Live TV coverage on Sky and Freeview plus a ticket price of £36 were understood to have restricted the Owls’ following to just over 1,000 at Elland Road.
But the focus was on the home fans when a minute’s applause was held before kick-off to commemorate what the announcer described as those members of the Leeds family who have been lost in the last 12 months.
There was nothing to excite the crowd in the evenly contested early stages.
Wednesday had Palmer pushed forward to the right side of midfield, with Buxton coming in at right back, and Antonio on the left.
Leeds’ diamond formation included McCormack behind a front two of Poleon and Varney, and Austin in front of the back four.
A loose ball in midfield from Coke put the Owls in trouble: Buxton gave chase to challenge Poleon, and a corner was all that Leeds got.
But the first chance was made by Wednesday in the 22nd minute: a left-side corner from Maguire gave Nuhiu a close-range header that went straight at Kenny.
Palmer drove wildly wide from a narrow angle when Maguire was waiting on the edge of the box for a pass.
McCormack was more calculating in trying to loft a shot over Kirkland from just inside the area: the keeper stretched backwards to push it over the bar.
From the resulting corner, Buxton headed firmly away. Wednesday were doing well enough not to come under persistent pressure, and looking solid in their own half.
They also looked useful on the break, but the first cutting edge came from a corner on the right in the 36th minute.
Helan’s left foot swung it to the far post, Antonio headed back across goal, and ZAYATTE nodded home to notch his first goal for the Owls.
That rewarded Wednesday for a strong first-half show, which could have been capped by a second goal in the second of two added minutes.
Maguire played a left-side corner to the far post and Antonio, under pressure, failed to make proper contact with a header that he glanced wide.
Leeds began the second half with Tonge in midfield instead of Green,
Buxton used his strength to stand his ground and hold off Poleon in the box. The ref correctly waved play on - only to book Buxton a few moments later for taking too long at a throw-in. When the equaliser came in the 58th minute it was practically self-made by McCORMACK.
Breaking forward and showing his pace, the forward who will be 27 tomorrow touched the ball past Zayatte then stabbed it past Kirkland.
It was a reflection of why Middlesbrough have made two bids for him.
The goal gave Leeds fresh impetus and roused their fans, but Wednesday soon steadied themselves.
Jones - predictably the subject of abusive chants throughout the game from some home spectators - took off Maguire in the 65th minute and sent on Reda Johnson.
The sub went to left back, Helan to left side midfield and Antonio up front. Four minutes after that, Maghoma took over from Nuhiu alongside Antonio.
Leeds sent on big Smith up front in place of Varney.
A lovely ball over the top from Johnson found Antonio in space; he cut inside from the left, hit the target and saw Kenny make a save.
But the Owls were unlucky in the 82nd minute.
A long throw from the left by Antonio was helped on to Maghoma, and his shot on the turn struck the arm of Pearce as the centre half blocked.
Wednesday were entitled to claim that they should have had a penalty. It was unclear whether the ref did not see the handball or judged it was unintentional. But with Kenny beaten, it definitely deprived the Owls of a goal.
Johnson almost forced the loose ball home home but was denied by further desperate defending.
McCormack hit the wall from an injury-time free kick and Wednesday closed their grip on a deserved point; it was the least they deserved.