OWLS LACK­ING QUAL­ITY UP FRONT

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

YOU have to feel for Sh­effield Wed­nes­day. If games were won on ef­fort and in­dus­try, Derby would have been taken to the clean­ers.

In two thirds of the pitch, the Owls did ev­ery­thing right. But there is a deeply wor­ry­ing tooth­less­ness about Jos Luhukay’s side that was typ­i­fied when right-back Ash Baker crossed into a box that con­tained not a sin­gle blue and white shirt. Had the home side pos­sessed Jack Mar­riott, a player who can score goals with his eyes closed, the re­sult might have been very dif­fer­ent.

The striker was quiet for vast tracts of the game but when his mo­ment ar­rived, he seized it – and very nearly made the most of a dif­fi­cult half chance.

Derby have sev­eral play­ers of that dis­po­si­tion, with Harry Wil­son an­other to make the most of slim pick­ings. Wed­nes­day have very few – and that is why they are fac­ing a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

PIC­TURES: PA Im­ages

ON THE WAY: Derby County’s Harry Wil­son scores their first goal

BAR­GAIN BUY: Jack Mar­riott cel­e­brates scor­ing the win­ner

STAR MAN LORIAN ZEFZOON Derby

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