Wednesday off the bottom (just!) after first point of season

Wednesday took our first point of the season in a hard-fought goalless draw at Elland Road this afternoon.

The performance also takes us off the bottom of the table, above Middlesbrough on goal difference, as we go into the international break.

It was a more committed display from the Owls, particularly in the second half when we also caused Leeds problems of our own, and we arguably deserved our share of the spoils.

Not surprisingly, Leeds looked the more dangerous side in the first half with the pace and trickery of their attacks asking plenty of questions of our defence.

A poor goal kick from Devas Vasquez brought about a chance for Joel Piroe but he shot wide and the Wednesday keeper redeemed himself with a strong block eight minutes before the break when his outstretched arm stopped a goalbound angled effort from Georginio Rutter.

Leeds continued to press at the start of the second half and went close when Jamie Shackleton cut inside before sending a curling effort from the edge of the box just over the bar.

Illan Meslier saved at the other end from Michael Smith before Vasquez came to the rescue again, saving from Crysencio Summerville after Barry Bannan gave the ball away in midfield and then the unmarked Luke Ayling headed wide at the far post.

However, we began to create chances of our own as the game wore on, George Byers sending Windass into the box but Meslier blocked the effort when the striker might have clipped it over the advancing keeper.

Another opportunity came on 70 minutes, Windass crossing from the left and Callum Paterson shooting into the ground and over the bar from 10 yards.

We could have paid for that miss five minutes later when Rutter beat the offside trap and tried to lob Vasquez in a one-on-one but his miscued shot went straight into the keeper’s arms.

With Wednesday continuing to threaten at times, Windass broke clear again but he lacked conviction as he moved forward to shoot and his effort was blocked by two defenders.

As expected, Leeds upped their attacking threat again in the closing minutes but we held firm to ensure we got off the zero points mark for the season and can hopefully build on this result when we return to league action at home to second-placed Ipswich on September 16.

Vasquez, Paterson (Valentin 90), Bernard, B Diaby, Famewo, Byers, Bannan, Delgado, Windass, Gregory (Iorfa 67), Smith (Fletcher 70). Unused subs: Dawson, Ihiekwe, Palmer, Bakinson, Vaulks, Musaba.





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