REPORT: Wednesday share spoils with Matias wonder-strike

REPORT: Wednesday share spoils with Matias wonder-strike

Wednesday made the short trip to Elland Road this lunch-time for the first Yorkshire derby of the season.

Carlos Carvalhal made six changes to the side that stumbled to a draw against Reading, with Palmer, Sasso, Semedo, Lee, Sougou and Nuhiu coming in to a more compact and less expansive looking Wednesday eleven.

Wednesday started brightly with a much better intensity that was evidenced at Hillsborough in midweek. Sam Hutchinson, Liam Palmer and Kieran Lee were very quick to pressurise the Leeds midfield, although ball retention up front was hard to come by.

After a flowing Wednesday move, Marco Matias elected to shoot low; his rather tame effort was comfortably saved by Silvestre. Leeds began to gain a foothold in the game, as Stuart Dallas fired over before a superb sliding challenge by Rhoys Wiggins denied Chris Wood.

As half-time approached, Wednesday took the lead. Nuhiu held the ball, dropped into midfield and passed to Palmer. As he does, Marco Matias makes an arcing run and latches on to the subsequent Palmer ball.

With supreme control, he lifted the ball over Cooper’s head using his right foot, and lashed it in off the cross-bar with his left, all from 20 yards out.

Matias with the goal of the season contender (Image: @swfc)

Matias with the goal of the season contender (Image: @swfc)

What a way to score your first in blue and white.

HT – Leeds 0-1 Wednesday

Both Wednesday and Leeds remained unchanged for the second period. Leeds looked to apply early pressure and forced an early corner, from which Sol Bamba’s header fell straight to Lewis Price.

The pressure continued to build and the equaliser came on the hour, Wiggins was left embarrassed on the Wednesday left as he was nutmegged by Dallas, who then crossed for Wood to convert from close-range.

After Wood and Palmer spurned chances for either side, Hutchinson received his customary caution for a deliberate handball on the edge of the Wednesday box.

Hunt, Hélan and López were the Wednesday substitutes as Carvalhal moved his troops deeper, but despite Leeds’ possession and pressure they could not force a second goal, resulting in the third consecutive 1-1 Elland Road draw shared between the sides.

FT – Leeds 1-1 Wednesday

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