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Monday 23 October 2017

O'Kane gifts Owls' last goal

Eunan O'Kane
Eunan O'Kane

Leeds' Irish international Eunan O'Kane (inset) gifted Sheffield Wednesday their third goal as the home side ran out 3-0 victory over their Yorkshire rivals in the English Championship.

Gary Hooper struck twice in the first half and Kieran Lee added a third late on to lift the home crowd following back-to-back defeats at the hands of Sheffield United and Birmingham.

The opening goal came in the 25th minute when Ross Wallace's free-kick was headed down by Tom Lees and Hooper provided the finishing touch from close range.

Lee was unfortunate to have an effort ruled out with television replays showing that he should not have been given offside.

It was 2-0 when Liam Palmer delivered a deep cross which was headed back across the face of goal by Steven Fletcher and Hooper nodded in off the inside of a post.

Lee completed the scoring eight minutes from time with a fine shot from 20 yards after receiving O'Kane's attempted clearance.

Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen admits his side need to improve defensively after conceding three goals for the second consecutive game.

He said: "In the first 20 to 25 minutes, we did quite well and had opportunities, but we conceded two goals too easily.

"In the first half, they had two opportunities and scored.

"We were too soft in both areas so we have to improve a lot in that sense.

"We gave too much space."

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