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Mirco Antenucci scores the second goal in Leeds United's win over Huddersfield Town
Mirco Antenucci has scored two goals in two games following his strike for Leeds against Huddersfield

Leeds United continued their impressive form as they cruised past Huddersfield Town to earn a third win in four games under caretaker boss Neil Redfearn.

The hosts, who are expected to appoint Darko Milanic as their new manager, led 2-0 at the break through Rudy Austin's strike and Mirco Antenucci's close-range shot.

Souleymane Doukara made it three from an Austin pass after the re-start.

And Leeds eased to the win despite having Gaetano Berardi sent off.

The defender saw red for a second yellow card with 17 minutes remaining.

A predictable result?
Leeds have won four of their five home games in all competitions this season, losing one.
Huddersfield have not won any of their last six games in all competitions, losing four.

But the Terriers, who would have climbed out of the Championship relegation zone if they had taken a point, could not find a way back into a game that ended without them having a single attempt on target.

The home side played with greater fluency and threat from the start and were almost gifted an opening goal when Town left-back Jack Robinson's backpass fell short and goalkeeper Alex Smithies had to race off his line to clear from Casper Sloth.

Former Leeds captain Lee Peltier missed a clear opportunity at the near post at the other end, but the main threat was from Redfearn's men and Austin's rising shot from just inside the 18-yard box gave them a deserved lead.

Jonathan Hogg squandered a glorious opportunity to level, heading wide after great work by Harry Bunn.

And Leeds soon made their local rivals pay. Giuseppe Bellusci chipped the ball against the bar from a pass by Antenucci, who followed up to double the lead in first-half injury time.

Doukara took centre stage after the interval, forcing a desperate block from Smithies and also shooting just wide.

But in between those two attempts, he found the bottom corner from a clever Austin pass.

Berardi's dismissal gave the visitors hope but Leeds were relatively untroubled in the final 21 minutes and moved up to 11th in the table, two points outside the play-off places.

Leeds United caretaker Neil Redfearn: "This squad can threaten the top six. I've told the players the sky is the limit. We were excellent from first whistle to last.

"Antenucci has been outstanding in our last two games. He has such energy and awareness and his finishing was great. He did really well to keep the ball down when it came to him off the bar from Guiseppe Bellusci's shot."

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell: "There is no question of them lacking heart. That will never happen with one of my sides.

"But I need to iron out the basic mistakes we are making and perhaps bring in a couple of new faces. There is work I can do with this squad, which needs freshening up."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 3Warnock
  • 6Pearce
  • 12BerardiBooked at 73mins
  • 5BellusciBooked at 26mins
  • 23L Cook
  • 14Bianchi
  • 4AustinSubstituted forTongeat 90+2'minutes
  • 33SlothSubstituted forByramat 75'minutes
  • 34Antenucci
  • 29DoukaraBooked at 70minsSubstituted forMorisonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byram
  • 8Sharp
  • 9Oliveira Tavares
  • 13Taylor
  • 18Tonge
  • 19Morison
  • 32Cooper

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 4Hudson
  • 37Peltier
  • 33LynchBooked at 90mins
  • 17Robinson
  • 10Coady
  • 6HoggSubstituted forWardat 60'minutes
  • 8Butterfield
  • 7ScannellSubstituted forSteadat 74'minutes
  • 30Bunn
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 3Dixon
  • 11Ward
  • 13Murphy
  • 14Stead
  • 15Wallace
  • 27Smith
  • 45Majewski
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
29,131

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 3, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Bunn.

  5. Post update

    Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Steve Morison (Leeds United).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Tonge replaces Rodolph Austin.

  8. Booking

    Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lee Peltier (Huddersfield Town).

  12. Post update

    Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommaso Bianchi.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Steve Morison replaces Souleymane Doukara.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Bunn with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town).

  20. Post update

    Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.