Leeds United report: The Whites beaten 2-0 by Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds United endured an afternoon to forget as they were beaten 2-0 by Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on Saturday.
The Whites were guilty of wasting good first-half chances, with Jacob Murphy and Atdhe Nuhiu striking in the final 10 minutes to secure a 2-0 win for Garry Monk’s side at Elland Road, ending a three-game losing streak in the Championship.
In the early stages of the game, Leeds United dominated possession but couldn’t break a firm Wednesday defence, despite Luke Ayling, Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford all having efforts on Cameron Dawson’s goal.
Whilst Leeds’ chances were coming frequently, Wednesday also probed the home side’s goal, as Murphy just couldn’t connect Adam Reach’s cross well. As the half grew, so did Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, with Patrick Bamford having a goal ruled out for offside before Jack Harrison forced Dawson into a good low save.
A lot of chances were created by the hosts, only for the players to lack composure in the final third.
Bamford started the second half in the same way, missing a big chance from seven yards out, scooping the ball over the bar straight after the restart. Winnall almost punished Bamford’s miss but he couldn’t make a meaningful touch off Barry Bannan’s corner.
Chances dried up for both sides as the game approached its final 10 minutes, with Monk turning to the likes of Nuhiu and Joey Pelupessy, cancelling out any Leeds sting. And for all the control Leeds United had, Wednesday provided a sucker-punch in the 87th minute.
Keiran Lee turned the ball over in Leeds’ half before the advancing Murphy was fed into the area, leaving him with enough space to fire beyond Casilla and stun the Elland Road crowd.
United were buoyed by the added time board, which showed five injury-time minutes but it was the Owls who struck again as Reach got in behind to pick out substitute Nuhiu.
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Mightily disappointed with the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, here’s how some Leeds fans reacted.
Absolutely pathetic performance
— Jack 💙💛 (@KingWhiteRose) January 11, 2020
Haha…the annual collapse stars again 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
— Martinnelmes (@martinnelmes) January 11, 2020
Invest or a repeat of last season is on the cards.
— Andrew Ibbotson (@AIbbotson) January 11, 2020
Get a striker asap!!
— Atle Kristiansen (@AtleKristianse1) January 11, 2020
Literally copying last season, may as well write us off now
— Mauricesunderland (@Mozza_44) January 11, 2020
— James (@YorkshireJAMES1) January 11, 2020
— Garry Pierrepont (@Weysider) January 11, 2020
SIGN SOME PLAYERS
— James Gibson 💙💛 (@JamesGibbo11) January 11, 2020
Need a new striker ASAP!
— Emma Scott (@emzscottxxx) January 11, 2020
— Rob (@rob_brown8) January 11, 2020