Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has shared with local reporters a secret about Sheffield Wednesday’s Sam Hutchinson.

Hutchinson came close to scoring the only goal of Monday’s Steel City Derby after latching on to Rolando Aarons’ 65th-minute cross. However, the midfielder saw his shot saved by United ‘keeper Dean Henderson.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Dean Henderson of Sheffield United saves from Sam Hutchinson of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United at Hillsborough Stadium on March 04, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

With John Fleck ahead of him, Hutchinson was a firm second favourite to meet Aarons’ centre, and the Blades man’s decision to pull out of his interception at the critical point came as a surprise to many inside Hillsborough.

According to Wilder however, there’s a very good reason why Hutchinson got to the ball first.

The 51-year-old told the Star’s James Shield: “I’ll let you into a secret. For their big chance Sam Hutchinson shouted ‘keeper’s’ and Flecky left it. Perhaps the miss was karma but I quite like that.”


Monday was Hutchinson’s first taste of an all-Sheffield encounter, having missed the previous three through injury.

The 29-year-old has only ever scored five goals for Wednesday in 122 appearances.

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