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Bramall Lane (ATT 30,558) 3rd December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Beeby

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Derby joy for Blades

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 03/12/05 5:30pm

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Former Wednesday winger Alan Quinn scored the only goal as Sheffield United won the Steel City derby 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Blades boss Neil Warnock rejected the opportunity to move to The Premiership with Portsmouth in midweek, and his players repaid his faith in the perfect fashion by winning the first meeting of the two great rivals in almost three years.

Quinn was on target for The Owls in their 3-1 defeat in January 2003, but this time his goal proved to be more significant as it rewarded the home side's superiority.

They should have been ahead early on, but Steve Kabba somehow shot straight at Nick Weaver's legs from Danny Webber's cross.

The best move of the first half then led to the decisive goal, as Phil Jagielka, Kabba and Webber combined to set up Quinn, whose shot appeared to strike Neil Shipperley before crossing the line.

Weaver, a Wednesday fan on loan from Manchester City, had to be at his best to prevent Quinn from doubling United's advantage with a dipping free kick.

Craig Rocastle missed the target with Wednesday's best chance of the first half and goalscoring opportunities were at a premium after the break as the visitors tightened up at the back.

Shipperley was the first to threaten with a header which landed on the roof of the net, before Burton O'Brien shot narrowly wide for the Owls with a well-struck shot.

Chris Brunt's free kick failed to trouble Paddy Kenny in the United goal, but in truth Wednesday's limp attack never looked likely to find an equaliser.



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1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37


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