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Elland Road (ATT 23,766) 17th August 2013 - Kick off 12:15 Ref: R East

Leeds Leeds United vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

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R McCormack (58)

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K Zayatte (37)

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Championship: Ross McCormack rescues point for Leeds in 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday

By Pete Hall - Follow me: @Pistolpeteh86.   Last Updated: 17/08/13 5:09pm

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Ross McCormack's brilliant individual effort rescued a point for Leeds in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road.

Kamil Zayatte had given the visitors the lead, looping a header over Paddy Kenny late in the first half.

But McCormack used his pace to create a chance out of nothing, rounding the defender and slotting the ball under Chris Kirkland to leave Leeds unbeaten so far, and give Wednesday their first point of the season.

In what was a feisty Yorkshire derby, the home side really struggled to break down the Owls, who offered a real threat from set-pieces.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the Match: Ross McCormack. In a game of relative low quality, his goal stood out.
  • Goal of the Match: Ross McCormack. Used his pace to devastating effect.
  • Save of the Match: Paddy Kenny. Got down really well late on to deny Antonio.
  • Talking Points: Is there something missing for Leeds? Do they offer enough going forward?

And it was from a corner that Zayatte put Dave Jones' side in front, steering his header over Kenny, after Michail Antonio had nodded the ball in his direction.

After the break the introduction of Michael Tonge seemed to give Leeds added impetus, and added more creativity in midfield.

Luke Murphy curled a shot over the crossbar before McCormack lit-up Elland Road with a sublime solo goal.

The Scot ran on to Luke Varney's pass, skipped round a wrong-footed Zayatte and slid the ball under Kirkland from just inside the area.

Both managers made changes in an attempt to try and sneak a winner, with Matt Smith coming on for the home side to add more of a threat in the air.

But it was Antonio who came closest to snatching the three points for the Owls, with his thumping low shot well saved by Kenny.

The Leeds goalkeeper kept out another drive from Antonio in the closing stages and at the other end McCormack's stoppage-time free-kick crashed into Wednesday's defensive wall to ensure it ended all-square.

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