Leeds United drew 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday despite heaping tons of pressure onto the hosts as Leeds followed up their only league loss of the season with a draw away from home.
Leeds created a vast majority of the chances in the match, but could only put one behind the keeper, while a one-in-a-million goal from Wednesday’s Adam Reach meant that the points would be shared by both sides of this Yorkshire Derby.
OFF THE POST: Douglas with an unmarked header, across Dawson and off the inside of the far post. Had to score. Phillips can't bury the rebound amid disarray in Wednesday's box. Big let off. 0-0 on 27 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 28, 2018
Leeds went close just before the half-hour mark. After a poor clearance from Wednesday that was only a few inches away from an own-goal as it dribbled by the post, the resulting corner kick saw Leeds get an unmarked header from Barry Douglas that bounced off the post. The ball bounced around in the six-yard box for a few moments before Kalvin Phillips’ shot was cleared. A sequence that you would almost always expect to see a goal scored from.
CHANCE: Forestieri finds the run of Baker out wide on the right, his shot is tipped wide by Peacock-Farrell. Good save. 0-0 on 37 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 28, 2018
Peacock-Farrell had to come out to clear out a chance for Wednesday, and after another couple good spells for Leeds, Peacock-Farrell again had to come to the rescue, this time with a good save from a powerful shot from Sheffield Wednesday’s Baker.
Ludicrous goal. Reach is 30 yards out and to the right of goal, leathers a volley which loops a mile over Peacock-Farrell smacks the inside of the post before bouncing into the net. Goal of the season contender. 1-0 on 45 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 28, 2018
Right before half-time, Leeds were very unlucky. Wednesday’s Reach got a once-in-a-lifetime goal from a shot that was over 30 yards out and hit both posts on its way into the back of the net. Was totally and completely lucky, and a shot that Reach would likely never be able to replicate if he had to do it a hundred times to try it again.
Leeds went into half-time somehow down 1-0, despite having the better chances on net and the better spells of possession.
#Getinnnnnnnn— John (@John_MooreMOT) September 28, 2018
It's @Cli5hy with a brilliant stunning curling strike and an equalising goal for Leeds
Windies 1 Leeds 1 pic.twitter.com/RZFm0ARMyQ
Mateusz Klich drew Leeds level with a great goal in the 55th minute as Leeds roared back to life in the second half. Klich got the ball outside the box and put a great shot into the top corner that left Dawson no chance.
CHANCE: Big one for Alioski who takes down a high ball inside the box. Delays his strike and Wednesday players dive into send his effort behind. Alioski then drives another shot at Dawson. 1-1 on 79 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 28, 2018
Leeds did everything but score in the remaining time, going very close at least a half-dozen times with great chances that seemed to come extremely close to scoring. Alioski had a few chances that seemed to be easier to score than to miss, and Tyler Roberts went close a few times as well.
Leeds will frustrated to not grab all three points while Wednesday will feel pretty lucky to get a point out of this match. The underlying numbers will likely indicate that Leeds were by far the better team and should probably have gotten all three points. A draw is a tough pill to swallow, but with the team’s top two strikers out, it was always going to be difficult to score goals in this stretch of games.