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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 22:46 GMT
Sheff Wed 1-1 Derby (aet)
Derby win 4-2 on penalties

By Matt Braithwaite

Derby players celebrate their penalty shoot-out win
Derby beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 on penalties at Hillsborough to set up an FA Cup fourth-round tie with Preston.

Craig Fagan slotted home the winning spot-kick after Lewis Price saved Glenn Whelan and Kenny Lunt's efforts.

Steve Watson put the Owls ahead early in the first half, firing low past Price from Jermaine Johnson's cross.

The visitors levelled through Kenny Miller's precise shot shortly after the break but neither side could find a winner and a shoot-out was needed.

Derby had the best of the early exchanges, with Owls goalkeeper Lee Grant making a sharp save to keep out Miller's shot from a tight angle.

But Wednesday soon gained the upper hand and Jermaine Johnson's tricky run and cross from the right was met by the veteran Watson arriving in the box to fire a shot into the bottom right corner.


Johnson continued to torment Derby's defence, as did Wade Small on the left, and the latter missed a great chance to make it 2-0 when he blazed over from 10 yards.

Rare excursions to the other end saw Derby's Gary Teale beat the offside trap, only to drag his shot across the face of goal, while Miller curled a 20-yard effort high and wide.

The Rams looked low on confidence, exemplified by Price's scuffed clearance nearly falling to two advancing Wednesday players, though he redeemed himself with a good save from Tommy Spurr's deflected shot.

Derby manager Paul Jewell sent his players out early for the second half and whatever was said during the interval seemed to do the trick.

The Rams' first attack of the half saw Miller sidefoot the ball into the bottom right corner from the edge of the box to draw Derby level.

After that, neither goalmouth saw much activity as the match descended into a scrappy affair, with referee Chris Hoy having to break up a large scuffle at one point.

Derby looked the livelier side as full time approached, though either team could have won it in the final minutes.

Wednesday's Deon Burton fired over from 12 yards following a rare second-half attack, while for Derby an unmarked Miller headed over when he should have found the target.

Both sides huffed and puffed in the first period of extra time but rarely threatened to score, with Fagan and Lewin Nytanga firing well over with long-range efforts.

The second extra period saw Wednesday's Leon Clarke and Lunt both shoot straight at Price, while at the other end substitute Robert Earnshaw's shot was deflected wide.

The Owls then missed their first two shoot-out penalties, with Whelan and Lunt both seeing their efforts saved.

Though Marcus Tudgay and Burton found the net, Miller, Eddie Lewis and Earnshaw all did the same for Derby, leaving Fagan to finish it with a cool strike into the bottom right corner.

Sheff Wed: Grant, Bullen, Hinds, Beevers, Spurr, Whelan, Watson (Lunt 51), Johnson, Small (Burton 81), Sodje (Clarke 71), Tudgay.
Subs Not Used: Gilbert, Wood.

Booked: Spurr, Lunt.

Goals: Watson 10.

Derby: Price, Edworthy, Leacock (Moore 83), Todd, Davis, Nyatanga, Teale (Earnshaw 106), Pearson, Barnes (Lewis 42), Fagan, Miller.
Subs Not Used: Hinchliffe, Macken.

Booked: Todd, Leacock, Nyatanga, Edworthy.

Goals: Miller 47.

Derby win 4-2 on penalties

Att: 18,020

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Sheffield Wednesday's Akpo Sodje 7.54 (on 90 minutes).

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