SHEFFIELD Wednesday fans have bragging rights after the Owls beat the Blades 1-0 in the steel city derby at Hillsborough, writes Bob Westerdale.
A Chris O’Grady header was enough to give three priceless points to the blue side of the city in a nerve-shredding League One encounter.
Wednesday now move to within two pts of their second-placed neighbours.
Sheffield United had earlier shaded the possession in a first with more free kicks than goal attempts.
Wednesday’s Reda Johnson had a header from inside the area over the crossbar on seven minutes.
On 30 minutes David Prutton threatened briefly with a shot which Ryan Lowe blocked.
A minute later, Chris Lines had a direct free kick comfortably saved by Steve Simonsen.
United’s most dangerous player, Ched Evans, had a couple of shots both of which went wide of the target on either side.
It was scrappy - but compulsive viewing. And it included a bizarre moment where Owls manager Gary Megson responded to taunts from United fans by pointing to the Owls badge on his lapel.
On 53 minutes Chris O’Grady could have broken the deadlock with a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box but it went wide.
The Owls needed more firepower and five minutes later, Gary Madine came on for Ryan Lowe.
Shortly afterwards, David Prutton went off and Mike Jones entered the fray.
Hillsborough’s home fans hit the roof as Chris O’Grady headed in the opening goal after a spell of pressure on 72minutes and fine work from Lewis Buxton.
O’Grady ran to the touchline to deliver Megson a big hug as the fans cavorted in the stand.
Ryan Flynn replaced Nick Montgomery on 79 minutes as Danny Wilson sought to find a way back into the game.
Later Will Hoskins also came on a substitute, replacing Richard Cresswell.
And lades James Beattie on came on for Quinn on 86 minutes.
With Rob Jones playing a masterful performance, the odds seemed against United levelling.
A last minute Ryan Flynn takes a shot, which was saved by Stephen Bywater.
Attendance: 36,364. A total of 9,317 watched the beam back at Bramall Lane.
Teams: OWLS: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, R Jones, R Johnson, Antonio, Semedo, Prutton, Lines, O’Grady, Lowe. Subs:
Weaver, Madine, M Jones, Morrison, Llera.
BLADES: Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Collins, Jean-Francois, Williamson, Doyle, Montgomery, Quinn, Cresswell,
Evans. Subs: Howard, Ertl, Hoskins, Beattie, Flynn.
*What are your thoughts on today’s Hillsborough derby?
*Read Paul Thompson and James Shield’s views in Monday’s Star.