Steel City Derby: Iorfa Stars In Stalemate


Nigerian born defender Dominic Iorfa Jnr played his part in the Steel City derby on Monday night at Hillsbrough, reports

The versatile lad who is 23-year-old lasted a period of 79 minutes for Sheffield Wednesday in their stalemate with Sheffield United.
He has scored one goal in four appearances for Sheffield Wednesday following his permanent move from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the January transfer window.
Dominic, 23, was replaced by Morgan Fox in the 79th minute of the Sky Bet Championship game.
With the result, Sheffield Wednesday are 13th in the table with 45 points from 25 games.
Wednesday came into the contest on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run in the league which had banished talk of a relegation battle and set-up a possible late run at a play-off place.
United have not lost any of their last seven league games – and have not conceded for four consecutive matches – but struggled to fashion chances against a resilient Owls side.
The opening stages were overshadowed by United’s Jack O’Connell having objects thrown at him from the crowd while taking a throw-in.
The visitors carved out the only meaningful chance of a drab first half when Oliver Norwood’s cross found Gary Madine at the back post, only for Keiren Westwood to deny the former Wednesday striker with a smart save.
Madine felt he should have had a penalty after tangling with Michael Hector at a corner after 15 minutes, but both teams lacked quality in the final third as the contest became increasingly scrappy.
Wednesday’s lack of cutting edge prompted manager Steve Bruce to bring on George Boyd for Fernando Forestieri at half-time and it almost worked immediately as Steven Fletcher sent an overhead kick over the bar from the former Hull forward’s 46th-minute cross.
At the other end Kieron Freeman’s 49th-minute cut-back found Norwood, whose 20-yard effort drifted wide.
The hosts began to enjoy a sustained spell of pressure and Rolando Aarons almost put them ahead after 59 minutes when he beat his man and struck a fierce left-foot effort that Dean Henderson did well to parry away.
Wednesday should have gone ahead in the 65th minute when Aarons’ brilliant cross from the left was met by an unmarked Sam Hutchinson eight yards out, but the midfielder shot straight at Henderson.
Liam Palmer tried his luck form 35 yards, while at the other end nobody was on hand to meet substitute David McGoldrick’s ball across the six-yard box after he was well picked out by Norwood.
The Blades finished the stronger side, with a string of Norwood set-pieces causing panic in the Wednesday backline without a clear chance emerging.
He completed a deadline-day move to English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 23-year-old joined Wolves back in 2013 and went on to make 84 appearances for the club before he departed for a new adventure.
The former England U-20 star also spent last season on loan at Ipswich and featured regularly for the U-23 side but his chances of breaking into Nuno Espirito Santos remain slim.
Dominic is the son of former Nigeria international footballer Dominic Iorfa.


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