Leeds United 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday: Garry Monk praises the courage of his Owls side

Garry Monk praised the courage and heart of his Sheffield Wednesday players after they beat Leeds 2-0 at Elland Road.

Wednesday found themselves on the back foot during a first-half where the hosts enjoyed the better of the opportunities.

Patrick Bamford had a goal ruled out for offside while Jack Harrison came within inches of firing Leeds into the lead before the break.

They were punished for their lack of clinical edge in the 87th minute when Jacob Murphy beat Kiko Casilla at his near post.

Late into stoppage time, Atdhe Nuhiu wrapped up the points after Adam Reach found him unmarked inside the area.

That second-half showing, combined with the full-time result, left Monk feeling proud of his players' efforts.

Atdhe Nuhiu scores in Sheffield Wednesday's win at Leeds United
Atdhe Nuhiu scores in Sheffield Wednesday's win at Leeds United

"It was very difficult for us facing the league leaders away from home," he said.

"Our game plan was good. We had to deal with the pressure and to take our chances when they came, we did that really well.

"You want to see your players play with heart after the week we had. When you play with real heart, you have the courage on the pitch. You feel it and that's exactly what we needed.

"We matched them and we took our chances. We have played with heart and courage in our last two games.

"When you play like that you will get your rewards, we were good value for the win.

"It's the Championship so you will have setbacks, but what we want is what we saw today, the players to go out on the pitch with heart and courage.

"Jacob Murphy was fantastic today and against Brighton. It was a good team effort today. The fans also contributed to the game and it is nice to send them home happy."

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