Sheffield Wednesday remained in the Championship relegation zone after Michael Tonge's stunning equaliser gave Leeds a point at Hillsborough.

The game was marred during the celebrations of Tonge's goal as a Leeds fan struck Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland in the face.

Jay Bothroyd had earlier given the hosts a deserved lead as he headed in a throw just before the interval.

The result extended the Owls' wait for a first league victory since August.

Sheffield Wednesday came into the Yorkshire derby on a run of six league defeats from seven games, with manager Dave Jones bemoaning a lack of luck and chairman Milan Mandaric obliged to give his manager a vote of confidence before the international break.

Wednesday's winless run

  • 1 September - Crystal Palace 2-1 Wednesday
  • 14 Sep - Brighton 3-0 Wednesday
  • 19 Sep - Wednesday 1-3 Huddersfield
  • 22 Sep - Wednesday 1-2 Bolton
  • 29 Sep - Wolves 1-0 Wednesday
  • 2 October - Burnley 3-3 Wednesday
  • 6 Oct - Wednesday 0-1 Hull
  • 19 Oct - Wednesday 1-1 Leeds United

Jones nearly got the change of fortune he sought as the match got off to an embarrassing start for Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, who fumbled a 35-yard drive from striker Bothroyd onto the crossbar.

And the hosts were certainly unlucky when Leeds striker Luciano Becchio blatantly punched the ball away from the waiting Anthony Gardner at a corner, but their appeals for a penalty were mystifyingly waved away by referee Eddie Ilderton.

Tensions started to show as the half wore on, Owls defender Miguel Llera appearing to strike Michael Brown and Leeds forward El Hadji Diouf squaring up to Jose Semedo after a perfect challenge from the hardworking Portuguese defensive midfielder.

Wednesday looked likely to reach half-time without the goal their play had merited until Bothroyd headed in a long throw from winger Michail Antonio to provide some much-needed cheer for home supporters.

The goal was the one-time England international's first in nearly a year - he last found the back of the net for parent club Queens Park Rangers against Manchester City on 5 November 2011.

A scrappy start to the second half saw a number of players booked as an underwhelming Leeds struggled to make their superior position in the league table show.

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland after he was attacked by a supporter

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland after he was attacked by a supporter

Indeed, they could have fallen further behind when the hosts' centre-back duo of Llera and Anthony Gardner formed an unlikely combination in the opposition penalty area before the latter shot over the bar.

Leeds had continued to struggle to put any attacks together, but with a quarter of an hour to go Tonge produced a moment of real quality as he struck a beautiful half-volley from outside the area that moved away from keeper Kirkland.

Then came the game's defining image as a supporter ran on from behind Kirkland's goal and knocked him to the ground. The shaken former-Liverpool keeper required several minutes of medical treatment before continuing.

Once play restarted, Leeds failed to build on the momentum of Tonge's goal and could not force the win that would have seen them move up to third.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton
  • 04 Gardner Booked
  • 26 Jones Booked
  • 32 Llera
  • 06 Semedo
  • 07 Antonio
  • 21 Corry (Mayor - 83' )
  • 24 Barkley
  • 12 O'Grady (Madine - 83' )
  • 23 Bothroyd

Substitutes

  • 43 Bywater
  • 05 Taylor
  • 11 J Johnson
  • 18 Mayor
  • 09 Madine
  • 15 Rodri
  • 17 Pecnik

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier (Varney - 67' )
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce
  • 08 Austin (Norris - 46' )
  • 14 White
  • 17 Brown Booked
  • 18 Tonge
  • 25 Byram
  • 10 Becchio
  • 21 Diouf

Substitutes

  • 12 Ashdown
  • 03 Drury
  • 07 Green
  • 11 Varney
  • 19 Norris
  • 30 Hall
  • 20 Gray
Ref: Ilderton
Att: 28,582

Match Stats

Shots

9 5

On target

8 4

Corners

9 3

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:21 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +4:13

Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Gary Madine results in a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

90:00 +1:27

Foul by Anthony Gardner on Luciano Becchio, free kick awarded. El-Hadji Diouf restarts play with the free kick.

88:34

Corner taken by Jay Bothroyd from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Tonge manages to make a clearance.

87:31

Danny Mayor takes a shot. Jason Pearce gets a block in.

86:02

Corner taken by Jay Bothroyd played to the near post.

82:21 Substitution

Substitution Danny Mayor comes on in place of Paul Corry.

82:07 Substitution

Substitution Gary Madine replaces Chris O'Grady.

79:56

Foul by Daniel Jones on Luke Varney, free kick awarded. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

76:03

The assist for the goal came from Aidan White.

76:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Tonge - Sheff Wed 1 - 1 Leeds Utd Michael Tonge grabs a goal from long distance to the top right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 1-1 Leeds.

73:59

Direct free kick taken by Jay Bothroyd.

73:59 Booking

Booking Booking for Michael Brown for unsporting behaviour.

73:41

Foul by Michael Brown on Chris O'Grady, free kick awarded.

71:58

Jay Bothroyd fouled by Michael Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jay Bothroyd from left channel. Paul Corry takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Lees.

68:44

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jay Bothroyd from the left by-line to the near post.

68:30

Michail Antonio has an effort at goal. Samuel Byram gets a block in.

67:57

Unfair challenge on Ross Barkley by Michael Tonge results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lewis Buxton.

66:47 Substitution

Substitution Luke Varney on for Lee Peltier.

64:46

Shot by David Norris. Miguel Llera gets a block in.

64:14

Michael Brown takes a shot. Miguel Llera gets a block in.

63:39

Paul Corry challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

62:02

The ball is swung over by Lewis Buxton, David Norris makes a clearance. Jay Bothroyd takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Michael Tonge. The ball is sent over by Jay Bothroyd, Anthony Gardner takes a shot. Lee Peltier gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Jay Bothroyd from the left by-line.

61:11

Corner taken left-footed by Jay Bothroyd.

60:35

A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf.

59:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Peltier by Michail Antonio. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

58:59

Foul by Luciano Becchio on Anthony Gardner, free kick awarded. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

55:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Brown on Paul Corry. Direct free kick taken by Jay Bothroyd.

54:35

The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio.

52:44

Michael Tonge fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

52:44 Booking

Booking The referee books Anthony Gardner for unsporting behaviour.

52:34

Anthony Gardner challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick.

51:04

El-Hadji Diouf restarts play with the free kick.

51:04 Booking

Booking Daniel Jones goes into the book.

50:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Jones on Aidan White.

45:20

Michael Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Bothroyd. Jay Bothroyd takes the direct free kick.

45:04 Substitution

Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with David Norris coming on for Rodolph Austin.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:27

Jose Semedo concedes a free kick for a foul on Aidan White. Michael Brown restarts play with the free kick.

43:01

The assist for the goal came from Michail Antonio.

43:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Jay Bothroyd - Sheff Wed 1 - 0 Leeds Utd Jay Bothroyd grabs a headed goal from close range. Sheff Wed 1-0 Leeds.

41:58

Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Pearce.

41:07

Anthony Gardner fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

34:28

The ball is delivered by Aidan White, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.

33:12

Michael Tonge crosses the ball.

31:17

Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line.

25:39

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jay Bothroyd.

25:07

Michael Tonge challenges Lewis Buxton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jay Bothroyd.

24:15

Corner taken by Jay Bothroyd from the left by-line.

23:22

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jay Bothroyd, Luciano Becchio manages to make a clearance.

23:07

Centre by Michail Antonio, Michael Tonge gets a block in.

21:34

Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line played to the near post.

18:16

Anthony Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Michael Tonge produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Chris Kirkland makes a save.

16:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luciano Becchio on Miguel Llera. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

15:51

El-Hadji Diouf takes a outswinging corner to the near post.

14:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Brown on Chris O'Grady. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

12:19

Chris O'Grady sends in a cross, clearance made by Jason Pearce.

10:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Samuel Byram on Jay Bothroyd. The ball is swung over by Jay Bothroyd, Anthony Gardner has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

9:19

Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

7:24

Lee Peltier crosses the ball.

6:37

Michail Antonio is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

5:17

Centre by Michail Antonio, Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny. Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Anthony Gardner results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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