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Sheffield Wednesday 6-0 Leeds United

Reda Johnson of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates the opening goal against Leeds

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."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Kirkland
  • 22Palmer
  • 3Johnson
  • 6Semedo
  • 32LleraBooked at 14mins
  • 36LoovensBooked at 42mins
  • 18MaguireBooked at 52minsSubstituted forHelanat 82'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 34NuhiuSubstituted forLaveryat 66'minutes
  • 29Wickham
  • 10MaghomaSubstituted forJohnsonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Johnson
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Helan
  • 19Mattock
  • 25Lavery
  • 26Martinez
  • 27McPhail

Leeds

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Kenny
  • 2Peltier
  • 16Pugh
  • 5PearceBooked at 51mins
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 4LeesSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutesBooked at 47mins
  • 36Mowatt
  • 8Austin
  • 44McCormack
  • 28Stewart
  • 38KebeSubstituted forByramat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Varney
  • 15Warnock
  • 17Brown
  • 20Smith
  • 25Byram
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
21,224

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 6, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 6, Leeds United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 6, Leeds United 0. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

  8. Post update

    Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Connor Wickham with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Post update

    Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Chris Maguire.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 5, Leeds United 0. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Reda Johnson.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

  15. Post update

    Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Jacques Maghoma.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.