hillsborough (ATT 26,334) 5th November 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Fletcher

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Graham galvanises Owls

By Mark Kendall.   Last Updated: 05/11/05 7:38pm

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Sheffield Wednesday fought back from a goal down to claim only their fourth victory of the season against Derby at Hillsborough.

Things looked bleak for The Owls when Marcus Tudgay deservedly edged the visitors ahead on 42 minutes, but second-half strikes from Chris Brunt and David Graham ensured Wednesday claimed the spoils.

Derby were comfortably the better side in the first period and should have gone in more than one ahead.

On-loan striker Dexter Blackstock hit a post early on and the same player forced another loanee, Wednesday's Nicky Weaver, into a fine stop shortly afterwards.

Tudgay then spurned two decent headed chances, but made amends three minutes before the break when he nodded home Peter Whittingham's cross.

Derby still appeared to hold the upper hand in the second period, but the introduction of Graham around the hour mark finally handed the hosts the attacking impetus they needed.

On 69 minutes Lee Peacock whipped over a cross that Brunt cleverly steered home to restore parity.

The goal clearly buoyed Paul Sturrock's men and they moved ahead just five minutes later when Graham pounced on a loose ball in the area to blast home.

Derby could not respond and Wednesday held on comfortably for a much-needed victory.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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