Leeds fail to beat Sheffield Wednesday
The Whites can now concentrate on playing football after a busy transfer window closed; following a dismal start to the season, they had wanted to make it back-to-back victories.
At Elland Road, the tenacious Owls team proved to be too strong for Leeds to overcome, despite the fact that they had chances to win. Georginio Rutter was probably the biggest offender in front of goal.
Josh Windass and Callum Paterson could have given Wednesday the lead, but ultimately it was the hosts who controlled much of the action without having the necessary cutting edge. Wednesday will feel like they had opportunities to steal the victory as well.
The result makes it three games without a win at home for Leeds since their return to the Championship, as they struggle to put teams away on their own patch.
And, speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post after the game, Farke discussed how his side struggled.
“It feels in the first home games of the season it’s always the same story, speaking about how we dominated, creating more than enough, leading each statistic.
“The overriding feeling is that we are disappointed. We expected today to play against a really deep-sitting opponent that defends and gives everything to block each shot, experienced in game management, time-wasting. We spoke about needing the first goal.
“My players created more than enough to win the game. Georginio Rutter one on one, Joel Piroe in a perfect shooting position, Cree Summerville one-on-one, Rutter again one-on-one, Luke Ayling free header six yards out. I could go on. Normally it’s more than enough to win this game or two games but if you don’t find the first goal it’s difficult.”
Were there positives for Leeds United to take?
Without a doubt, the draw was discouraging, and Wednesday’s formation was typical of how most teams will play at Elland Road: they got players behind the ball, were well-organized, and tried to break. Leeds was tasked with opening them up, but they failed to do so.
However, as Farke points out, they did create opportunities and really ought to have scored the opening goal, which changes the nature of the game moving forward.
The German will be demanding an improvement as they concentrate on the games without any further interruptions now that he has a settled group to work with for the upcoming few months.
What next for Leeds United?
The international break has arrived at the perfect time for the Whites since it will give the new players time to work with Farke over the course of the next two weeks as he tries to communicate his views.
For Leeds, it feels like the season is just getting underway. They will be conscious that they must immediately climb the table in order to avoid falling further behind the top two teams.
In two weeks, they will go to Millwall, a venue they have struggled at recently. This will be a tough test for Farke’s revamped team.