It has taken them five attempts, but Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship campaign is finally up and running as a hard-earned point left Yorkshire rivals Leeds United frustrated.
The Owls were promoted from League One in May but not much has gone right since.
Darren Moore left in acrimonious circumstances and successor Xisco Munoz had seen his team arrive at Elland Road as the only club in the EFL yet to pick up a point this season.
In the end, though, Wednesday were decent value in the end for a result which saw them stop the rot and ease the mounting pressure on Munoz.
‘We’ve got a point, we’ve got a point,’ sang the traveling supporters after a first clean sheet under Munoz which lifted the Owls off the foot of the table and above Middlesbrough on points difference.
Sheffield Wednesday picked up their first point of the season under manager Xisco Munoz
The Owls were promoted from League One in May but not much has gone right since
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Spaniard Munoz said: ‘The most important thing for me was the level of performance from the players.
‘We had talked about clean sheets and I think every day the team is getting better.
‘Now we have a break for two weeks – we need to improve a lot of things but this is one point in a stadium which is very difficult to play.
‘I’m very happy for the players because they gave two hundred percent.’
Daniel Farke’s Leeds were largely dominant but could not make it pay and the visitors grew in confidence as the match wore on, with both goalkeepers making fine saves.
Club-record signing Georginio Rutter, 21, had scored his first goal in last week’s thrilling 4-3 win at Ipswich but he misfired against the Owls, with Devis Vasquez denying him with a superb first-half stop.
Farke said: ‘I think performance-wise, he proved at Ipswich that he’s in really good shape.
‘I was a striker as well and sometimes you find it difficult to use your chances. You can’t really explain.
Leeds United were left frustrated by local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road
Daniel Farke’s side have won just one of their opening five games of the Championship season
‘It feels like Georginio is in this moment. The key is not to overthink.’
This Yorkshire derby capped an eventful week for Leeds which saw them win 4-3 at Ipswich, get dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Salford and lose Luis Sinisterra to Bournemouth.
Home fans aired an anti-Sinisterra chant shortly after the kick-off but Leeds fashioned a superb opening in the 17th minute.
Crysencio Summerville played a one-two with Rutter on the edge of the 18-yard box before lashing a powerful right-foot shot over the crossbar.
Leeds continued to probe and in the 39th minute Summerville played in Rutter, but a superb save from Vasquez saw him repel the Frenchman’s shot.
Moments later Wilfried Gnonto fired wastefully into the side netting but Farke’s men upped the tempo after the break and were almost soon rewarded.
Jamie Shackleton showed some neat footwork to engineer the space to curl a right-foot shot narrowly over the crossbar.
Summerville then played a one-two with Rutter before drawing another smart stop from Vasquez.
Moments later, Leeds skipper Luke Ayling greeted Gnonto’s left-wing cross with a header which failed to hit the target.
At the other end, Wednesday went close when Josh Windass was played in before Illan Meslier raced off his line to block the striker’s close-range shot.
The visitors grew in confidence and in the 72nd minute Callum Paterson blazed wildly over the crossbar from close range.
The hosts were largely dominant on the day but ultimately failed to make it pay against the Owls
Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling (Spence 81′), Rodon, Struijk, Shackleton, Ampadu, Gray (Kamara 88′), Summerville, Gnonto, Rutter, Piroe
Subs not used: Darlow, Cresswell, Gyabi, Poveda, Gelhardt, Hjelde, Joseph
Manager: Daniel Farke
Sheffield Wednesday: Vasquez, Paterson (Valentin 90), Bernard, Diaby, Famewo, Delgado, Byers, Bannan, Windass, Gregory (Iorfa 67′), Smith (Fletcher 70′)
Subs not used: Dawson, Palmer, Vaulks, Bakinson, Ihiekwe, Musaba
Bookings: Delgado, Windass
Manager: Xisco Munoz
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Leeds then saw a penalty claim ignored by referee Dean Whitestone after Gnonto went down under a challenge from Wednesday substitute Dominic Iorfa.
With 12 minutes remaining, Ethan Ampadu played in Rutter but his left-foot shot went straight into Vasquez’s midriff and a huge opportunity was spurned.
Farke threw on new signings Djed Spence and Glen Kamara for their debuts but Windass went close again for Wednesday moments later.
Munoz and his players came to Elland Road to make a point – and in the end that is exactly what they got.