By Mark Smith

27th Oct, 2019 | 8:01am

Casilla eases the nerves - Three things we learned from Leeds draw v Sheff Weds

Another tricky away game has delivered another draw for Leeds United. On paper a 0-0 against Sheffield Wednesday seems like another missed opportunity, but on the basis of the game, Marcelo Bielsa will be happy.

Looking at the attacking momentum graph from SofaScore, it was unusual to see our opponents enjoy extended periods of success. With both teams hitting the woodwork, we’ll take a point.

Here are the big talking points from Hillsborough…

1. Kiko Casilla finally eases the nerves

Now every single one of us has had that moment. We start to bite our nails as a long ball is launched into the box and Casilla starts sprinting out to collect. The Spaniard has failed to catch the ball on many occasions and often tends to palm the ball away. Saturday was a different story, and the keeper was excellent. The 33-year-old made a handful of great saves and commanded his area perfectly against the Owls. Without him, it could have been a totally different story, and although he might not fill everyone with confidence – there is a reason Leeds have the best defence in the Championship.

2. Hernandez is desperately missed

Everyone knows that Pablo Hernandez is one of the most creative players in the Championship. There was a feeling that when he got injured, it was the time for Helder Costa to come in and shine but that simply hasn’t happened. The Whites are desperately missing the Spaniard’s ability to unlock a defence. Players such as Mateusz Klich have not stepped up in the final third, and that could definitely cost us. Before Saturday’s game, Sky Sports revealed that we have only won 33% of our games while he is missing, something that is nowhere near good enough. We are crossing our fingers he can return against Queens Park Rangers next time out.

3. We must start taking advantage of other teams slipping up

Saturday was the perfect opportunity for us to lay down a marker ahead of the rest of the Championship fixtures. Time after time, many of our closest rivals slip up. West Brom have drawn their last two home games against both Charlton and Barnsley, but we have failed to take advantage. If we turned our dominance in games into three points, we would be miles ahead already at this stage. That isn’t the case. Everyone can be forgiven for casting their minds back to last season already, and if this continues, Bielsa will need to start making changes to his side to ensure we don’t go down the same path.

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