The second Steel City derby of the season ended in an exciting 2-2 draw, thanks to the brilliance of United’s James Beattie.
Unsuprisingly, an on-loan player had made the difference for the visitors – QPR’s Adam Bolder had put Wednesday 2-0 up with goals either side of half-time, with Portsmouth’s Frank Songo’o and Sunderland’s Graham Kavanagh also impressing in midfield. Wednesday ‘keeper Lee Grant produced a wonder double-save to deny substitute Jon Stead and Billy Sharp, before he was finally beaten by one of his own defenders – Richard Wood. Johnson was again robbed of the ball in his own penalty area and Sharp set up Beattie, whose shot was saved by Grant but rebounded off Wood and into the net infront of the Kop.
The attention of the 31,760 crowd, the Championship’s highest of the season, was temporarily distracted, but United’s record signing James Beattie soon ensured that all eyes were on the pitch. Gary Speed was fouled 30 yards from goal, and Beattie stepped up and smashed the ball into the top right hand corner of Grant’s goal to send the crowd delierious. Beattie’s 20th goal of the season also rescued a proud record for his team – Wednesday haven’t done the double over their neighbours for almost a century.
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