Leeds United Jury - Sheffield Wednesday 3 Leeds United 0: Midfield maestro Saiz provides a bit of sparkle on dismal afternoon

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The YEP Jury gives its verdict on United’s dreadful 3-0 Sky Bet Championship Yorkshire derby defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

DAVID WATKINS

The question was there to be answered: is this Leeds squad good enough?

Cracks appeared recently as United head coach Thomas Christiansen rotated players and as we came up against teams that had the formula to beat us – Millwall and Cardiff City.

But for this game all the quality players who shone in the early games were there, while Sheffield Wednesday were in a slump.

The equation looked simple; a Leeds win would get us believing again, while defeat would signal a long, hard battle with more than a dozen other sides with promotion aspirations.

For twenty minutes it looked positive; Samuel Sáiz ran the show, head and shoulders above any other player on the pitch; all we lacked was a goal.

But when Wednesday scored all that changed and while we went downhill they got better and better.

The conclusion has to be that we will generally beat poor sides but will need to improve to keep pace with the better ones.

Man of the match: Samuel Saiz

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GARY NEWBOULD

LEEDS United slipped to a third successive defeat on the road with a disappointing performance at Hillsbrough.

The Whites started the best of the two sides, especially over the opening 20 minutes and both Gjanni Alioski and Samuel Saiz had great opportunities to open the scoring. However on 25 minutes, the home side took the lead through perennial thorn-in-the-side Gary Hooper and just before half-time the same man put Wednesday two goals to the good.

Poor defending and hesitant goalkeeping were both contributory factors and it is now time for Andy Lonergan to be given a chance between the sticks.

Bad defending is one thing but it is not helped by very hesitant and unconvincing goalkeeping.

United started the second half much improved and Pierre-Michel Lasogga was unfortunate to see an effort come back if the upright.

Eight minutes from time and United’s misery was complete as poor defending by Eunan O’Kane contributed to the third Wednesday goal.

Man of the match: Samuel Saiz

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MIKE GILL

LEEDS UNITED made a bright start with Samuel Saiz all over the pitch and Gjanni Alioski nearly doing a Stuart Dallas at the far post.

And then...Gary Hooper scored his first. He loves scoring against Leeds and yesterday was no exception. After this setback Leeds seemed to lose confidence and slack defending allowed Hooper to add another on 42 minutes.

The second half started with a brief renaissance from United with Pierre-Michel Lasogga hitting the post.

When Hadi Sacko and Pablo Hernandez replaced Kemar Roofe and Alioski it felt like the last throw of the dice.

Hernandez contributed with a couple of trademark corner kicks, one of which was cleared off the line after the ball hit Pontus Jansson’s head and sped goalwards. With a well taken volley from Kieran Lee and Jansson stretchered off, the misery was complete. Is Felix Wiedwald good enough?

You can’t ask the question when clean sheets abound but you can now. Back to the drawing board? Definitely!

Man of the match: Samuel Saiz

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KEITH INGHAM

Many commented that Leeds’ season could go either way after a poor display at Cardiff City may have a point and on the lacklustre showing at Hillsborough, it won’t be upwards!

Shocking, woeful, shameful, embarrassing we’re words mentioned after the 3-0 defeat at the hands of our South Yorkshire rivals.

Thomas Christiansen has the international break to work out why the defence in particular is so out of sorts.

Maybe a change at goalkeeper is his first priority as Felix Wiedwald has not been the most dependable goalkeeper, this after starting the season pretty well.

Perhaps the fact that he wasn’t tested as much has he has been in the last three games, eight goals conceded tells it’s own story.

I said after ten games I’d have a good idea where Leeds will probably end up and I’m pretty sure it won’t be in the top two.

Another disappointing day against a team who were struggling for form before we played them.

Man of the match: No-one deserved it

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MATTHEW EVANS

Shipping six goals in two games is never a good sign and United’s performance at Hillsborough was a real wake- up call.

Millwall and Cardiff have never been particularly happy hunting grounds and, while you can argue that Yorkshire derbies aren’t our forte either, this was a Wednesday side down on its luck and lacking in confidence.

The opening 20 minutes proved that with United clearly the better side, probing and looking likely to breakthrough at any moment.

What happened next will have come as a surprise to everybody in the stadium as we backed off, slowed the tempo completely and allowed Wednesday a foothold in the game.

Gianni Alioski and Kemar Roofe were most culpable and offered very little in the way of defence.

Wednesday are a good side and we kindly gave them the shot of confidence they needed.

Whether ours will recover anytime soon remains to be seen.

Man of the match: Samuel Saiz

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