Leeds paid the best possible tribute to former number 11 Gary Speed with an emphatic win over Nottingham Forest on an emotional night at the City Ground.
Applause before the match for Speed, who died at the weekend, was followed by 11 minutes of chants from the 11th minute by Leeds fans.
Robert Snodgrass put the visitors ahead and Jonny Howson smashed a second.
Luciano Becchio's header and Adam Clayton's finish sealed the win before Andy Reid was sent off for Forest.
Leeds manager Simon Grayson, who forged a friendship with Speed after they signed schoolboy forms with Leeds on the same day when they were 14, had asked his players to win the game in Speed's memory and they did not disappoint.
They bossed the game from start to finish, to the backdrop of constant chants from the away support about their former midfielder.
It was apt that Leeds's first goal came almost exactly at the end of the United fans' 11 minutes of concentrated chants for Speed, with Snodgrass picking up the ball midway into the Forest half before unleashing a crisp strike that beat home keeper Lee Camp.
SPEED'S LEEDS CAREER
- Speed began his career with United as a schoolboy, and made his debut as a 19-year-old in 1988.
- He played a prominent role in the club winning both promotion to the top-flight in 1990 and the old first division title in 1992.
- Speed made 312 appearances for the club, scoring 57 goals.
- He left Leeds to join Everton for £3.5m in 1996.
The goal was reward for an opening the visitors had dominated and they continued to do so after with Becchio seeing two efforts blocked by defenders and Snodgrass denied a second goal by a last-ditch intervention from Wes Morgan.
However, Leeds did make it 2-0 late in the half when Snodgrass set up Howson to crash home a superb 25-yard half-volley into the top corner of Camp's net.
Forest had barely registered a chance in the first half and brought on Ishmael Miller after the break in a bid to remedy this, but they were left reeling again four minutes into the second half when Becchio headed home Michael Brown's cross.
Miller did get in on the action on the hour but his header was comfortably saved by Leeds keeper Alex McCarthy.
This was only a momentary spark for Forest, though, and Leeds were amongst the goals again soon after when Clayton was on hand to finish from close range after Camp had saved Howson's initial effort.
And Forest's awful night was compounded late on when Reid's game was cut short when he received a second yellow card for a foul on Aidan White.
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson: "It's been a difficult couple of days for myself and Gary's family, supporters of Leeds United and supporters in general."
"Gary Speed was a fantastic person and I wanted my players to go out and produce a performance for him tonight.
"That was right out of the top locker of our performances tonight. It was very poignant that the first goal [from Snodgrass] came right as the 11 minutes of singing ended and was a left-footed shot.
"Gary Speed scored many goals like that. It's been difficult, but I'm a very proud manager tonight. I'm delighted to have got a result for Gary Speed."
- 01 Camp
- 03 Cunningham (Gunter - 64' )
- 04 Chambers
- 05 Morgan Booked
- 33 Lynch Booked
- 07 Anderson
- 10 McGugan (McGoldrick - 64' )
- 11 Reid Dismissed after an earlier booking
- 19 Moussi
- 20 Tudgay
- 24 Findley (Miller - 46' )
- 21 Smith
- 16 Gunter
- 14 Greening
- 09 Miller
- 17 McGoldrick
- 21 McCarthy
- 02 Connolly
- 03 Kisnorbo
- 22 Lees
- 28 White
- 08 Brown
- 14 Howson
- 15 Clayton (Keogh - 75' )
- 16 Pugh
- 10 Becchio (McCormack - 75' )
- 23 Snodgrass (Nunez - 80' )
- 24 Taylor
- 26 Bromby
- 20 Nunez
- 38 Keogh
- 44 McCormack
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +0:34
Short corner taken by Ramon Nunez.90:00 +0:12
Andrew Keogh fouled by Luke Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ramon Nunez.89:50
Guy Moussi concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramon Nunez. Direct free kick taken by Paul Connolly.81:28
Effort from the edge of the box by Ross McCormack goes wide of the left-hand post.80:54
Corner taken by David McGoldrick played to the near post, Michael Brown makes a clearance.80:43
Effort on goal by David McGoldrick from 20 yards. Alex McCarthy makes a save.78:10 Substitution
Substitution Ramon Nunez comes on in place of Robert Snodgrass.78:10
Aidan White takes the free kick. Shot by Ross McCormack from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.78:10 Dismissal
Dismissal Andy Reid receives a red card for second bookable offence.77:55
Andy Reid challenges Aidan White unfairly and gives away a free kick.74:18 Substitution
Substitution Adam Clayton goes off and Andrew Keogh comes on.74:18 Substitution
Substitution Ross McCormack replaces Luciano Becchio.73:53
Joel Lynch takes a shot.73:24
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the right by-line.73:14
Centre by Andy Reid, clearance made by Danny Pugh.70:52
Unfair challenge on Adam Clayton by Andy Reid results in a free kick. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball in from the free kick. Luciano Becchio is caught offside. Lee Camp takes the free kick.69:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Guy Moussi. Robert Snodgrass takes the free kick.67:31
Free kick taken by Patrick Kisnorbo.67:31 Booking
Booking Booking for Wes Morgan.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Wes Morgan results in a free kick.65:12
Assist by Jonathan Howson.65:12 Goal scored
Goal! - Adam Clayton - Nott'm For 0 - 4 Leeds Adam Clayton gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Nottm Forest 0-4 Leeds.65:10
Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.63:13
Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kisnorbo.63:13 Substitution
Substitution David McGoldrick joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lewis McGugan.63:13 Substitution
Substitution Chris Gunter is brought on as a substitute for Greg Cunningham.63:13 Booking
Booking Andy Reid booked for unsporting behaviour.63:06
Andy Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson.61:58
The ball is delivered by Paul Anderson, Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.60:03
Adam Clayton challenges Andy Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.59:19
Guy Moussi has an effort at goal. Save by Alex McCarthy.58:57
Andy Reid sends in a cross.58:31
Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid to the near post, Aidan White makes a clearance.58:06
Andy Reid takes a inswinging corner.55:19
Marcus Tudgay challenges Tom Lees unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.53:39
Foul by Tom Lees on Lewis McGugan, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andy Reid from left channel, save by Alex McCarthy.51:02
Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.51:02 Booking
Booking Joel Lynch goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.50:56
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio by Joel Lynch.48:48
Assist by Michael Brown.48:48 Goal scored
Goal! - Luciano Becchio - Nott'm For 0 - 3 Leeds Luciano Becchio finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Nottm Forest 0-3 Leeds.47:37
Danny Pugh challenges Luke Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.46:51
Ishmael Miller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Ishmael Miller replaces Robbie Findley.45:00 +2:50 Half time
Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.45:00 +2:36
Header from deep inside the area by Wes Morgan goes over the bar.44:30
Assist on the goal came from Robert Snodgrass.44:30 Goal scored
Goal! - Jonathan Howson - Nott'm For 0 - 2 Leeds Jonathan Howson fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 0-2 Leeds.39:52
Effort from inside the area by Jonathan Howson misses to the left of the target.39:10
Jonathan Howson is caught offside. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.37:43
Unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio by Wes Morgan results in a free kick. Patrick Kisnorbo takes the free kick.35:20
The ball is sent over by Andy Reid, save by Alex McCarthy.34:06
Robert Snodgrass takes a shot from 25 yards. Guy Moussi gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Andy Reid.33:29
Corner taken by Andy Reid from the left by-line to the near post, Adam Clayton manages to make a clearance.32:53
The ball is sent over by Robbie Findley, Tom Lees manages to make a clearance.19:06 Goal scored
Goal! - Robert Snodgrass - Nott'm For 0 - 1 Leeds Robert Snodgrass finds the net with a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 0-1 Leeds.17:17
The referee penalises Luciano Becchio for handball. Joel Lynch takes the free kick.15:40
Paul Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Pugh. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.14:21
The ball is swung over by Aidan White.11:38
Paul Anderson fouled by Michael Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.11:15
Danny Pugh takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Marcus Tudgay.11:00
Michael Brown takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.7:21
Effort on goal by Jonathan Howson from 20 yards. Save by Lee Camp.6:47
The ball is sent over by Jonathan Howson, Wes Morgan makes a clearance.6:00
The official flags Robbie Findley offside. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.2:09
The ball is swung over by Paul Anderson, clearance by Aidan White. Luciano Becchio fouled by Wes Morgan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Kisnorbo.0:25
Shot from deep inside the area by Robert Snodgrass clears the bar.0:00
The game begins.
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