Saturday’s early kick-off saw a Yorkshire derby in the Championship, as Leeds hosted Sheffield Wednesday. With both sides occupying playoff positions, the game looked to be pivotal in the race for a top-six finish.
Going into the match, both teams stood on 58 points, with only a single goal separating their league positions. In addition, they had a six-point cushion between themselves and 7th place, meaning that avoiding defeat may have been the top priority. Here are three key moments from the game, which ended 1-0 in the hme side’s favour…
Chris Wood goal – 24 minutes
Considering their comparable performance levels this season, and the heightened pressure surrounding a potentially decisive derby, it was no surprise that the game began slowly.
In fact, the only registered shot on target from either side came in the 24th minute. After receiving possession on the left, Gaetano Berardi crossed towards Chris Wood who was able to score simply; following a disastrous missed header from Wednesday centre-back Vincent Sasso.
Wood, who has scored over 40 percent of Leeds’ league goals, was played marginally onside by right-back Jack Hunt. The forward’s 23rd of the season meaning he has scored in 21 different games, the most of any player throughout England’s top four divisions.
Crucially, the goal provided Leeds with a half-time lead. Their opponents would certainly have to improve to earn a result.