Wednesday vs United - Season so far

Last updated : 10 October 2008 By Jamie Furniss

Wednesday so far:

The Owls started the 2008/2009 campaign by sitting top spot in the Championship table after their 4:1 demolishing over Burnley. A double brace from Tudgay and Sodje gave Wednesday delight on the season curtain raiser.

Their second home game in a week saw them exit the first domestic Cup of the season. Rotherham who recently moved into Sheffield to play their home games knocked Brian Laws men out of the Carling Cup 5:3 on penalties after a dramatic 2:2 draw in 120 minutes.

It was back to league action and despite turning Burnley over by 4 goals to 1, Wednesday got thumped the same score line at Wolverhampton Wanderers and saw them drop from 1st to 13th.

Two 1:1 draws against Preston and Swansea was next on the cards but they got back to winning ways when they eased past Watford 2:0.

Traffic jams caused chaos on the Owls trip down to Berkshire in a Tuesday night encounter with Reading. And the long journey down south looked to have had an impact on the score line when a heavy 6:0 defeat occurred.

A 0:0 draw with Ipswich and victories over Charlton and Forest rounded off September. And the previous game to date saw them go down 4:0 at Home Park against Paul Sturrock's Plymouth Argyle.

The Blades so far:
A tough encounter with ex Premier League outfit Birmingham at St. Andrews saw United unluckily lose to a Kevin Phillip's last minute winner! The first home tie of the season was Carling Cup action. The Blades eased past Port Vale 3:1.

Billy Sharp scored his first senior hat-trick in a red and white shirt against the rich men Queens Park Rangers.

Another triple of goals occurred, this time at Bloomfield Road when finishes from Stephen Quinn, Gary Speed Greg Halford and ex Blade Steve Kabba for the Tangerines saw United cruise to a 3:1 victory.

Two late goals from Darius Henderson and academy graduate Kyle Naughton sent the Blades through to the 3rd Round of the League Cup when they sneaked past Huddersfield 2:1 at the Galpharm.

A 0:0 draw with Cardiff City closed the opening section of the season as an International break was soon on it's way! And a trip to Pride Park a fortnight later in front of the Sky Sports cameras saw Kevin Blackwell's troops be the first team to lose against the Rams in a league game for nearly a year. Former United striker Rob Hulse broke his duck since breaking his leg and netted the winner for the Rams.

A poor performance against Coventry saw each sides grab a point in a 1:1 draw. Another last minute heartache occurred when Norwich clinched the winning goal in the 92nd minute a Carrow Road.

Was it emabarrasment or pure class from the Arsenal youngsters. To be honest it was pure class and ability when Arsene Wenger's teens netted six past United's backline at the Emirates and sent United crashing out of the Carling Cup.

The Gaffer called for a response, and response he certainly got. The next three games were all victories. Watford were seen off by 2 goals to 1, while United took the spoils in the first local derby of the campaign. The final score at the Keepmoat was Doncaster 0:2 Sheff Utd.

And finally the most recent encounter was with Bristol City at the Lane. More goals and some crackers at that gave Gary Johnson's Robins no chance whatsoever. The previous three wins surely stands United in good stead for the Steel City Derby in just over a weeks time.

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