Garry Monk thinks Sheffield Wednesday forced Leeds United to play 'long balls'

Garry Monk manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic at Hillsborough Stadium on October 05, 2019 in...

Only one point and one place separates Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday following their stalemate on Saturday.

Sheffield Wedensday manager Garry Monk during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on Saturday 28th...

Garry Monk has claimed that Sheffield Wednesday's 'pressure' forced Leeds United to play 'long balls' during their goalless draw at Hillsborough on Saturday.

It was a lively game during the goalless derby, with the Championship promotion hopefuls walking away with a point each, and Leeds remaining above Wednesday in the table by one point and one place. 

Both sides had chances to score during the game, but in the end, the draw was perhaps the fair result, with the point keeping Leeds in third and their rivals in fourth. 

 

After the game, Monk thinks from a tactical perspective, his side forced Leeds to play a certain way because of 'the pressure' they were able to put on them. 

“It was a great advert for the Championship, with two good teams, and I was proud of that performance," Monk told Wednesday's official website.

"Leeds are a good side and we forced them into playing long balls out of defence in the second half because of the pressure we put them under. I don’t really know how we haven’t scored a goal today but Leeds had chances as well."

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on October 26, 2019 in...

In the end, both Monk and Marcelo Bielsa would have been happy to walk away with a point because both teams would have known that before the match a defeat would have been really damaging. 

In the game itself, Bielsa once again started with Patrick Bamford up front, but he was substituted at half-time for Eddie Nketiah, who annoyed the home fans because they felt he should have been sent off for an elbow on Pelupessy. 

Nonetheless, Leeds will now turn their attention to their home clash against Queens Park Rangers next Saturday before hosting Tony Mowbray's Blackburn in what will be the final match before the international break. 

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on October 26, 2019 in...

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