Tom Lees doesn't need to be Sol Bamba in win over Middlesbrough

Sheffield Wednesday did not require the incredible efforts Leeds did in order to beat Middlesbrough.

Leeds United pulled off one of the results of the season when they beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside just over a week ago.

A strong defensive effort saw them hold out for an impressive win after Alex Mowatt scored early, with the result a blow to the automatic promotion hopes of Aitor Karanka's side.

At the weekend the stage was set for a similar type of contest. Sheffield Wednesday, who had been up until a fortnight ago, the lowest scorers in the Championship, aiming to potentially pull off another smash and grab win against Middlesbrough.

They were able to come away with a victory, but were not tested in a similar way Leeds were by Middlesbrough, who disappointed in the 2-0 loss at Hillsborough.

This was highlighted by the in-game actions of two centre-backs. New Leeds signing Sol Bamba, and Tom Lees, who they let go on a free transfer to Wednesday last summer. 

  TeamWon TacklesInterceptions WonAerial Duels WonShots BlockedEffective ClearancesMins Played
Sol Bamba Leeds 3 3 5 3 14 90
Tom Lees Sheff Wed 0 4 1 0 1 90

Bamba was pressed into making a high 14 clearances by Middlesbrough, while Tom Lees was required to make just one in the process of Sheffield Wednesday keeping a clean sheet.

Middlesbrough had a 1-0 win over Bolton between the two games, but have now won just one in four games, which is not top-two finishing form. Their poor display against Wednesday, in which they enjoyed just 46 per cent possession, illustrated just how they have gone off the boil.

They have a winnable fixture against relegation mired Millwall this week, but after that it gets a little tougher for them. Boro face Nottingham Forest, before consecutive clashes against Ipswich, Derby and Bournemouth, all rivals for promotion places.

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