Yorkshire derby ends all square
Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United had to settle for a point as Friday evenings Yorkshire derby ended in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Hillsborough.
Both sides looked to get on the front foot in the first half and the Owls had a penalty appeal turned down inside 5 minutes when Jansson appeared to clumsily run in to Forestieri in the penalty area. The diminutive forward, returning from a 3-match ban, caused Leeds problems throughout the first half with his quick feet opening up space and drawing numerous fouls.
Top of the table Leeds also showed their credentials early on and young Owls defender Ash Baker almost diverted a cross into his own goal as the Owls looked increasingly unsure at the back. Following a spell of corners Douglas could have given the visitors the lead but could only find the post with a close range header.
At the other end Fletcher, Bannan and Hector had all put speculative efforts wide before Baker forced Peacock-Farrell into a diving save after Forestieri had set the right-wing back free.
With the first half drawing to a close Reach gave the home side the advantage in spectacular fashion. Fletcher headed down a throw-in into the path of Reach wide on the right and the midfielder struck an audacious volley that flew over the keeper, struck the inside of the far post and nestled in the opposite side of the goal.
Leeds' response to falling behind was swift, they dominated the start of the second half and were rewarded on 54 minutes with a fine goal of their own as Klich curled in a fine goal from outside the penalty area following a slick passing move. The visitors looked the more likely to take all 3 points from then on with Lees and Hector having to make last-gasp interventions to deny Saiz and Roberts respectively.
The Owls offered little threat in the 2nd half though Peacock-Farrell was forced to turn a Penney effort from distance round the post at full stretch. Owls defender Thorniley did well to clear a Roberts header off the line following a tentative punch from Dawson in the Owls goal and in the end the Owls will have been happy to come away with a point.
Next up for Wednesday is another home game against in-form West Brom on Wednesday evening.