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Luhukay, who has only ever managed in Germany before, replaced Carlos Carvalhal as Owls boss last week and his introduction to life in this country came in the shape of a Steel City derby – the first man to ever begin his managerial reign with this match.

But he made a promising start as his side overcame the second-half dismissal of captain Glenn Loovens to hold on for a goalless draw and they might even have won it at the end as Blades goalkeeper Simon Moore made a brilliant save to deny Adam Reach.

Dutchman Luhukay, who had no qualms with Loovens’ red card, said: “I enjoyed it, I am very happy to be here. The game was very hard for us but I must give my team a compliment and I have respect for the fight they gave me for 90 minutes.

“The last 25 minutes was not so easy but we did the defending as a team and at the end we had two good chances. I think this draw we can live with, but we could have also won it.

“The atmosphere, the passion… this is football, you live for football, you enjoy football, I liked it very much. What they did today gave me hope for the next games. You feel it from the first minute until the end. I am happy with that.

“The team were good after the red card, they did a very good job together. At the end we had two good situations and the goalkeeper had fantastic reflexes.

“It was the first match for me as manager of Wednesday and I am happy we can get a draw, it’s the first step to get to a better situation for the team.”

The stalemate denied the Blades…



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