Leeds United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2 - Owls late show punishes lacklustre Whites at Elland Road

Leeds United beaten by Sheffield Wednesday in Yorkshire derby at Elland Road

Saturday, 11th January 2020, 4:59 pm
Updated Saturday, 11th January 2020, 5:19 pm
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford in action at Elland Road. (Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Sheffield Wednesday handed Leeds United a 2-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon in Championship action.

Marcelo Bielsa made two changes from his sides last league outing at West Brom as left-back Barry Douglas and top goalscorer Patrick Bamford began the Yorkshire derby.

It was the hosts who started the afternoon on the front foot as Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford shot wide of the mark signalling the Whites early intentions.

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Wednesday, though, enjoyed the best opportunity of the opening exchanges as Jacob Murphy should really have done better with an Adam Reach cross but saw his volley fly past the wrong side of the post.

United winger Jack Harrison then took his turn to miss a glorious chance in the opposite box as he broke free from a Kalvin Phillips free-kick to guide a half-volley inches wide.

Leeds did have the ball in the back of the net as the Manchester City loanee started off another a well-worked move with Bamford heading home only to see the offside flag raised.

Harrison and Bamford then forced Owls stopper Cameron Dawson into successive saves to keep the scoreline level before Liam Cooper was in the right place at the right time to block a low Sam Winnall effort at the vital moment.

Costa again fired a wild effort over the bar from the penalty spot as the half-time whistle sounded in what was a scrappy stop-start affair in LS11.

The hosts again should have found the back of the net as Costa's run down the right presented Bamford with a golden chance inside the six-yard box but the forwards effort flew over the bar.

Wednesday reacted to the warning and enjoyed a strong spell with Leeds failing to stamp their authority on the game.

Garry Monk's side should themselves have opened the scoring as Murphy drilled a ball across goal with Winnall inches away from connecting.

The Owls striker then blazed a volley over the bar from a corner as United scrambled the ball off the line in frantic fashion.

Bielsa responded by introducing Gjanni Alioski, Pablo Hernandez and Jordan Stevens into the game.

As the match entered the final 10 minutes it was Leeds who were finishing with a flurry.

Harrison headed wide at the back post before Alioski and Bamford both saw shots blocked inside the box by retreating defenders.

It was the visitors, though, who had the final say as they broke at pace through Murphy.

The winger sprinted into the box and drilled low underneath Kiko Casilla to stun Elland Road into silence and grab a goal they had earlier deserved.

United were buoyed by the added time board which showed five injury-time minutes but it was again the Owls who struck as Reach got in behind to pick out substitute Aidhe Nuhiu.

The forward made no mistake from inside the box to smash home and seal all three points for the Owls.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Douglas (Alioski 56), Phillips, Klich (Hernandez 66), Dallas, Harrison, Costa (Stevens 76), Bamford. Subs: Meslier, Casey, Berardi, Shackleton.

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Fox, Lee, Bannan, Winnall (Nuhiu 69), Borner, Murphy, Reach, Luongo (Pelupessy 78), Iorfa, Urhoghide (Hutchinson 85). Subs: Wildsmith, Rhodes, Harris, Hughes.

Attendance: 36,422