BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Football: Eng Div 1  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Teams
Statistics
FA Cup
Eng Prem
Internationals
Champions League
Uefa Cup
Eng Div 1
Eng Div 2
Eng Div 3
Eng Conf
Scot Prem
Scottish Cup
Scot Div 1
Scot Div 2
Scot Div 3
Europe
Africa
League of Wales
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

Saturday, 2 November, 2002, 17:36 GMT
Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Derby

Sheffield Wednesday are hoping to unveil their seventh manager in five years next week, and it is clear the appointment cannot come quick enough.

If Wednesday's fans thought all their problems would be cured by the departure of Terry Yorath, then they were given a rude awakening by Derby.

The visitors scored three times as Wednesday crashed to their seventh defeat in eight matches to remain rooted in the First Division's bottom three.

Rotherham's Ronnie Moore is the Wednesday board's preferred choice to lead the Owls to safety.

Huge debts

Former Sheffield United manager Dave Bassett is also high on the list of candidates, with George Burley, Peter Reid and Chris Waddle also in the running.

With the Owls 23m in debt and with no money available for fresh faces, Yorath's successor will have to find a cure within the squad for the shambolic defending which proliferated against Derby.

The visitors had just two chances in the first half and scored from both, while the Owls played the better football and created opportunities but could not finish them off.

Lee Morris, a former Sheffield United player, bagged both County's first-half goals, albeit at a price.

Serious injury

After taking a 29th minute through-ball from Adam Bolder in his stride and rounding keeper Kevin Pressman before slotting home from an improbable angle, Morris' momentum saw him career into the advertising hoardings.

While his team-mates celebrated, it was clear Morris was in trouble and after being attended to by Derby's physios and medical staff because of a head injury, he was stretchered off.

Sportingly the Wednesday supporters, despite Morris' previous allegiance, gave the stricken player a round of applause on his way to the dressing room.

Morris had opened the scoring inside seven minutes after he finished off a scything move involving Izale McLeod and Bolder.

Young star

If caretaker boss Bill Green, stepping up from his role as chief scout, had been banking on a second-half revival then such hopes were blown away inside three minutes of the restart.

The 17-year-old McLeod, who scored his first senior goal in the 2-1 win at home to Sheffield United in midweek, made it two in two matches after taking advantage of a woeful back pass from Ian Hendon.

Wednesday rallied, but 56th-minute substitute Matthew Hawshaw's 20-yard free-kick five minutes after his arrival was all the Owls could manage as a week to forget ended in further misery.


Sheff Wed: Pressman, Hendon, Bromby, Soltvedt, Geary, Donnelly, McLaren, Haslam, Armstrong, Kuqi, Sibon.
Subs: Stringer, Quinn, Owusu, Knight, Hamshaw.

Derby: Poom, Barton, Evatt, Higginbotham, Hunt, Lee, Bolder, Boertien, Kinkladze, McLeod, Morris.
Subs: Grant, Elliott, Burton, Twigg, Huddlestone.

Referee: A D'Urso (Essex).

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
BBC Five Live's John Driscoll
"Wednesday defended dreadfully"
Owls caretaker boss Bill Green
"We should have shown more guile in the box"
Derby goalscorer Lee Morris
"I didn't see the goal go in"

Sunday's game

Saturday's games

SPORTS TALK

DIV ONE STATISTICS
Click here for all the latest from the My Club section


Match coverage
Click here for all the latest from the My Club section


Match coverage
Links to more Eng Div 1 stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Eng Div 1 stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales