Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 2: YEP Jury give their verdicts

Sam Byram wins the ball against Sheffield Wednesday.
Sam Byram wins the ball against Sheffield Wednesday.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

GARY NEWBOULD
United finally arrested their five-game losing streak with a first league victory in a month against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday lunchtime at Hillsborough.

Coach Neil Redfearn made one change to the side which fell to a late defeat at The Valley a week earlier with the fit-again Gaetano Berardi replacing Billy Sharp.

The Whites settled better in the early exchanges with Sam Byram putting Alex Mowatt clean through, only for Owls stopper Kieron Westwood coming to the rescue of the home side.

On 15 minutes the same two United youngsters were at the heart of events once again as Byram was cynically hauled down only just outside the area, with Alex Mowatt’s curling free-kick missing by a whisker.

Wednesday took the lead just after the half-hour from the penalty spot and held it until half-time.

Leeds came out for the second period with an increased steely determination and Rodolph Austin should have done better from the edge of the area right at the start of the half. The deserved equaliser arrived just before the hour mark when a Luke Murphy free-kick was scrambled into the path of Charlie Taylor to convert his second senior goal for the club.

The home side reacted well to conceding a goal with coach Neil Redfearn responding by replacing Alex Mowatt with former Blade Billy Sharp, given a ‘warm’ reception by the home fans. But his introduction was a master stroke by Neil Redfearn.

Almost immediately Sharp’s hard work created an opening for Sam Byram who played in Steve Morison to convert his second goal in as many matches and which sent the 4,000 loyal hordes into raptures. United looked comfortable in the final 15 minutes, having clearly learned a lesson in game management from the late defeat at The Valley.

With seemingly nothing to play for, players dropping like nine-pins and falling behind to a harsh penalty, United could have easily surrendered the points.

However, the players are clearly playing for their team, their supporters and most of all their coach. Mr President please take note when you return!

Man of the match: Sam Byram.

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds’ hard-fought 2-1 win was well deserved after a good second-half fightback.

You expect a tough encounter at Hillsborough, but backed by nearly 4,000 away fans, Leeds tried to assert themselves early in the game. But a penalty – Leeds have conceded 13 this season, some more debatable than others – left it 1-0 at the break in the Owls’ favour.

Leeds went at Wednesday from the start of the second half, while Wednesday rarely troubled the Leeds rearguard, held firm by Bamba and Cooper.

The equaliser came when a Leeds free-kick went through the Wednesday wall and in the confusion caused by it, the ball fell eventually to Charlie Taylor and the away end erupted.

Better was to follow after Steve Morison got behind the defence to stab a ball goalwards. His first effort was saved but he netted the rebound. Two in two for the much maligned Leeds striker.

Wednesday tried to get the equaliser but the Leeds goal was never in any real danger.

In fact Leeds should have made it three but Taylor shot tamely at goal when former Blade Billy Sharp was in a great position for a tap-in if found. Austin went close with a late effort too.

This was Leeds’ seventh win on their travels this season.

Man of the match: Steve Morison.

MATTHEW EVANS

This was a spirited performance that helped put the bad memories of last season’s 6-0 defeat to one side.

As at Charlton, United put together some great passages of play but the crucial difference was keeping that standard up for the full 90 minutes.

The win came as a huge relief in stopping a terrible run of form that was only going to affect the start of next season.

Win or lose against Rotherham next week there are a number of priorities remaining for the club. Firstly, sign up the young players, then sign up Rodolph Austin and, perhaps most importantly of all, get Neil Redfearn and a proper coaching team in place in good time to prepare for next season.

Man of the match: Steve Morison.

STEPHEN CLARK

Leeds ended the long run without a win with a morale-boosting victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

The manner of the win will have pleased Neil Redfearn, United battling back from a goal down to snatch the win with second-half strikes from Charlie Taylor and Steve Morison.

The building blocks are clearly there for an optimistic outlook on the future, but with the wrecking ball of Massimo Cellino ready to return, it looks like demolition of the work done by Redders is more likely.

Man of the match: The travelling support who deserve a medal for sticking with the team through another dismal season.

JAMES HARRISON

What a great way to end our away season. The fans have travelled in numbers all season and it is a great way for them to finish.

Beating the Yorkshire rivals is always good but especially after our last trip to Hillsborough, it makes it even sweeter.

Steve Morison again got on the scoresheet and I’m absolutely delighted for him but I don’t know if he has done enough to earn himself a new contract with us.

I think Neil Redfearn would like to keep him but I’m not sure he would get the go ahead from up above.

Hopefully we finish the season strong next week against relegation-threatened Rotherham United.

Man of the match: Sam Byram.

JONATHAN FORD

Well what a good way to end the away campaign and this one tops it for me because of the fight and determination we showed in a Yorkshire derby.

Steve Morison deserves the two goals in two games simply for his efforts!

Man of the match: Gaetano Berardi.

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