Leeds United have carved their way back into the spotlight of automatic promotion as they triumphed over their Yorkshire rivals, Sheffield Wednesday, in a 2-0 victory.

The impressive dynamic duo, Patrick Bamford and Willy Gnonto, each had their moment in the spotlight as they fuelled Leeds’ victory. Bamford showed his prowess just before the first half concluded, while Gnonto solidified the win, scoring after the break. With this, Leeds have managed to sail undefeated a further 12 matches into the 2024 Championship League.

As a result, Leeds, under the shrewd leadership of Daniel Farke, have managed to leapfrog Ipswich and remain hot on the heels of Championship leaders Leicester by just two points. With their promotion rivals, including the formidable Southampton, set to play on Saturday, only time will tell how the scales will tip.

On the other side of the match’s drama, Sheffield Wednesday missed a golden opportunity to claw their way out of the relegation abyss, remaining stuck in the bottom three since August. Leeds ended their winning streak despite having defeated them in five of their previous six games prior to this match.

Anxiety was sure to have gripped Wednesday’s die-hard supporters as they faced their nearby rivals Leeds, especially on the back of a critical win against Plymouth. Unable to capitalise on the gained momentum, Sheffield Wednesday found themselves subdued by Leeds’ controlled early possession.

Leeds dominated the field, dictating the pace of the game from the off, while their attacks got more potent with each passing minute. However, it was Wednesday who had the first real scoring opportunity, a warning sign from Anthony Musaba, which Leeds’ goalkeeper expertly parried away with a brilliant leg save.

Not one to be outdone, Leeds responded swiftly via Georginio Rutter, whose precisely calculated lob was halted by an advancing James Beadle. Leeds’ continued efforts finally paid off in the dying embers of added time in the first half, with Bamford sliding home Firpo’s perfectly delivered cross for his seventh league goal this season.

Sheffield Wednesday’s defence was further tested in the 58th minute. Bamford’s nonchalant flick set Rutter free who supplied Gnonto, and the Leeds’ forward made no mistake, sending the ball sailing past Beadle into the bottom left corner.

Despite the constant onslaught, Wednesday fought back valiantly in the second half courtesy of Marvin Johnson’s 20-yard attempt, and managed a serious threat courtesy of substitute Michael Smith’s effort, only for Leeds’ skipper Ethan Ampadu to clear off the line. In the end, however, despite their tenacity, Wednesday fell short.

A win at Hillsborough is especially poignant for the Leeds contingent, having last tasted victory here back in 2016. This 2-0 triumph, a blend of technical detail and sheer footballing excitement, has kept Leeds United’s hopes of a top-flight return alive and kicking.


I'm Barrie Jarrett, born in Leeds, lived over a decade in South Africa, CEO And Co Founder of Planet Sport Limited and Planet Bet Limited.

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