Leeds United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1: YEP Jury give their verdicts

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.


Uwe Rosler.

Uwe Rosler.


Saturday’s game was heading for a goalless stalemate until Sheffield Wednesday scored the best goal at Elland Road by any opposition for many years.

You got the sense that it wasn’t going to be the prettiest of afternoons when Kalvin Phillips received a yellow card for a foul within the opening two minutes. He struggled to recover from that with a performance that never matched the heights of his games against Reading or Bristol.

From there on, no matter how much Leeds huffed and puffed against a decidedly average Wednesday side, there were few real chances and little opportunity for a breakthrough. It wasn’t until we fell behind that the game got going.

Most of our problems came in midfield. Adeyemi was suffering a similar drop in form to that of Phillips which made for a weak central midfield while Sam Byram has struggled in recent weeks and Stuart Dallas seemed isolated on the left.

Uwe Rosler said of his substitutions: “sometimes you win, sometimes you lose” but this could certainly be put down as a win. There were groans around Elland Road as Sam Byram’s number flashed up on the fourth official’s board and he himself looked slightly bemused but Alex Mowatt and Luke Murphy ensured United finally got a grip on the game.

Byram’s departure meant that Stuart Dallas could switch to the right wing where he instantly became more involved. In a period of lethargic build-up play, the type that Wednesday would happily watch all afternoon, Sol Bamba decided to take matters into his own hands and stride forward into space.

Finally United looked threatening and as the ball reached Dallas he did brilliantly to skip past a couple of players and fire the low cross needed for Chris Wood to equalise. The goal represented just another flash of what Rosler’s team will be capable of with a bit of time and patience.

Other positives were just how well organised the team is and the performance of the defence.

Liam Cooper settled back into central defence with relative ease and both full backs were the definition of solid.

Sol Bamba, however, is a different class and crucial to this team.

With rumours of more creative signings to come, the team as it is at the moment, unbeaten and unlucky not have one at least one of the opening four games, represents solid foundations to build on.

Man of the match: Sol Bamba.


Leeds United made it four draws in as many Championship games.

The 1-1 scoreline was scant reward for the possession the team had in the second half after a lamentable first period when nothing seem to go right.

Uwe Rosler continued to ‘rotate’ the squad. Leeds seemed hesitant and balls failed to find their man in a disappointing first half. That said, Stuart Dallas’ shot just cleared the bar. It looked as if the teams would go into the break goalless but a moment of magic from Marco Matias put Wednesday in front just before half-time.

After the break, Sol Bamba warmed Price’s hands with a header. After 10 minutes Rosler made a double substitution and within minutes of the change Leeds grabbed a equaliser, Dallas beat two defenders and his cross was turned in by Chris Wood, his second in two games. At the other end Palmer’s header was easily saved by Marco Silvestri.

Alex Mowatt and Luke Murphy were pulling the strings in midfield and Bamba was a colossus in defence whenever Wednesday broke out of defence, helped ably by Charlie Taylor.

Leeds looked ‘leggy’ but it isn’t surprising considering the fixtures and travelling done in the past week. It’s not a excuse but it can’t have helped.

Man of the match: Sol Bamba.


Saturday at Elland Road was a difficult place to be at times. All around me people were losing patience with Uwe Rosler’s men as they huffed and puffed to break down Sheffield Wednesday and haul themselves back into a game they never really looked like losing.

But we have to be patient because if we are, then things will start to work, as they did when Stuart Dallas finally beat a man and put Chris Wood’s equaliser on a plate. Leeds were on top for the vast majority of the match, and should have come away with all three points.

Rosler showed he isn’t afraid to change things with the withdrawal of Sam Byram raising eyebrows but it worked.

Man of the match: Sol Bamba.


Marco Matias’ wonder goal lit up a turgid first half at Elland Road but Uwe Rosler’s second-half substitutions brought much-needed impetus and led to a deserved equaliser from Chris Wood. Without a win, or four games unbeaten?

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.


A fourth consecutive Championship draw suggests this Leeds side is as good as most, yet no better than any.

We just lack a bit of magic to give us an edge.

Fernando Forestieri may just be the special cog our machine needs.

This was the first time this season we went behind and it would have been easy for heads to drop – but they didn’t.

Indeed, the statistics suggest the Whites had the bulk of possession and twice as many shots. Marco Matias came up with a moment of magic when he lifted the ball first over Liam Cooper and then Marco Silvestri.

But Stuart Dallas matched that with his skill to set up Wood for the equaliser.

Man of the match: Sol Bamba.


Where is our first win going to come from? We created lots of half chances again in the second half but it’s just not coming off at the moment. Bamba was solid at the back and Antenucci and Wood worked their socks off yet again. We will click, and when we do, we are going to be a real threat.

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.