Date: 19th October 2008 at 8:28pm
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Wednesday boss Brian Laws heaped praise on his Wednesday stars following the 1-0 Steel City derby victory over Sheffield United at Hillsborough on Sunday.

Laws was left delighted at the amount of heart and desire his troops showed, and the quality of their defence when the Blades threw everything bar the proverbial kitchen sink at the Owls in the second half in the hope of an equaliser.

He told the official SWFC website: ‘This derby game had everything; lots to write about, lots to talk about, incidents galore. There were some thunderous tackles going in, it was scrappy, but you have to have a lot of heart, a lot of desire and throw your bodies in the way of things.

‘I give the players great credit for that because Sheffield United threw everything at us and we defended as well as we possibly could. If we defend like that for the rest of the season I will be a happy man.

‘In the first 15 minutes we set about them, we got at them and we were in control. The turning point was the sending off, it turned the game on its head and it turned into a nervy affair.’

Laws will be hoping for a similar performance in a second South Yorkshire derby in two days time when he takes his men to Oakwell to take on struggling Barnsley.

But he knows all too well that with a just a day’s preparation before the big clash, three more points won’t be that easy to come by.

‘The bragging rights go to Sheffield Wednesday this time, it puts us in fifth place and it sends a lot of happy people home with a smile on their face,’ he continued.

‘The downside is we have one day to recover, see how the walking wounded are and recover from a stressful match. There were a few players cramping up and that concerns me but we will be ready come Tuesday for another derby at Barnsley.’