Result: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 2 - Owls beaten despite Maguire penalty

Owls celebrate Chris Maguire's penalty goal. Photo: Steve Ellis
Owls celebrate Chris Maguire's penalty goal. Photo: Steve Ellis

Sheffield Wednesday slumped to their seventh home defeat of the campaign this afternoon, losing 2-1 to Yorkshire neighbours Leeds United.

The Owls had gone in front thanks to a 36th minute penalty by Chris Maguire, the Scot’s second spot-kick in as many outings.

Chris Maguire scores from the spot

Chris Maguire scores from the spot

But Leeds battled back and gained sweet revenge for a 6-0 hammering at Hillsborough last year through second-half strikes by Charlie Taylor and Steve Morison.

Owls’ home worries go on. They have won just twice in their backyard in 11 attempts in 2015.

The Owls, bidding to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches, recalled Keiren Westwood, Marnick Vermijl, Jose Semedo and Jacques Maghoma.

With Kamil Zayatte ruled out with a fractured cheekbone, Buxton moved to centre-back while Vermijl got the nod at right-back.

Leeds' Sol Bamba with Owls' Caolan Lavery

Leeds' Sol Bamba with Owls' Caolan Lavery

Semedo, who has missed Wednesday’s last nine matches due to a foot problem, returned in the middle of the park and Maghoma, out of contract in the summer, also came in.

Leeds, who had lost five on the spin, made one alteration, bringing in Gaetano Berardi for former Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp.

There was an impeccably observed minute’s silence before kick-off to remember the victims of the the Bradford City fire.

Leeds almost got off to the perfect start inside the opening 60 seconds when Alex Mowatt, their highly-rated midfielder, latched on to Sam Byram’s pass after a mistake by Whites old boy Tom Lees but Keiren Westwood, voted the Owls’ player of the season yesterday, saved his left foot drive with his legs.

Maghoma, deployed just behind lone striker Caolan Lavery in a 4-2-3-1 formation, saw his low centre cut out by Sol Bamba as the Owls responded. With 13 minutes on the clock, Maghoma released Lavery, who cut inside on to his right foot before curling a shot over the top.

Moments later, Jeremy Helan was yellow carded after bringing down Sam Byram just outside Wednesday’s penalty area. Mowatt failed to test Westwood from the resulting free-kick as the visitors continued to pose a threat in the final third.

Wednesday opened the scoring in the 36th minute from the penalty spot after Luke Murphy was adjudged to bring down Lloyd Isgrove. The decision angered Leeds’ players, with Bamba booked for protesting too much and the defender needed to be restrained by his teammates. Maguire kept his composure to send to Stuart Taylor the wrong way.

Things could have got even better for the hosts two minutes before the interval but Lees’ header, following a fine delivery by Maguire, was tipped over by Stuart Taylor.

After the re-start, Maguire’s fierce free-kick was comfortably gathered by Stuart Taylor before Rudy Austin scuffed a glorious opportunity wide from 18 yards.

But Leeds levelled things up in the 57th minute courtesy of Charlie Taylor, who pounced from close range after Steve Morison helped on Murphy’s free-kick which struck the wall.

Lavery lashed a shot on the turn over before Gray made a double substitution, throwing on strikers Will Keane and Stevie May and taking off Isgrove and Maghoma.

Scotland international May nearly made an instant impact but he nodded Maguire’s corner narrowly off target.

They were made to pay for that profligacy when Leeds took the lead in the 72nd minute. Morison latched on to Byram’s clever through ball. His initial effort was blocked by Westwood but the forward made no mistake with the follow-up.

Wednesday were second best in all departments after the interval and it took a good piece of defending by Marnick Vermijl to stop Taylor from making the final scoreline more emphatic.

Austin also lashed over from distance as Leeds kept pressing for a third.

Gray threw on Sergiu Bus to try and inject a spark but it proved to be a disappointing final home game for the Owls.

Wednesday: Westwood; Vermijl, Lees, Buxton, Helan; Isgrove, Lee, Semedo, Maghoma; Maguire, Lavery. Subs: May, Nuhiu, De Haviland, Bus, Melo Silva, Kirkland, Keane.

Leeds: S Taylor, Wootton, Bamba, Cooper, Berardi, Byram, Murphy, Austin, Mowatt, C Taylor, Morison. Substitutes: Cairns, White, Phillips, Ngoyi, Sloth, Sharp, Montenegro.

Referee: Robert Madeley.