Derby County 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Darren Bent

Darren Bent scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute

Derby striker Darren Bent came off the bench to rescue a point against fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday.

Barry Bannan, who was named in the Championship team of the season this week, scored with a superb strike from 30 yards to put the Owls in front.

Veteran Bent levelled just a minute after coming on when he headed home from Johnny Russell’s cross.

The Rams had already confirmed their play-off place while the Owls are now seven points clear of Cardiff.

Derby v Sheffield Wednesday as it happened

If the Bluebirds lose to already-relegated Bolton later on Saturday then Wednesday will be in the Championship play-offs for the first time since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2000.

A closely-fought game came to life in the 69th minute when Bannan exchanged passes with striker Gary Hooper and hit a wonderful dipping shot that caught keeper Scott Carson out and went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Fernando Forestieri nearly sealed victory for the Owls with a curling free-kick that hit the top of the bar on its way over before Bent scored just his third goal of the season with a backpost header after excellent work from Russell.

Derby pushed for a late winner but were unable to make it five successive victories while Carlos Carvalhal’s side, who host Cardiff next week, have now drawn their last three games.

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