Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s derby victory at Hillsborough.
What a win! Leeds finally got the win they so needed with a spirited and solid display against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
The 2-0 victory was well deserved with the goals coming from Marcus Antonsson and Chris Wood, his second in four days. Garry Monk surprised me and many fans by selecting a complete new midfield for the game with the Owls. In came Mowatt, Vieira, Bridcutt – for his second debut at the club – and Hadi Sacko. The defence stayed as was against Fulham and Chris Wood was partnered by Marcus Antonsson.
Leeds were on the front foot from the off and chief tormentor of the Wednesday defence was Sacko, who ghosted past his full-back at will to set up Charlie Taylor early on. Antonsson was just a little late when Wood set him up. Wallace had two attempts at beating Rob Green from a free kick but the keeper was equal to his later effort. Forestieri had an opportunity after a rare mix-up in the Leeds defence but his effort went wastefully wide. Cooper saved Leeds soon after clearing the Italian’s goal-bound effort off the line.
Sacko should have given Leeds the lead but he went too far wide of Westwood and the ball went out of play. With Leeds on top, the hard running Antonsson sent an effort that went past a post. Abdi’ had the last effort on goal of the first half, his free-kick clipping the bar and going over. A very good half from the men in white shirts. Wood had Leeds’ first shot but was wide. His effort this game couldn’t be faulted as he battled for every ball that came his way.
Wednesday were penned back and it was no surprise when, in a break away, Sacko and Ayling combined down the right-hand side and Sacko intelligently found Antonsson at the back post for the Swedish striker to head past Westwood. Cue wild scenes of joy in the away end. A superb goal and Leeds were worthy of it. Almost immediately Wednesday oh-so nearly replied, Green saving superbly from substitute Hooper. And Wednesday on three further occasions had Leeds fans’ hearts in their mouths as they got into the penalty box, but there was always a body to block the ball.
The final nail in the Wednesday coffin was when Leeds substitute Roofe broke away and supplied a fine ball for Wood to cleverly flick past Westwood.
A superb away day with the Keighley Whites and the best display by Leeds this season.
It’s very hard to pick a man of the match because they all played so well. Mentions must go though to Ayling, Bartley, captain Cooper, Taylor, Bridcutt and Sacko who never stopped running at Wednesday.
Men of the match: Bartley, Cooper, rock solid.
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Garry Monk is the first coach that our owner has properly backed in the transfer market. He is a modest, confident and calm man who showed his underlying steel after the Birmingham game.
On Saturday, Leeds outplayed Sheffield Wednesday in all areas.
Liam Bridcutt controlled the midfield, allowing Ronaldo Vieira to express himself.
Kyle Bartley and Liam Cooper were (mostly) sound. The excellent Luke Ayling and Charlie Taylor held the back line – and found time to get forward.
Hadi Sacko dazzled the Wednesday defenders and, despite a surfeit of adrenalin in the first half which caused overhit crosses, he was the most dangerous man on the pitch.
Create enough chances and you’re sure to convert some. And this is what happened in the second half.
A perfect cross from Sacko, after being put through by Chris Wood, allowed Marcus Antonsson to score with a diving header.
Later, the newly confident Wood scored one of his own after excellent work from Kemar Roofe.
Man of the match: Hadi Sacko.
Finally! A truly professional performance that must give us some optimism that maybe, only maybe mind, we are turning that mythical corner.
First half we were far from perfect and, had Fernando Forestieri had his mind more on the job in hand, Sheffield Wednesday may have punished us. But, we saw it through to half-time.
Second half saw the perfect away day smash and grab with two fine goals. We could have grabbed a few more too if we had been more composed; too often our crosses were more suited to giraffes.
If this performance was down to the arrival of Liam Bridcutt then we may well have completed the jigsaw.
Man of the match: Liam Cooper.
United registered their first three points of the season with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday lunchtime at Hillsbrough.
The Whites created chances a plenty and produced by far and away their most cohesive display of the embryonic season in beating their South Yorkshire rivals. Marcus Antonsson scored just after half-time and Chris Wood sealed the points five minutes from time.
Whilst defensive frailties persist, the arrival of Pontus Jansson will hopefully bring much needed solidity at the back and this was a great three points with Hadi Sacko particularly impressive throughout.
Man of the match: Hadi Sacko.
Finally our season takes off, and with some style. This was one of the best performances we’ve seen from United for quite some time and probably more accomplished than anything we saw last season.
Liam Bridcutt allowed Ronaldo Vieira to turn in his best showing of the season so far, unburdened of the sole responsibility of covering the defence and the impressive Hadi Sacko grew in confidence throughout the 90 minutes.
Garry Monk’s summer signings continue to look impressive and the relief in his post-match interview was palpable. Consistency is not all that familiar at Elland Road so we shouldn’t get too excited, but this clearly provides something positive to build on.
Man of the match: Hadi Sacko.
I’m not sure even the most optimistic of Leeds United supporters saw that result coming, but the 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday may well be the catalyst to kick-start the season.
Leeds were simply brilliant right from the opening kick-off and fully deserved the win. Eyebrows were raised by Garry Monk’s selection of a completely new midfield from the one that started against Fulham in midweek, but Liam Bridcutt and Ronaldo Vieira dovetailed immediately in the centre of the park and allowed Alex Mowatt and Hadi Sacko to run free in attacking areas.
Marcus Antonsson worked his socks off up front and put Leeds ahead and his strike partner Chris Wood looked like a different man. He caused problems all afternoon, and although he will never be the greatest finisher in the world, he continues to score goals. He sealed the win with the Whites second and it was a win that was fully deserved.
Man of the match: Hadi Sacko