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15 February 2009 by

Sheffield Wednesday were involved in two record breaking games in the space of a week. Last Saturday the Owls completed their first double over arch-rivals Sheffield United in 95 years, whilst this week they suffered their first ever defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

Tudgay wonder-strike blunts Blades

Marcus Tudgay’s stunning 25-yard strike gave Sheffield Wednesday their first league double over arch-rivals Sheffield United in 95 years in an end-to-end steel-city derby. 

 

The visitors were ahead after just 51 seconds when Tommy Spurr fired home a Michael Gray pull back from 12 yards in front of a stunned Bramall Lane kop.

 

But United wasted no time in grabbing the equaliser. New signing Arturo Lupoli headed in off the cross bar in the 4th minute.

 

There was some doubt as to whether the ball had crossed the line, but referee Mark Halsey gave the goal.

 

Halford’s long throw continued to cause problems for the Owls’ defence and when the ball broke to Bromby he should have at least tested Grant but he shot wide from 12 yards.

 

United continued to press but it was Brian Laws’ side that took the lead.

 

Matthew Kilgallon failed to clear away a nothing long ball .Tudgay picked it up on the half-way line before firing a home a 25-yard wonder strike leaving Kenny with no chance.

 

The Blades fans seemed some what surprised and angry that their side began the second half unchanged.

 

Wednesday had a chance to extend their lead on 55 minutes, Jermaine Johnson ran into the box but a perfect tackle by Naysmith denied him a shot.

 

United’s best chance to equalise came five minutes from time when Billy Sharp’s cross ran into the box but his cross rolled across the six-yard box  untouched.

 

Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws was pleased for the supporters.

He said: “They haven’t had a lot to shout about, but when we win these games it makes up for a lot.

 

“They have been down in the dumps for a fair few years and one thing that means a lot to them is these games.”

 

Meanwhile, Blades manager Kevin Blackwell was in no doubt as to the quality of Tudgay’s winner.

He said: “I have to say Tudgay’s goal was world class, but it meant that they could shut up shop to a degree and frustrate us.”

 

 

Heffernan strike enough for Rovers

A Paul Heffernan strike was enough for Doncaster Rovers to take all three points in the South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday.

It was Wednesday’s second of three derby’s in just ten days and the visitors began brightly and perhaps should have been two up in the opening ten minutes.

However, it was Rovers that took the lead when Heffernan fired home a James Coppinger cross on the half-hour mark to send the hosts in 1-0 up at the break.

The Owls could have equalised through former Wolves striker Leon Clarke, but his header struck the crossbar.

But, it was to be Rovers day and they celebrated their sixth win out of seven league games.

Sam Cooper

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