Rams recover but will have to do it all again after Owls throw away their chance


Last updated at 00:28 07 January 2008

Paul Jewell was

spared further embarrassment

as Sheffield

Wednesday threw

away their chance to

add Derby to the weekend's

list of top flight casualties in

the FA Cup.

Derby manager Jewell has found

it tough since taking over from Billy

Davies six weeks ago.

With only one

point from his seven games in

charge, the new incumbent at Pride

Park was seeking an escape from

the pressures of propping up the

Barclays Premier League.

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Mark Beevers

Midway through the first half,

nobody would have blamed him for

tossing in the towel after his defence

had caved in twice to put Wednesday

within sight of the fourth round.

However, Derby showed hitherto

hidden reserves of spirit to claw

their way back into the tie and force

a replay, although they were aided

by defensive chaos in the visiting


Jewell said: "It looked like we

were ripe for the picking after 23

minutes, didn't it?

"A draw doesn't look a great result

but when we were two down we

were staring down the barrel. I'm

pleased we are still in the hat. Look,

I have to take any crumb of comfort

I can at the moment.

"We'd have lost that one heavily a

month ago. We have come back

and we haven't done that since I've

been here. It may seem strange

that I'm happy but after 23

minutes it was looking pretty grim."

Derby's £2million signing Emanuel Villa was paraded around

the ground before the kick-off.

With Danny Mills making his

debut, a contract offer on the table

for Laurent Robert and Hossam

Ghaly and a scrap developing over

£1.5m Blackburn midfielder Robbie

Savage, the club are making good

on their promise not to go down

without a fight.

The 2-2 scoreline at the interval

suggested an exciting encounter

but anyone present will confirm

that defensive frailties rather than

attacking genius were the main

cause of the goal glut.

Wednesday profited first after

nine minutes, when 18-year-old

centre half Mark Beevers swung a

leg at the ball on the edge of the

area and Derby's Wales goalkeeper

Lewis Price let it slip through his


Kenny Miller

If Wednesday fans thought

lightning couldn't strike

twice, they were wrong.

Midway through the half

Wednesday skipper Lee

Bullen's ball down the right

was headed into the air by

Darren Moore.

The big Derby

defender dithered when it came

down and Marcus Tudgay, who didn't

enjoy the happiest of times

when he was a Derby player,

volleyed across Price and into the

net. Tudgay then headed just over

10 minutes before the interval.

Sheffield Wednesday manager

Brian Laws said: "That would have

been game over."

As it was, Derby's Scotland

striker Kenny Miller atoned for slicing

an effort wide moments earlier

by chesting down Craig Fagan's

deflected pass and rifling it home

after 38 minutes.

Then, in first-half

added time, the visitors exposed

their soft underbelly once more as

they failed to clear a corner

adequately and Giles Barnes took

the ball down on his thigh before

firing low into the net from the

edge of the area.

Wednesday hover one point above

the Championship relegation


Yet their second-half display —

one glaring miss from Eddie Lewis

apart — left manager Laws

strangely disappointed at the final


Particularly after referee

Phil Dowd had ruled out an effort

from another Derby old boy, Deon

Burton, seven minutes from time

for offside.

This was the first time

the official had been in charge of a

game in which Jewell was a manager

since the Scouser's infamous

outburst at the Emirates Stadium

last season.

But Jewell's opposite number

said: "I'm going to be more disappointed

than Paul.

"We said in the dressing room

beforehand that if we scored first

we had a great chance because

Derby had never recovered from

going a goal down. So when we

went two-up I thought that our

luck was in.

"We looked comfortable. I'm

disappointed that we conceded the

two goals. The defending for their

goals could have been better and I

know the defending for ours could

have been."