The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

STEVE Evans says Leeds need three play­ers to be com­pet­i­tive. On this ev­i­dence, one de­cent striker would be enough.

The Whites were su­pe­rior on ev­ery score dur­ing a fran­tic first half, with Liam Brid­cutt run­ning the show and Stu­art Dal­las craft­ing a suc­ces­sion of goal­mouth scram­bles.

But when the chances came, the chances went, the hon­est en­deav­our of lone striker Souley­mane Doukara serv­ing only to ex­pose his lack of ruth­less­ness. Re­in­force­ments are es­sen­tial.

By con­trast Gary Hooper barely had a kick but still man­aged to snaf­fle two goals. That’s the class the Owls can call on. It’s also why they must be taken se­ri­ously. Un­beaten at home since Au­gust and fifth in the divi­sion with money to spend, Wed­nes­day will be hard to shift.

As for ref­eree An­thony Tay­lor, it was a day to for­get. Hav­ing failed to en­sure Forestieri’s de­par­ture, he had no choice but to ad­mit his er­ror and rule out the goal. Evans’ frus­tra­tion, though, was un­der­stand­able.

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