Jon Stead scored a late winner as Huddersfield edged the West Yorkshire derby with Leeds United.

Matt Smith headed the visitors into an early lead before Danny Ward equalised soon after with a fierce strike.

Tom Lees diverted Adam Hammill's cross into his own net to give Huddersfield the lead but Dexter Blackstock headed in an equaliser on his debut.

However, Huddersfield-born Stead sealed victory for the home side with a low finish late on.

Terrific Terriers

Victory for Huddersfield was their fifth in eight league matches against Leeds. It was also their second in a row, and first at home in four years.

Victory moved Huddersfield back into the top half of the table, level on 17 points with Leeds.

The same fixture last season saw fans treated to six goals as Leeds claimed derby honours with a 4-2 win. This encounter promised a similar level of entertainment after both sides scored in the opening 10 minutes.

Smith towered over defender Joel Lynch in the second minute to head in from Alex Mowatt's corner before Huddersfield swiftly replied as Ward rifled a venomous shot into the back of the net after being picked out by Hammill's corner.

After having withstood plenty of pressure in the early stages, Huddersfield were boosted by their equaliser.

Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny did well to tip over Hammill's curling shot, before Ward stabbed a low effort just wide.

But Leeds should have retaken the lead on the hour when a nicely-worked move by the visitors ended with Luke Murphy sidefooting wide from inside the area when unmarked.

It was to prove a costly miss as Huddersfield took the lead soon after when Hammill's ball into the area was flicked into his own net by Lees.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott responded by bringing on new signing Blackstock and his impact was immediate, the on-loan Nottingham Forest player flicking a header into the net from a free kick with his first touch.

But just as the Leeds fans had finished celebrating that goal, Huddersfield snatched what proved to be the winner.

Substitute Sean Scannell twisted his way past his marker before finding Stead inside the area and the striker, who came through the youth ranks at Huddersfield before leaving for Blackburn in 2004, swept the ball home for his first goal since re-joining the club in the summer.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"I am pleased with that result. Performances are important but today the result was important. It was great for everybody because this club probably lived in the shadows of Leeds for a long time.

"It is a one-off game and I thought the spirit was fantastic, the togetherness of the players and supporters was brilliant.

"When the ball was there to be won, more often than not we won it but it was one of those games where your heart is in your mouth because it could have gone either way."

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott:

"We didn't defend goals properly. We created a lot of chances but we have to learn how to manage games right away from home.

"Whatever happens you have to make sure you do the right things defensively.

"It is disappointing [after Birmingham win] we are a little bit like that as a club and a team, we take a step forward and take a step back so we need to take a step forward in our next game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 21 Richards (Woods - 73' )
  • 03 Dixon
  • 06 Hogg
  • 05 Clarke Booked
  • 33 Lynch
  • 12 Hammill (Gobern - 79' )
  • 16 Southern
  • 14 Stead
  • 38 Holmes (Scannell - 45' )
  • 11 Ward

Substitutes

  • 02 Woods
  • 04 Norwood
  • 07 Scannell
  • 10 Gobern
  • 13 Bennett
  • 15 Wallace
  • 26 Carr

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 25 Byram
  • 15 Warnock Booked
  • 22 Wootton
  • 05 Pearce
  • 04 Lees
  • 36 Mowatt
  • 06 Murphy Booked (Blackstock - 72' )
  • 20 Smith
  • 44 McCormack
  • 08 Austin

Substitutes

  • 02 Peltier
  • 09 Blackstock
  • 11 Varney
  • 17 Brown
  • 18 Tonge
  • 26 Poleon
  • 33 Cairns
Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Att: 18,309

Match Stats

Shots

15 13

On target

4 4

Corners

5 5

Fouls

14 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Huddersfield Town 3, Leeds United 2.

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 3, Leeds United 2.

90:00 +4:16

Foul by Keith Southern (Huddersfield Town).

90:00 +4:16

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:14 Booking

Booking Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:58

Foul by Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town).

90:00 +0:58

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:18

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:18

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

86:09

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Byram with a cross.

82:43

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:43

Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Leeds United).

80:33

Foul by Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town).

80:33

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:14

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

79:14

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Oscar Gobern replaces Adam Hammill.

76:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 3, Leeds United 2. Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

73:55

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

73:55

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Leeds United 2. Dexter Blackstock (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a set piece situation.

72:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Calum Woods replaces Ashley Richards.

71:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dexter Blackstock replaces Luke Murphy.

70:59

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

70:59

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

68:13

Foul by Keith Southern (Huddersfield Town).

68:13

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:59

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Sam Byram.

64:17

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Richards.

63:40

Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg with a through ball.

62:15 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Tom Lees, Leeds United. Huddersfield Town 2, Leeds United 1.

60:59

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jonathan Hogg.

60:53

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

59:56

Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:56

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

59:10

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

58:15

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

57:17

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

55:24

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ashley Richards with a cross.

51:25

Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:25

Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).

49:27

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

48:51

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:57

Delay in match Sam Byram (Leeds United) because of an injury.

47:04

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

45:00

Second Half begins Huddersfield Town 1, Leeds United 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Duane Holmes.

45:00 +3:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Leeds United 1.

45:00 +1:59

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

45:00 +0:31 Booking

Booking Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:24

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:24

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

43:04

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:04

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

41:17

Foul by Keith Southern (Huddersfield Town).

41:17

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:51

Delay in match Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

38:54

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Keith Southern with a headed pass following a corner.

38:11

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tom Lees.

36:16

Attempt saved. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

35:48

Attempt blocked. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

34:37

Attempt blocked. Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Stead.

34:30

Attempt missed. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Keith Southern.

33:10

Attempt missed. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

32:37

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

32:20

Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Richards.

31:59

Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:59

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

31:27

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a cross.

30:57

Foul by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town).

30:57

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:59

Ashley Richards (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:59

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

27:39

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:39

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

27:16

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

26:45

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

26:45

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:22

Foul by Ashley Richards (Huddersfield Town).

25:22

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

24:07

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Sam Byram.

22:29 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:23

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:23

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

18:07

Attempt blocked. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Stead.

17:47

Attempt blocked. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:55

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Byram.

15:08

Attempt missed. Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

11:09

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:09

Foul by Keith Southern (Huddersfield Town).

9:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Leeds United 1. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

8:58

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tom Lees.

8:10

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:10

Foul by Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town).

7:30

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

7:30

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:15

Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

6:25

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:25

Foul by Keith Southern (Huddersfield Town).

5:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

4:54

Delay in match Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) because of an injury.

4:43

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

4:43

Ashley Richards (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:42

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

2:42

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Leeds United 1. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross following a corner.

0:58

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

0:57

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Lees with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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