Jacob Murphy and Atdhe Nuhiu struck late to give Sheffield Wednesday a 2-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, with Garry Monk continuing his impressive record against Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds were guilty of wasting good first-half chances, with Murphy and Nuhiu striking in the final 10 minutes to secure a 2-0 win for Monk at Elland Road, ending a three-game losing streak in the Championship.
Monk had the upper hand in his previous meetings with Bielsa, winning twice and drawing once, with the Argentine’s side’s struggling to breakdown a compact setup.
And, in the early stages at Elland Road, Leeds were testing another compact Monk side, with Luke Ayling, Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford all having efforts on Cameron Dawson’s goal.
Whilst Leeds’ chances were coming frequently, Wednesday weren’t without threat, with Adam Reach a menace down the left; Murphy met his cross on 16 minutes at the back post, but he made poor contact.
Moments later Leeds nearly broke the deadlock, and perhaps should’ve done, when Kalvin Phillips’ Beckham-esque free-kick was met by Harrison on the edge of the six-yard box. However, the Manchester City loanee’s effort fizzed the wrong side of Dawson’s post.
As the half grew, so did Leeds, with Bamford having a goal ruled out for offside after Mateusz Klich’s run was deemed too eager, and Harrison forced Dawson into a good low save.
At the other end, Julien Borner would smash into the South Stand, whilst Ben White and Liam Cooper did well to snuff out danger from Sam Winnall.
Despite that Wednesday rally and half-time approaching, Leeds continued to probe; Bamford got in-behind Borner to get another shot away at Dawson’s goal and Barry Douglas’ neat cutback was blazed into the Kop by Costa: good chances, but Bielsa’s side missing their composure in the final third.
That composure was absent again at the start of the second-half when Costa’s own cutback was wasted by Bamford, who laced the ball into the crowd.
And, that miss was almost punished moments later, with Winnall inches from connecting with Murphy’s low ball from the right.
Monk’s side had Leeds rattled from here, with Winnall wasting a glorious chance that fell his way after Barry Bannan’s corner caused chaos in the Leeds area.
Leeds would respond through efforts from Costa and Klich, but Bielsa was unsettled on the sidelines, turning to his bench for Ezgjan Alioski and the creative Pablo Hernandez.
Chances dried up for both sides as the game approached its final 10 minutes, with Monk bringing on the likes of Nuhiu and Joey Pelupessy, cancelling out any Leeds sting.
80 minutes ticked by when Harrison met Ayling’s cross, but his header was sent back to his teammate and way off-target.
Bamford would head over before Wednesday’s sucker-punch came on 87 minutes.
Kieran Lee turned the ball over in Leeds’ half before the advancing Murphy was fed into the area, leaving him enough space to fire beyond Casilla.
Leeds would push for something from the game, but that allowed Reach room on the left, with the winger pulling the ball back the way of Nuhiu, who dispatched a shot past Casilla.
Clinical from Wednesday on an afternoon when Leeds lacked composure, with Monk stretching his unbeaten run against Bielsa.
Full-time: Leeds United 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday.