There was no splitting Sheffield Wednesday and Derby as the Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls fought out a cagey, goalless draw at Hillsborough.
Paul Clement’s men made the short journey up the M1 to take on the play-off-chasing Owls in an encounter that failed to set alight.
Wednesday failed to translate an impressive first-half display into a lead and had to ride their luck at times after the break, with Derby midfielder Bradley Johnson rattling the crossbar late on.
It was a rare moment of excitement during a frustrating encounter, but things could have been so much different had Ross Wallace’s exceptional half-volley 15 minutes in not been met by an equally-impressive save from former Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant.
Derby were a shadow of the side that so impressively won at Hull last time out but improved markedly after half-time, with Johnson their main threat on his return from suspension.