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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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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26


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