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In focus: Terriers v Owls

20 February 2014

Recent meetings between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town have not been short of talking points.

Following Wednesday’s promotion to the Championship via the play-offs in 2004/05, there was a period of over five and a half years before the two sides crossed paths again.

But from 2010 onwards, the Yorkshire rivals have been involved in a series of captivating derbies and with Wednesday set to face the Terriers on Saturday, all the ingredients are in place for another memorable encounter.

The Terriers took the honours in 2010/11, claiming an impressive double over the Owls with a 2-0 win at Hillsborough and 1-0 win at The Galpharm.

Anthony Pilkington was on target in both fixtures for Town, while Graham Carey also notched in S6.

But the following season saw the Yorkshire derby produce two of the most engrossing games of that campaign.

Over the 2011 Christmas period, Wednesday and Huddersfield shared the spoils in a remarkable 4-4 draw at Hillsborough.

Few will forget the fixture, which saw Town burst into an early two-goal lead through Jordan Rhodes but the Owls hit back to storm into a 4-2 lead with goals from Rob Jones, Reda Johnson, Ben Marshall and Chris O’Grady, before Rhodes scored twice more to level.

With both sides firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion, the April 2011 fixture was arguably the most important of all recent clashes between the two.

The Terriers had lost just one game in ten prior to the derby but goals from Miguel Llera and Nile Ranger saw Wednesday pick up a priceless win – leaving the Terriers with a mountain to climb in terms of breaking into the top two.

Huddersfield have since edged proceedings and in the first meeting back in the Championship, the Terriers overcame Wednesday 3-1 at Hillsborough in a game that saw Joe Mattock and Joel Lynch sent off.

Although the return fixture in December 2012 ended goalless, it was not without its talking points.

There was mass confusion midway through the first period when Jeremy Helan had seemingly picked up a second yellow card for a lunging challenge, having earlier been booked for simulation.

But the ex-Manchester City man did not see red and it was later revealed the referee had mistakenly booked Michail Antonio first time around.

And that brings us up to 2013/14. Wednesday will be out to avenge defeat against the Terriers back in November.

Goals from Martin Paterson and in-form Adam Clayton put Huddersfield firmly in the driving seat before Connor Wickham rifled home a late consolation from a free kick.

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