James Vaughan grabbed a valuable late winner for Huddersfield in their race for Championship survival in a pulsating Yorkshire derby at Leeds.

Neil Danns put Huddersfield into a second-half lead when he volleyed home Vaughan's flick-on.

Aidy White equalised only two minutes after coming off the bench with a header when Jack Hunt failed to clear.

Rodolph Austin's volley then hit the bar for Leeds before Vaughan slotted home the winner after Hunt's fine ball.

The result represents a major blow for Leeds' hopes of sneaking into the play-offs. Manager Neil Warnock went into the match estimating his side would need at least six wins from their nine remaining fixtures.

The hosts started brightly though, with Luke Varney's header from Stephen Warnock's corner being cleared off the line and up onto the crossbar by Huddersfield captain Peter Clarke.

Top scorer

James Vaughan's goal was his ninth of the season and he is Huddersfield's leading scorer this term

Terriers goalkeeper Alex Smithies then thwarted El-Hadji Diouf with a low save before Vaughan headed Danny Ward's cross against the bar for the visitors.

And just before the break, Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny pulled off a superb save to deny Ward.

The opener came nine minutes after the restart when Vaughan's header found Danns and the midfielder, on loan from Leicester City, volleyed in his first goal for Huddersfield.

Soon afterwards, Warnock brought White on for Paul Green and within two minutes the substitute capitalised on poor defending to level the game.

Leeds had their chances to grab a second, but it was the Terriers who got the winner when Vaughan side-footed beyond Kenny and inside the far post.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock:

"Realistically we're running out of games and [the owners] GFH know my situation, I speak to them on a regular basis.

"Once we're out of contention for the Premier League they know I won't be having another year in the Championship.

"They've got to look after themselves really. We've spoken about my successor, about people coming in if mathematically it's impossible to get into the play-offs."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"It was a typical derby game. The referee set his stall out early doors because he booked a couple of players and I thought there might not be 11 players left on the pitch.

"We grew into the game. We were resolute in the first half, got ourselves in front and conceded a really poor goal from our perspective because we started to drop [deep] and there was no pressure on the ball.

"But we kept our heads and although we were pegged back we were still in the game and although they were throwing bodies forward we dealt with it well."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 04 Lees
  • 15 Warnock
  • 07 Green (White - 58' )
  • 08 Austin Booked
  • 11 Varney Booked
  • 18 Tonge
  • 25 Byram
  • 21 Diouf
  • 22 Habibou Booked (Hall - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Ashdown
  • 05 Pearce
  • 14 White
  • 17 Brown
  • 19 Norris
  • 30 Hall
  • 32 Dawson

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 03 Dixon Booked
  • 05 P Clarke
  • 06 Gerrard
  • 32 Hunt
  • 04 Norwood (Beckford - 76' )
  • 08 Clayton
  • 10 Gobern (Woods - 90' )
  • 11 Ward (Scannell - 76' )
  • 20 Danns
  • 18 Vaughan

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett
  • 02 Woods
  • 15 Wallace
  • 07 Scannell
  • 09 Novak
  • 17 Robinson
  • 21 Beckford
Ref: Marriner
Att: 23,814

Match Stats

Shots

11 13

On target

7 10

Corners

7 3

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:51 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:12

The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Beckford. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

90:00 +2:17

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall, Shot from deep inside the area by Samuel Byram clears the bar.

90:00 +0:30 Substitution

Substitution Oscar Gobern leaves the field to be replaced by Calum Woods.

85:55

Assist by Jack Hunt.

85:55 Goal scored

Goal! - James Vaughan - Leeds 1 - 2 Huddersfld James Vaughan finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leeds 1-2 Huddersfield.

84:49

Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

82:47

Ryan Hall takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.

81:00

Samuel Byram fouled by Sean Scannell, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Tom Lees, Luke Varney takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.

80:05

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Clayton from the right by-line, Anthony Gerrard takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a comfortable save.

77:56

The referee blows for offside against Samuel Byram. Free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

76:17

Rodolph Austin takes a shot from 25 yards. El-Hadji Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex Smithies takes the free kick.

75:08

Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

75:08 Substitution

Substitution Sean Scannell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Ward.

75:08 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Beckford on for Oliver Norwood.

75:08

Peter Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf.

73:20

Centre by Michael Tonge.

71:40

Centre by Luke Varney, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.

70:46

Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf, Close range header by Samuel Byram misses to the right of the target.

70:23

Ryan Hall crosses the ball, Anthony Gerrard manages to make a clearance.

69:20

Oscar Gobern gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin. Lee Peltier takes the direct free kick.

65:15

Daniel Ward has an effort at goal. Save by Patrick Kenny.

64:33

El-Hadji Diouf takes the outswinging corner, James Vaughan makes a clearance.

64:12

Neil Danns gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Hall. Free kick taken by El-Hadji Diouf.

62:48

El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Anthony Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from right wing. Tom Lees is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

62:11

The offside flag is raised against Neil Danns. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

59:39

Assist on the goal came from Tom Lees.

59:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Aidan White - Leeds 1 - 1 Huddersfld Aidan White finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Leeds 1-1 Huddersfield.

59:38

Tom Lees produces a cross,

58:20

James Vaughan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

57:25 Substitution

Substitution Aidan White comes on in place of Paul Green.

57:25 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Hall on for Habib Habibou.

55:18

Adam Clayton fouled by Tom Lees, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Oliver Norwood, Anthony Gerrard takes a shot. Save made by Alex Smithies.

53:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Neil Danns - Leeds 0 - 1 Huddersfld Goal scored by Neil Danns from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Huddersfield.

53:41

The ball is swung over by Jack Hunt, clearance by Samuel Byram.

52:12

Centre by Neil Danns.

49:31

James Vaughan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Byram. Tom Lees takes the free kick.

47:32

Lee Peltier challenges James Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Clarke.

46:56

Michael Tonge fouled by Oliver Norwood, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:37

Daniel Ward takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny. Daniel Ward takes the inswinging corner, Luke Varney makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:27

Neil Danns gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

43:07

Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Warnock, clearance by Adam Clayton.

41:42

Rodolph Austin produces a cross.

38:53

Shot from just outside the box by Adam Clayton goes over the target.

37:52

Centre by El-Hadji Diouf.

34:50

Direct free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

34:50 Booking

Booking Rodolph Austin is cautioned.

34:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Dixon by Rodolph Austin.

33:05

Daniel Ward handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

31:45

Foul by Jack Hunt on Luke Varney, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from left by-line, Alex Smithies makes a save.

31:13

The offside flag is raised against Adam Clayton. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

30:26

El-Hadji Diouf concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Dixon. Alex Smithies takes the direct free kick.

30:02

Michael Tonge takes a shot. Blocked by Oliver Norwood.

28:51

Rodolph Austin fouled by Jack Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, save by Alex Smithies. Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Warnock.

27:33

Unfair challenge on Michael Tonge by Adam Clayton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

25:05

Alex Smithies takes the free kick.

25:05 Booking

Booking Luke Varney receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

25:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Dixon by Luke Varney.

22:35

The ball is swung over by Paul Dixon, clearance by Stephen Warnock. Daniel Ward takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Tonge. Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Ward from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Luke Varney.

22:03

El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross, save by Alex Smithies.

21:25

Oliver Norwood takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

20:44

James Vaughan takes a shot. Shot by Adam Clayton. Blocked by Tom Lees.

15:42

The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon.

14:19

James Vaughan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

11:29

Stephen Warnock crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line, clearance made by Paul Dixon.

11:29 Booking

Booking Paul Dixon booked.

11:21

Paul Dixon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin.

10:04

The ball is crossed by Paul Green, Luke Varney produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

9:28

The ball is sent over by Samuel Byram, El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot from 18 yards. Alex Smithies makes a save. Corner taken by Stephen Warnock from the right by-line played to the near post, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.

8:26

The official flags El-Hadji Diouf offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

5:43

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Oliver Norwood from left channel, Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.

5:43 Booking

Booking Habib Habibou goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

5:37

Unfair challenge on Paul Dixon by Habib Habibou results in a free kick.

4:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Clayton by Stephen Warnock. Daniel Ward delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Rodolph Austin.

2:59

Corner taken by Stephen Warnock, Luke Varney takes a shot. Peter Clarke manages to make a clearance. Rodolph Austin takes a shot. Alex Smithies makes a comfortable save.

1:36

A cross is delivered by Neil Danns.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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