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Leeds beat Sheffield Wednesday to keep pace in Championship promotion race

Chris Wood (left) celebrates his winning goal. Credit: PA

Chris Wood's first-half goal saw Leeds United move up to fourth in the Championship following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Rob Green made a stunning second-half save to deny Jordan Rhodes from the penalty spot as Leeds clung on to claim a valuable three points.

But it was Wood who made the decisive contribution to the match, keeping his head to poke home his 22nd goal of the season in the 21st minute.

The win moves Garry Monk's side above Reading into fourth place - though the Royals travel to Brighton this weekend - and three points clear of their opponents, who remain sixth.

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Sheffield Wednesday sign striker from Barnsley

Sam Winnall has completed his move from Barnsley to Sheffield Wednesday, the two clubs have confirmed.

The striker was a key figure at Oakwell since arriving from Scunthorpe, scoring 40 goals in 95 league appearances.

He will wear the No.11 shirt at Hillsborough.

FA Cup: Middlesbrough 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Boro had too much firepower for the Owls. Credit: PA

Skipper Grant Leadbitter struck for the second time in three games as 10-man Middlesbrough eased past Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 and into the FA Cup fourth round.

Leadbitter's 58th-minute free-kick finally ignited a previously dull encounter, although Boro defender Daniel Ayala was controversially dismissed for a professional foul on Fernando Forestieri within seconds to give Wednesday hope in front of a crowd of 23,661 at the Riverside Stadium.

However, the Premier League side sealed victory seven minutes later in bizarre fashion when Alvaro Negredo blocked Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith's attempted clearance and saw the ball ricochet into the net, before Marten de Roon added a third at the death.

Forestieri penalty enough for Sheffield Wednesday

Fernando Forestieri netted from the spot. Credit: PA

Sheffield Wednesday denied Huddersfield a return to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-0 win at the John Smith's Stadium.

Fernando Forestieri's second-half penalty was enough to separate the sides in a thunderous Yorkshire derby played out in front of a crowd of 22,368 - Huddersfield's biggest league attendance on this ground.

Wednesday's second away win of the season boosts their own promotion aspirations, with the Terriers failing to win at home for the first time this season.

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Sheffield Wednesday striker apologises for no-show

Forestieri says there was no excuse for his behaviour. Credit: PA

Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri has apologised to the club's fans after refusing to play in Saturday's Championship fixture at Norwich.

Forestieri is facing punishment from the club after failing to travel with his Wednesday team-mates amid speculation linking him with a move away from the Owls.

The incident had raised concerns among fans that last season's top scorer would be leaving before this summer's transfer deadline, but Wednesday have since made it clear they will not be selling their star man.

The Argentine used his Twitter account to reassure supporters that he is happy to remain at the club despite becoming distracted by speculation linking him with Newcastle.

He said:

There are a lot of rumours and opinions going around which have been blown out of proportion and are upsetting. I just want to clarify I have never wanted to leave and have always and still do want to play for Sheffield Wednesday! I apologise for my behaviour and know there is no excuse! I hope we can move on so I can focus only on my passion!

– @Forestieri45
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