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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 Leicester City 44 96
2 Burnley 44 89
3 Derby County 44 81
4 Queens Park Rangers 44 76
5 Wigan Athletic 43 70
6 Reading 44 67
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 66
8 Nottingham Forest 44 65
9 Ipswich Town 44 65
10 Blackburn Rovers 44 64
11 Bournemouth 44 63
12 Watford 43 60
13 Middlesbrough 44 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 44 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 53
17 Huddersfield Town 44 50
18 Charlton Athletic 43 45
19 Doncaster Rovers 44 44
20 Millwall 44 44
21 Birmingham City 43 43
22 Blackpool 44 43
23 Barnsley 44 39
24 Yeovil Town 44 37

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