Championship results: Leeds United go top with late win over Barnsley, Huddersfield lose to Sheffield Wednesday in battle of new managers

15 Sep

Eddie Nketiah was the super sub for Leeds United as his late header and Mateusz Klich’s penalty sealed a dramatic win over Barnsley to lift them to the top of the Championship.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side looked to be heading for a goalless draw, with striker Patrick Bamford kicking himself after missing a number of gilt-edged chances.

Mateusz Klich celebrates scoring the second Leeds goal against Barnsley from the penalty spot at Oakwell Stadium
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But the luckless number nine was replaced by Arsenal loanee Nketiah on 69 minutes and the substitute changed the game for the visitors.

The 20-year-old finally put Leeds in front with an instinctive finish from a set piece on 83 minutes, and then won a penalty for his side after he was felled in the area.

There was a three-player battle to take the spot kick, with Nketiah, Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich all vying to take it. But captain Liam Cooper ran the length of the pitch to have his say and place the ball in the hands of designated taker Klich, who slotted in nonchalantly to wrap up the late three points.

It was a game wrought with frustration for the Whites, who didn’t dominate the game as they usually do. Barnsley worked hard to keep them at bay and produced good chances of their own, but their players were obviously tiring at the end.

It appeared Leeds would be left to rue their missed chances, with Bamford and Hernandez both going close before Nketiah came off the bench to settle the tie.

The win sees Leeds climb to the top of the Championship table, leapfrogging Swansea City on goal difference with 16 points.

Barnsley remain a place above relegation, again on goal difference, having yet to win a game this season.

It was another frustrating afternoon for Patrick Bamford, who could not add to his tally of four Leeds goals this season
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In the afternoon’s other clash, Huddersfield Town were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday in the battle of the new Yorkshire managers.

Danny Cowley with his brother and assistant Nicky could not guide the Terriers to their first win of the season as they lost 2-0 at home, as Garry Monk enjoyed a winning start in charge of the Owls.

Huddersfield have endured a miserable start to the season following their relegation from the Premier League, with Jan Siewert sacked on August 16 after claiming just one win in seven months as manager.

Garry Monk enjoyed a winning start to his career as Sheffield Wednesday manager
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And, although there were positives for new boss Cowley, that run continued as Steven Fletcher’s tenth-minute header and Sam Winnall’s first goal since December 2017 wrapped up the win for Wednesday.

Huddersfield remain second from bottom of the Championship with just one point from their first seven matches of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday moved back up into the top ten with their win at the John Smith’s Stadium taking them to 12 points, four points off the top of the table.


Barnsley 0-2 Leeds United

Huddersfield Town 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Danny Cowley leaves Lincoln to become new Huddersfield boss

9 Sep

Huddersfield have appointed Danny Cowley as their new manager.

The Terriers had been seeking a replacement for Jan Siewert, who was sacked last month after winning just one of his 19 games in charge.

Danny Cowley was a huge success at Lincoln

Cowley led Lincoln from the National League to League One during his three-year spell at the club.

His brother Nicky has followed him to Yorkshire as his no.2, though the club have not published details of their contracts.

Cowley had previously distanced himself from the Huddersfield vacancy, insisting it would take a ‘perfect opportunity’ to leave Lincoln.


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Speaking about the appointment, Huddersfield chairman Phil Hodgkinson said:

“I am delighted to be able to welcome Danny and Nicky Cowley to Huddersfield Town today.

“From the outset, David Webb and I knew how important this next appointment is for the Club. We undertook a very detailed and thorough process to identify the right person to lead the First Team forward, first outlining the qualities we were looking for in the right candidate and then establishing which managers matched them.

“Our research, due diligence and work resulted in a shortlist of four candidates, and Danny Cowley was number one. His track record is there for all to see – he has led his previous teams to five promotions and several cup successes – and our character references revealed a man who is one of the most detailed managers around; meticulous in his preparation, and highly regarded by his peers.

“Having approached Lincoln City and gained permission to speak to the Cowleys, they initially decided they wanted to continue the superb job they had done at that club and turned down the opportunity to discuss our job. At that stage we could have easily pursued one of the other options we had identified – all of which are fine managers – but David and I felt it was important to try and persuade them to talk to us. We firmly believed that they were the best men to take us forward, and we didn’t want to give up on them.

“Our persistence paid off and when we spoke, there was an obvious chemistry. They believe in the way we operate as a Club and it affirmed that they would be a superb fit for us. As such, I’m delighted that they are joining us.”

Huddersfield’s appointment of a new manager took just over two weeks, with first-team coach Mark Hudson taking temporary charge.

The Terriers tried to poach Lee Bowyer from Charlton, but the former Leeds star stayed loyal to the Addicks. 

The Cowley brothers leave Lincoln in fifth place in League One after winning four of their opening seven matches.

And they have their work cut out at the John Smith’s Stadium with Huddersfield winless this season and only off the foot of the Championship table on goal difference.