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Leeds United 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

By Mike KeeganBBC Sport
Leeds United
Leeds head coach Darko Milanic was looking for his first victory since taking charge at Elland Road
  • Bellusci rescues point for Leeds in feisty Yorkshire derby
  • Maguire had given the Owls the lead with a superb strike
  • Milanic still looking for first victory as Leeds boss

A neat finish from Giuseppe Bellusci rescued a point for Leeds United in their derby with Sheffield Wednesday, but new boss Darko Milanic is still searching for his first win.

Chris Maguire gave the visitors the lead when he thrashed Jacques Maghoma's cross into Marco Silvestri's bottom corner shortly after half-time.

But Bellusci calmly side-footed home to grab a deserved equaliser.

Milanic has now lost one and drawn two matches since taking over in September.

Chris Maguire
Maguire was booked and later substituted

Leeds registered only one shot on target in Wednesday night's goalless draw with Reading and were going up against the league's stiffest defence.

In a tight first half, Alex Mowatt was denied by Owls keeper Keiren Westwood before Souleymane Doukara clipped a low effort wide.

Rodolph Austin's ferocious dipping drive from 35 yards had Westwood at full stretch but there was little else of real note until, with half-time looming, an unchallenged Stevie May headed wide from six yards out.

Maguire broke the deadlock on 52 minutes when he struck from outside the box before celebrating enthusiastically in front of the home support.

The goal stirred Leeds into life and moments later the luckless Antenucci was thwarted by another fine save from man-of-the-match Westwood.

Guiseppi Bellusci
Bellusci signed for Leeds from Catania in the summer

Referee James Adcock handed out five yellow cards in six minutes as the home side searched for an equaliser.

It came with 10 minutes to play when Bellusci calmly steered a half-volley into Westwood's bottom corner after Wednesday failed to clear a free-kick.

In a tense finish, Gary Madine came closest to winning it for the visitors only for Silvestri to gather his low effort.

The point temporarily lifts Leeds to 11th in the Championship, while Wednesday remain ninth ahead of a two-week break.

Leeds head coach Darko Milanic: "We had a good game with a lot of energy with a lot of good play in the last third, which is what we missed in the last game.

"After we made it 1-1 I believed that we could win the game.

"There's enough quality. But my job is to improve them. We're working very hard to make a good team."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray: "That wasn't us. We didn't pass it as well as we have passed it and our ball retention wasn't good.

"At the end of the day you're not always going to get it your own way. You need to dig in and we had Kieren Westwood pulling off some fantastic saves.

"But then I thought after we got in front we would go on and win the game."

You can listen to online BBC Radio 5 live highlights of the game.

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Silvestri
  • 2ByramBooked at 71mins
  • 5BellusciBooked at 67mins
  • 6Pearce
  • 12BerardiBooked at 66mins
  • 14Bianchi
  • 4Austin
  • 27Mowatt
  • 33SlothSubstituted forMurphyat 45'minutes
  • 29DoukaraSubstituted forSharpat 68'minutes
  • 34AntenucciSubstituted forMorisonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Warnock
  • 7Murphy
  • 8Sharp
  • 9Oliveira Tavares
  • 13Taylor
  • 19Morison
  • 32Cooper

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 5Loovens
  • 3Mattock
  • 10MaguireBooked at 66minsSubstituted forHelanat 70'minutes
  • 6SemedoBooked at 78minsSubstituted forCokeat 83'minutes
  • 20LeeBooked at 72mins
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9NuhiuBooked at 41minsSubstituted forMadineat 45'minutes
  • 7May

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 11Drenthe
  • 14Coke
  • 17Helan
  • 24Madine
  • 35Dielna
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
24,094

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Giuseppe Bellusci.

  4. Post update

    Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

  8. Post update

    Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Post update

    Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Billy Sharp (Leeds United).

  14. Post update

    Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke replaces Josè Semedo.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

  20. Post update

    Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.