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Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Leeds United: Both sides miss chance to go top

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford's last goal for Leeds was on 24 August

Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United both missed the chance to go top of the Championship as their game at Hillsborough ended in a goalless draw.

A win for Leeds would have taken them above leaders West Brom, while the Owls needed victory by two goals to move into first, but neither could find a winner in atrocious conditions.

Striker Steven Fletcher almost broke the deadlock for Wednesday in the second half when his first-time shot bounced off the bar, while Kiko Casilla made several fine saves for the visitors.

Ezgjan Alioski almost stole all three points for Leeds but nodded against the post.

Patrick Bamford also missed a fine chance for the visitors before the break as his header was well saved by Keiren Westwood and the forward is now without a goal in nine matches.

Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday each dropped a place to third and fourth respectively after Preston's victory against Blackburn later in the afternoon lifted them to second.

It was a game that deserved a goal, but the wastefulness of both teams in the final third meant the fixture ended in a first goalless draw since 1969.

Leeds have now only scored 17 times in their 14 games this campaign, and the Owls 18, with their lofty positions the result of having the two tightest defences in the division.

Ultimately it was defences on top once again but the Baggies wasted the chance to stretch their lead to four points above Leeds and five in front of the Owls when they were held to a draw by Charlton.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk:

"It was two really good teams going at it in those conditions, but overall our performance warranted the three points.

"If any team was going to win the game, we deserved it, especially in the second half as we were so dominant, and we had the most offensive actions in the whole game.

"You won't often see Leeds under that pressure, and it was them scrambling towards the end."

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa:

"In the first half we played better and although we controlled the match, they had the chances.

"In the second half, the match changed. Sometimes they commanded, imposing their style on us at certain moments, sometimes we did.

"It was the kind of match you can win or lose."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 27Iorfa
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 3Fox
  • 20Reach
  • 8PelupessyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forLeeat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Bannan
  • 7K Harris
  • 17NuhiuSubstituted forForestieriat 86'minutes
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 5Lee
  • 11Winnall
  • 12Thorniley
  • 14Murphy
  • 22Odubajo
  • 25Dawson
  • 45Forestieri

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 28Berardi
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 43Klich
  • 10Alioski
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forCooperat 76'minutes
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forNketiahat 45'minutes
  • 22Harrison

Substitutes

  • 6Cooper
  • 11Roberts
  • 14Nketiah
  • 30Miazek
  • 36Gotts
  • 40Davis
  • 47Clarke
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
27,516

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Leeds United 0.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Fernando Forestieri replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Kieran Lee replaces Joey Pelupessy.

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

Attempt blocked. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Liam Cooper replaces Hélder Costa.

Attempt saved. Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Leeds United. Eddie Nketiah tries a through ball, but Hélder Costa is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Keiren Westwood tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ezgjan Alioski.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Attempt blocked. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eddie Nketiah.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Kadeem Harris.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom147612617927
2Preston1474327161125
3Leeds14743178925
4Sheff Wed147341810824
5Fulham146532314923
6Bristol City136522017323
7QPR137242323023
8Charlton146442116522
9Nottm Forest136431712522
10Swansea136431713422
11Birmingham147161416-222
12Hull145452020019
13Brentford135351511418
14Cardiff134631919018
15Millwall144641619-318
16Derby144641620-418
17Blackburn144371721-415
18Luton144282125-414
19Wigan134271017-714
20Huddersfield143471621-513
21Reading133371419-512
22Middlesbrough142661117-612
23Stoke1422101325-128
24Barnsley141581227-158
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