Leeds United’s awkward start to the 2023/24 campaign continued this afternoon as the Peacocks dropped two points at home to Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.
Last Saturday, Daniel Farke’s men earned their first victory of the season, beating the in-form Ipswich Town in a seven-goal thriller at Portman Road, with Georginio Rutter bagging his first-ever goal for the club in the process.
However, in midweek, the Yorkshire club suffered a further stutter, losing on penalties to League Two outfit Salford City and being eliminated from the second round of the EFL Cup.
Adding insult to injury, Leeds United’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday today at Elland Road ended goalless as Farke’s side failed to convert any of their 16 attempts at goal, accumulating an xG of 1.23 in the meantime.
The draw also meant that the Owls picked up their first point of the season, lifting them from the bottom and into 23rd place.
Speaking after the game, Farke rued his team’s inability to find the net despite creating numerous excellent goalscoring opportunities and dominating the game.
The German coach said [quotes via The Irish News]:
“We dominated the game and in the end, it’s just a draw. The overriding feeling is definitely disappointing.
“We expected an opponent who would sit deep, wasting time a little bit and breaking our rhythm.
“My players created more than enough to win this game. Normally it’s more than enough to win two or three games.”
“If you don’t find the first goal it’s difficult. We found it difficult to find the back of the net. Today we lacked the quality to bring the ball over the line and sadly this is crucial.”
Leeds’ main issue this season has been keeping the ball out of their own net, having conceded seven goals in five games, so the problem was practically flipped on its head in the 0-0 tie with Sheffield Wednesday.
Nevertheless, there’s a strong possibility that this game was merely a blip as there is more than enough goalscoring prowess in this team with the likes of Wilfried Gnonto, Crysencio Summerville, Joel Piroe and Patrick Bamford when he returns to ensure that the goals don’t dry up.