Both sides went into the game knowing that defeat would cost one of them a place in The Championship next season.
In the end, a game that swung backwards and forwards ended in a 3-3 draw, which was sufficient to keep Rooney’s side in the league for another season, whilst condemning Wednesday to relegation.
Wednesday took the lead just before half time; before Derby struck back twice in the first seven minutes of the second half. Wednesday had their own seven minute purple patch, as they scored twice to equalise and then turn the game around in the 62nd and 69th minute.
Martyn Waghorn converted a penalty with 12 minutes remaining that confirmed Derby’s status in the division.
It’s been a bad year for the city of Sheffield, with United also being relegated from the Premier League.
The playoff places had already been decided before the final day of the season, but Barnsley leaped ahead of Bournemouth to claim fifth spot in the table following a 2-2 draw against already-promoted Norwich. Bournemouth lost 2-0 at home to Stoke City.
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