Report - Leeds United 5-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 01/02/2014
Leeds United continue to be a circus off the pitch whilst Huddersfield Town were the circus on it as a second half collapse saw Leeds run out 5-1 winners at Elland Road.Report - Leeds United 5-1 Huddersfield Town

Town controlled the first half and went in front through Danny Ward but Ross McCormack's equaliser right on half time was the killer blow as the Scottish striker went on to complete a hat-trick with Jimmy Kebe and Alex Mowatt grabbing the others.

The story behind the scene was the talk that overshadowed the victory. Brian McDermott was sacked on the Friday night only for the club to release a statement after the match to say that McDermott was not sacked at all and will be back at the club on Monday.

The supposed new owner, Massimo Cellino, has in fact not taken over the club but the Italian accuses GFH Capital, the owners of Leeds United, of making him sack McDermott.

I would say something sarcastic but I'm not going to all I'm going to say is for a set of fans that supposedly "don't care" about the neighbours from down the A62 they have a funny way of showing it.

James Vaughan was out of the side again with a knee injury so Nahki Wells started up front along with Danny Ward. Martin Paterson was back on the bench after returning from injury to fill the gap of the departed Jon Stead who has joined Oldham Athletic on a month's loan.

McCormack was involved in the game's first opening which resulted in Cameron Stewart firing wide with a curling effort.

Leeds' Sam Byram pulled off a smart block at the other end to deny Ward before Wells shot the loose ball wide.

Town were beginning to turn the screw and Oliver Norwood came close to opening the scoring with a long range effort that smacked the base of the post before Byram denied Oscar Gobern a certain goal scoring opportunity.

The Terriers pressure paid off on 25 minutes when Ward collected Calum Woods' pass, dummying the defender and drove a low shot into the net across Paddy Kenny.

Town could have doubled their lead on the half hour mark when Murray Wallace's overhead kick from a corner was inadvertently diverted into the path of Kenny by Wells.

The worrying problem for Town lately is they are creating chances but not finding the net and this match was no different.

Nakhi Wells had a fine chance to score racing on to Tommy Smith's through ball but the striker failed to hit the target despite the shot beating Paddy Kenny.

McCormack missed a similar chance moments later but the home side equalised right on the stroke of half time. A soft free-kick was dealt with but Byram's long ball back into the box wasn't dealt with by Murray Wallace which lead to McCormack finding the net from close range.

Cue the chants for Brian McDermott. The same fans no doubt that were giving him dogs abuse at Rochdale and Sheffield Wednesday in recent weeks.

That goal gave Leeds momentum and seemed to deflate the confidence of the Town players as the Whites took the lead within five minutes of the second half.
McCormack again involved back heeling the ball for Kebe and the winger grabbed his first goal for Leeds by flicking the ball into the net.

Town tried to fight back but both Ward and Wells missing chances within minutes but the sucker punch was dealt on the hour mark. Byram's low cross from the left found the unmarked McCormack at the far post who made no mistake from six yards out.

Rudolph Austin forced Alex Smithies into a full length save minutes later as Austin appeared to have more freedom with Gobern being substituted.

McCormack grabbed his hat-trick on 73 minutes when Stewart crossed from the left finding the striker who converted from close range.

To crown a miserable day for Town on 82 minutes Smithies and Anthony Gerrard comically collided just outside the box allowing Alex Mowatt to chip the ball into the empty net from 20 yards out.

Sean's Star Man - Calum Woods


Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Warnock, Austin (Brown 90+2), Leeds, Pearce, Murphy, Mowatt (Tonge 87), McCormack, Kebe, Stewart.
Subs not used: Cairns, Peltier, Hunt, Wootton, Poleon.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Woods, Dixon (Lolley 70), Wallace, Gerrard, Smith, Clayton, Gobern (Scannell 61), Ward, Wells (Paterson 75), Norwood.
Subs not used: Bennett, Clarke, Southern, Holmes.

Referee: Grahm Salisbury
Attendance: 31,103


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