Huddersfield 0 Sheff Wed 0: Controversy in Yorkshire derby as Helan stays on after being booked twice
16:00 GMT, 29 December 2012
Sheffield Wednesday extended their unbeaten run in the npower Championship to four matches but were given a helping hand by referee Mick Russell in a fiercely-contested Yorkshire derby.
Wednesday, who have climbed out of the relegation zone after three straight wins over the Christmas period, should have been reduced to 10 men midway through the first half when key player Jeremy Helan was shown a second yellow card.
But Russell did not realise he had already booked the on-loan Manchester City midfielder and amid furious protestations from Huddersfield players and management, the Herefordshire official allowed Helan to play on.
Controversial moment: Wednesday's Jeremy Helan appears to receive a second yellow card from referee Mick Russell, but he was not sent off
Flashpoint: Referee Mick Russell and his assistants are harangued by Huddersfield players at half-time
Huddersfield: Smithies, Gerrard, Wallace, Hunt (Dixon 70), Lynch, Clayton, Hammill, Southern, Atkinson (Scannell 62), Church (Vaughan 62), Beckford
Subs not used: Bennett, P Clarke, Norwood, Novak
Booked: Hunt, Dixon, Hammill
Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, R Johnson, Gardner, Llera, Antonio (J Johnson 88), McCabe, Lee, Helan, Prutton, Madine (Sidibe 65)
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Battle: Sean Scannell of Huddersfield (left) fights for the ball with Rhys McCabe of Sheffield Wednesday
Physical: Adam Hammill of Huddersfield (left) collides with Wednesday's Reda Johnson
Amid chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' the referee's gaffe was also pointed out by Grayson to fourth official Duncan Street and assistant referee Wayne Grunnill, but under the laws of the game, once Russell had restarted play following the foul, he was unable to retrospectively correct his mistake.
Town carved out their only clear-cut chance of the opening half a minute before the interval.
Church's low shot following Adam Clayton's cross was brilliantly saved by Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and the score remained goalless at half-time.
Wednesday winger Michail Antonio almost cashed in on Wallace's slip on the edge of the area a minute into the second period, but dragged his shot wide, and soon after crossed tantalisingly to the far post, inches away from the outstretched boot of Madine.
Snap shit: Huddersfield's James Vaughan fires in a shot during the 0-0 draw at the John Smith's Stadium
Toe-to-toe: Kieran Lee and Murray Wallace slide in
Huddersfield responded in the 59th minute, but Clayton headed tamely at Kirkland following Hammill's pinpoint cross before Grayson sent on Sean Scannell and Vaughan for Atkinson and Church respectively.
Wednesday substitute Sidibe replaced Madine in the 65th minute and Huddersfield swapped injured right-back Jack Hunt with Paul Dixon five minutes later.
Dixon was booked soon after for bringing Antonio's marauding run crashing to an end.
Sidibe lashed a 25-yard shot high and wide in the 84th minute before Sidibe's header from Rhys McCabe's corner was superbly tipped away by Smithies and Vaughan's volley shaved the post at the other end.