February 13, 2018 / 11:32 PM / 6 days ago

Soccer - Derby miss chance to go second in Championship

LONDON (Reuters) - Derby County missed the opportunity to go second in English football’s Championship (second tier) after they fell to a 2-0 defeat against mid-table Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

Lucas Joao scored in either half for the hosts against a third-placed Derby side who dominated possession but struggled to find a cutting edge until the closing stages.

Soccer Football - Championship - Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County - Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, Britain - February 13, 2018 Sheffield Wednesday's Daniel Pudil (L) celebrates with Liam Palmer after the match Action Images/Craig Brough

Wednesday’s victory was their first in the league since manager Jos Luhukay took over on Jan. 5.

Derby were joined on 58 points -- one behind second placed Aston Villa -- by Cardiff City after the Welsh side eased past relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers 2-0.

Armand Traore opened the scoring with his first goal for the club before Sean Morrison added a second before the break.

Both sides have a six point advantage over Fulham and Bristol City who occupy the other playoff places but they trail runaway leaders, Wolverhampton Wanderers, by 13 points.

Reporting By Tom Hayward; Editing by Toby Davis

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