Eagles wins Yorkshire derby
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A free-kick from Chris Eagles gave Wednesday the points against Leeds.Chris Eagles scored with a free-kick to earn Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 win over Leeds - their first win since winning promotion to the Championship.
This first meeting between the two Yorkshire rivals in five years was delayed for 15 minutes due to crowd congestion, but the home fans did not have to wait too long to celebrate an opening goal.
Shaun Derry conceded a free-kick near the left touchline in the eighth minute and Eagles, on loan from Manchester United until January, curled the ball across the penalty area and inside the far post.
Wednesday skipper Glen Whelan should have doubled the home side's lead five minutes later when he was picked out by Eagles, but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Moments later David Graham broke clear of the Leeds defence only to pass to the offside Eagles rather than going alone, as the shot-shy Owls showed why they had only scored twice in six previous league games this season.
Neil Sullivan reacted bravely to block a close-range shot from Graham as Wednesday continued to dominate and Graham, picked out in space by Chris Brunt, then missed another great chance when he dragged his shot wide.
The former Wigan man was then denied by a superb Sullivan save after he had met another Eagles cross with a powerful header, before Leeds finally began to threaten.
Robbie Blake fired a shot only inches wide and Paul Butler headed just over as Kevin Blackwell's side pressed for an equaliser, but it was Wednesday who came closest to adding a second goal when Brunt rattled the crossbar from distance.