Leeds and Sheffield Wed­nes­day drew 1-1 in yesterday’s early kick-off

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Ricky Charlesworth

MARCO Ma­tias’ won­der goal might have stolen the lime­light but Uwe Rosler in­sists his Leeds side de­serve their share of the spoils af­ter fight­ing back to earn a point at El­land Road.

Al­most 20 years to the day since Tony Ye­boah graced El­land Road with a world class goal against Liver­pool, Wed­nes­day’s Ma­tias scored a stun­ning strike of his own in what was ul­ti­mately a for­get­table York­shire derby.

Chris Wood hit back in the sec­ond half to en­sure spoils were shared and de­spite four suc­ces­sive league draws, Rosler was happy with his side’s ef­fort.

“I am de­lighted by my play­ers,” said Rosler. “It’s the third week of the sea­son, we’ve al­ready had to play four games in nine days, three of them away from home.

“Here we have come back from 10 down against a team that didn’t at­tack us in any real form or shape.

“They didn’t have one chance in the game. Their goal came as a won­der goal and I think we have to ap­pluad their player.

“It was a fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual ef­fort. But, apart from that, I can’t re­mem­ber one ef­fort from them.

“I can’t blame my de­fend­ers be­cause it was a won­der goal. For us to come back and push and push, I’m very happy.”

The match started in a fiery at­mos­phere, as ex­pected of a white­hot White Rose clash, and the con­test was less than a minute old when the first of six book­ings was dished out – Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips pe­nalised for a drag back on Kieran Lee.

Car­los Car­val­hal’s men then put to­gether an im­pres­sive pass­ing se­quence that ended with Ma­tias shoot­ing straight at ‘keeper Marco Sil­vestri.

Stu­art Dal­las then blazed over for Leeds be­fore Sam Hutchin­son failed to put the ic­ing on the cake af­ter another fine pas­sage of buildup play from Wed­nes­day.

Mirco An­tenucci then went close with a pot-shot be­fore the opener ar­rived eight min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val, cour­tesy of Ma­tias’ rocket.

He picked up a long punt for­ward, flicked the ball over Liam Cooper’s head with his right foot and then volleyed be­yond Sil­vestri and in off the bar with his left.

Leeds came out rein­vig­o­rated for the sec­ond half and skip­per Sol Bamba planted a header straight at Lewis Price within the first minute.

Phillips then blasted a free-kick wide of goal be­fore Rosler made a dou­ble switch, bring­ing on Alex Mowatt and Luke Mur­phy just be­fore the hour mark.

And it was Mowatt who quickly made a dif­fer­ence within min­utes of his in­tro­duc­tion when he sprayed the ball to Dal­las on the flank, who danced into the box and man­aged to pick out Wood for an easy tap-in.

Wed­nes­day con­tin­ued to press for­ward and the en­er­getic Liam Palmer saw a header fall into the arms of Sil­vestri.

Wood then could have hit the win­ner af­ter get­ting onto the end of Tay­lor’s sweet left-footed cross but di­rected a header wide of goal.

And Owls’ boss Car­val­hal be­lieves man of the mo­ment Ma­tias will only get bet­ter for Wed­nes­day.

“Marco is a player that has done very well for us,” said Car­val­hal. “The last few matches he has not been so good.

“But when you have some­one who is such a big in­flu­ence and has to play three games in un­der a week, then here af­ter 50 or 60 min­utes he was com­pletely dead so we brought him off. At the mo­ment he is do­ing very well but we be­lieve he will be even bet­ter.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

WHAT’S MY NAME: Marco Ma­tias of Sheffield Wed­nes­day, right, cel­e­brates scor­ing the open­ing goal

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