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MACK SOME NOISE! IN ASSOCIATION WITH Ross is the great leveller for Leeds.

Byline: BILL COOPER at Elland Road

LEEDS 1 McCormack 58 SHEFF WED 1 Zayatte 37 BRIAN McDermott rates Ross McCormack as crucial to Leeds' hopes of launching a promotion bid this season.

That is why the Elland Road boss is stubbornly refusing to entertain any interest in the Scotland striker from Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

Riverside chief Tony Mowbray has tabled two bids - of PS1million and PS1.3m - for McCormack in an effort to lure him to Teesside.

But McDermott is having none of it, and McCormack showed why his manager is so determined to keep him with a brilliant display in this all-Yorkshire shoot-out.

McCormack, who celebrates his 27th birthday today, earned his side a point with a brilliant 58th-minute strike.

He latched on to a feed from fellow hitman Luke Varney, and then burst past Owls' centre-back Kamil Zayatte before firing home a blistering low drive.

McDermott said: "That's what football is all about - that little bit of quality, and Ross has certainly got it.

"Middlesbrough can do what they like because all I know is that Ross wants to be at Leeds and I want him to be here. He loves this club. He is dead keen to be with us."

McDermott added: "We came back well after Wednesday gave us an examination in the first half.

"It's another point on the board for us, and we are still unbeaten this season."

After a scrappy opening 20 minutes, the first chance fell to the home side but Varney's tame 10-yard shot was easily held by Chris Kirkland.

y g s Maguire e ball y for uit u -r d Then when Leeds' defenders decided not to bother trying to clear a Chris Maguire corner, the ball arrived nicely for recent recruit Atdhe Nuhiu but his closerange header was gathered comfortably on the line by Paddy Kenny.

The lively y y.l y McCormack was next to threaten for Leeds 10 minutes later with a flashing drive which Kirkland acrobatically tipped over.

lead whe unacco faile cot h dJ But within five minutes, Dave Jones' side had taken the lead when United unaccountably failed to attack a corner kick - this time delivered by Jeremy Helan.

HMichail Antonio, left unattended at the back stick, headed across goal for Zayatte to nod home from close range.

Following McCormack's equaliser, Leeds had keeper Kenny to thank for keeping them on level terms. He may be 35, but he flung himself full stretch to his left to cling on to a 17-yard piledriver from Antonio 13 minutes from time.

Owls boss Jones was relieved to see his side pick up their first point of the campaign, but insisted: "I think we were unlucky - we had the chances to win it. Overall we have done okay. We are off the mark."

Ross wants to be at Leeds and I want him to be here BRIAN MCDERMOTTMATCH STATS LEEDS SHEFF WED 58...............Possession%...............42 5 ..............Shots on Target..............3 4.............Shots off Target.............4 5 ............... Blocked Shots ............... 3 9 ..................... Corners .....................6 12.......................Fouls.......................12 2 .....................Offsides ....................0 0 ................ Yellow Cards ................ 2 0...................Red Cards...................0 REF: Roger East MATCH FACTS Sheffield Wednesday have won only twice in the past 11 league games against Leeds, scoring in their last triumph at Elland Road in March 2007. Leeds remain unbeaten in all four matches this term, but the stalemate denied them back-to-back home wins at the start of a Championship season for the first time in eight years.

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TO sSCOT THE TOUCH McCormack makes it 1-1 (main) and gets shirty (above)

OWL JOY: Scorer Zayatte
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Date:Aug 18, 2013
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