Owls unfortunate not to claim victory

Wednesday can count themselves unfortunate not to take all three points in a keenly-fought goalless clash with Leeds at Hillsborough on Saturday lunchtime.

Overall, we had the best of the game and, while Leeds had their chances as well, on another day we could easily have chalked up a victory in our best performance in recent weeks.

After the afternoon matches in the Championship, we have dropped one spot to fourth, three points behind leaders West Brom and it is now just one defeat in eight league games under Garry Monk.

After losing Julian Borner to an ankle injury in the warm-up, we twice went close to opening the scoring in the first half, keeper Kiko Casilla pushing away Liam Palmer’s drive and then tipping over from Steven Fletcher’s fierce long-ranger.

At the other end, Keiren Westwood ensured a goalless first 45 minutes, producing an excellent full-length save to keep out Patrick Bamford’s header.

Fletcher went even closer soon after half-time when his cracking first-time effort came back off the underside of the bar and hit the back of keeper Casilla before deflecting to safety.

The Wednesday striker then failed to turn home Barry Bannan’s cross at the far post before Leeds hit back with two chances of their own. First, Morgan Fox cleared off the line from Jack Harrison and seconds later Ezgjan Alioski headed against the post.

However, Wednesday hit back when Casilla pushed way Kadeem Harris’ curling cross as it looked destined for the far corner of the net and then the keeper kept out Nuhiu’s point-blank header to the frustration of the majority of the 27.500 crowd.

Westwood, Palmer, Iorfa, Hutchinson, Fox, Reach, Pelupessy (Lee 84) Bannan, Harris, Nuhiu (Forestieri 86), Fletcher. Unused subs: Dawson, Odubajo, Thorniley, Winnall, Murphy.


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