Sheffield Wednesday 6-0 Leeds United
Sheffield Wednesday continued their resurgence under caretaker boss Stuart Gray by thrashing 10-man Leeds.
Reda Johnson opened the scoring before Atdhe Nuhiu made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.
Leeds were reduced to 10 men just a minute after the restart when Matt Smith, on at the break, was sent off for a challenge on Johnson.
Connor Wickham and Chris Maguire both scored before Caolan Lavery added his first two goals for the club.
Owls keeper Chris Kirkland was a spectator throughout the game at Hillsborough with Leeds managing just one shot on target, a long-range effort by Rodolph Austin which was easily collected.
Leeds went in to the game without a win in their last five matches and knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two Rochdale last weekend.
They looked like a side lacking in confidence and were behind after they failed to clear their lines following a corner. The ball in from Kieran Lee was allowed to find Johnson at the far post and he took the ball down before poking it past Kenny.
The former Sheffield United and QPR keeper made a superb save from Maguire but could do nothing when again his defence again failed to clear a cross from Lee, which Nuhiu side-footed home at the far post.
Leeds boss Brian McDermott made a change at the break with Smith replacing Tom Lees as he looked to put the Wednesday defence under more pressure but the former Oldham man lasted less than a minute when Lee Probert was given little option after his aerial challenge on Johnson.
Wickham made it 3-0 with his ninth goal of the season before a free-kick from Maguire took a wicked deflection to beat a beleaguered Kenny.
Lavery scored three goals in four games for Plymouth before he was recalled from a loan spell by Gray and he scored twice after coming on as a second-half substitute to take his tally for the season to five.
The result means Wednesday are now five games unbeaten in five games and have picked up 15 points since Dave Jones was sacked at the beginning on December.
Gray, who previously managed Northampton Town, has now guided Wednesday up to 19th in the table with a game in hand over many of the teams around them.
Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray:
"It was a good result and a good performance, hopefully a 6-0 win will help me to get the job full-time.
"I remember I was caretaker at Southampton and our last two games at The Dell we beat Arsenal and Manchester United, so it's probably up there with those. And I got the job.
"Not many times during a season do you get the perfect result and the perfect performance. Every player put in an eight or nine out of 10 performance."
Leeds United manager Brian McDermott:
"After that, in a local derby, it's public humiliation as far as I'm concerned.
"It has to start on Sunday morning and I'll go back to basics with this team to do what ever we've got to do as a group.
"That was just unbelievable. It doesn't matter about being lower than the Rochdale game, that's just humiliating for all of us.
"I don't distance myself from the players because I'm part of the group. We've had a good run to get to 35 points, but we're having a poor time now.
"It's a terrible time for Leeds United, the supporters and us."
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- 36LoovensBooked at 42mins
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- 34NuhiuSubstituted forLaveryat 66'minutes
- 10MaghomaSubstituted forJohnsonat 74'minutes
- 5PearceBooked at 51mins
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- 38KebeSubstituted forByramat 66'minutes
- Lee Probert
- Shots on Target