Leeds United defender Ben White has reflected on the weekend’s poor result against Sheffield Wednesday, commenting particularly on Atdhe Nuhiu’s impact.
The Whites are currently struggling to keep up their great early season momentum as they fell to another disappointing result against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, cutting the gap to third place down to just six points.
The game was a cagey affair throughout with both sides not really hitting the heights that they were capable of, and Leeds will certainly feel like they could have and should have taken the lead before the Owls broke the deadlock late on through Jacob Murphy.
The result was put beyond all doubt late on when Atdhe Nuhiu was picked out in the box by Adam Reach before firing a first-time effort into the near post beyond Kiko Casilla.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Ben White was in a bullish mood when reflecting on the result, claiming the hosts deserved more from the game. He stated: “Yes, especially in the first half. I think we should have scored a couple of goals and then the game goes differently.
“But we didn’t and they did in the second half.
“I think we played well in the first half. I think we deserved to get something from the game on our first-half display.
“Obviously we did well against Arsenal and we have played like that before against a Championship side but it’s not as big because it’s not against a big side. We will just keep going.”
White is right in thinking that Leeds dominated the game in terms of possession, as they so regularly do, but the chances they squander continue to hamper their chances of breaking clear of the chasing pack in the league.
White also singled out goal-scorer Atdhe Nuhiu in his post-match comments, with a particularly critical view of the striker and his tactical impact on Sheffield Wednesday’s setup. He added: “He’s a big lump, isn’t he?
“It’s difficult to play against but it’s part of what they were going to do.
“They were obviously going to bring him on if they were nil nil and we should have been ready for that.”
The Whites defence struggled to cope with Nuhiu’s physicality from the moment he was introduced and his impact on the game ended up being a match-winning one, setting up Murphy’s opener before dispatching his own.
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White is speaking honestly here and his comments on his side’s performance are spot on that they should have scored at least one in the first half.
However, it might be a tad harsh to completely disregard the visitors’ good performance purely on your own team’s shortcomings. Wednesday arrived with a game plan and executed it perfectly, with Nuhiu’s impact telling in the two goals they scored.