When a draw feels like a win and a defeat - derby reaction PLUS spot yourself in our fans slideshow

IN THE end they shared the points - but the 39,000 fans who watched Sheffield’s Steel City derby left with very different views on the match.

More than 28,000 Blades and Owls watched the game at Bramall Lane - and another 11,000 Wednesdayites saw it beamed back to a big screen at Hillsborough Stadium.

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane 'Blades fans celebrate Stephen Quinn's goal

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane 'Blades fans celebrate Stephen Quinn's goal

With nine minutes to go it looked like a United whitewash, 2-0 up on home turf.

But after Wednesday put in two last-gasp goals to draw level, it was only the Owls who were left singing.

The blue fans pouring out of Bramall Lane told The Star the draw felt like a win - while furious Blades fans described it as a mugging.


Loyal Unitedite Darren Manyou, aged 41, from Woodhouse, watched the match with his two sons Tyreese, 10, and Pharrell, six.

He said: “It was absolutely dismal. We collapsed under the pressure, once again. The atmosphere was amazing but once we let the first goal in it seemed we accepted we were going to let in a second.”

Blades fan Steve French, 39, from Ecclesfield, said: “We were mugged. At 2-0 up you’d think we would be alright, but apparently not.”

James Gebbie, 26, from Chesterfield, added: “Up until the last 10 minutes we were the better of the teams.

“Defensively we looked tight but they got us down the wings. They bundled in two scrappy goals and that was that.”

And Sam Hurst, 23, from Woodseats, said: “The goalkeeper was awful, our defence was terrible. In this league you need wingers and good forward players. But it was at the back we were let down.”

The reaction among Sheffield Wednesday fans was very different.

Season-ticket holders Sandra Jowitt, 66, from Wadsley Bridge and her 11-year-old granddaughter Mia, from Stocksbridge, were overjoyed at coming away with a point.

Sandra said: “It was nerve-wracking! In the first half it looked as though we couldn’t hit a barn door if we tried.

“When we scored I thought it was too late but then we got the second goal, and we deserved it.

“I’ve been going to derby matches since I was eight years old, and this was a pretty good one.”

Dave Gill, 39, originally from Hunters Bar, travelled from his home in Hertfordshire for the match.

“I’m walking away a very happy man - it feels like a win,” he said.

“I thought we were well behind in the first half but the pressure we put on in the second was excellent. The way we persevered was brilliant.”

Wednesdayite and Labour MP Angela Smith, leaving Bramall Lane with her husband, city councillor Steve Wilson, said: “We dominated from start to finish.

“The way we fought back was excellent. Coming back from 2-0 behind with nine minutes to go says a lot about the side.

“We saw a promotion side today, and they were wearing blue and white.”