Sheffield Wednesday continued their resurgence under caretaker boss Stuart Gray by thrashing 10-man Leeds.

Reda Johnson opened the scoring before Atdhe Nuhiu made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.

Leeds were reduced to 10 men just a minute after the restart when Matt Smith, on at the break, was sent off for a challenge on Johnson.

Connor Wickham and Chris Maguire both scored before Caolan Lavery added his first two goals for the club.

Owls keeper Chris Kirkland was a spectator throughout the game at Hillsborough with Leeds managing just one shot on target, a long-range effort by Rodolph Austin which was easily collected.

Making history

The result was the first time in their history that Sheffield Wednesday have beaten Leeds United by a six-goal margin.

The last time Leeds suffered a 6-0 defeat came in 1959 against Manchester United, when Bobby Charlton scored twice.

Leeds went in to the game without a win in their last five matches and knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two Rochdale last weekend.

They looked like a side lacking in confidence and were behind after they failed to clear their lines following a corner. The ball in from Kieran Lee was allowed to find Johnson at the far post and he took the ball down before poking it past Kenny.

The former Sheffield United and QPR keeper made a superb save from Maguire but could do nothing when again his defence again failed to clear a cross from Lee, which Nuhiu side-footed home at the far post.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott made a change at the break with Smith replacing Tom Lees as he looked to put the Wednesday defence under more pressure but the former Oldham man lasted less than a minute when Lee Probert was given little option after his aerial challenge on Johnson.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray

Wickham made it 3-0 with his ninth goal of the season before a free-kick from Maguire took a wicked deflection to beat a beleaguered Kenny.

Lavery scored three goals in four games for Plymouth before he was recalled from a loan spell by Gray and he scored twice after coming on as a second-half substitute to take his tally for the season to five.

The result means Wednesday are now five games unbeaten in five games and have picked up 15 points since Dave Jones was sacked at the beginning on December.

Gray, who previously managed Northampton Town, has now guided Wednesday up to 19th in the table with a game in hand over many of the teams around them.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray:

"It was a good result and a good performance, hopefully a 6-0 win will help me to get the job full-time.

Bad day at the office

As well as seeing his side concede six goals, Leeds defender Jason Pearce forgot to take the tag off his new replica kit.

"I remember I was caretaker at Southampton and our last two games at The Dell we beat Arsenal and Manchester United, so it's probably up there with those. And I got the job.

"Not many times during a season do you get the perfect result and the perfect performance. Every player put in an eight or nine out of 10 performance."

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott:

"After that, in a local derby, it's public humiliation as far as I'm concerned.

"It has to start on Sunday morning and I'll go back to basics with this team to do what ever we've got to do as a group.

"That was just unbelievable. It doesn't matter about being lower than the Rochdale game, that's just humiliating for all of us.

"I don't distance myself from the players because I'm part of the group. We've had a good run to get to 35 points, but we're having a poor time now.

"It's a terrible time for Leeds United, the supporters and us."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 22 Palmer
  • 03 Johnson
  • 06 Semedo
  • 32 Llera Booked
  • 36 Loovens Booked
  • 18 Maguire Booked (Helan - 82' )
  • 20 Lee
  • 34 Nuhiu (Lavery - 66' )
  • 29 Wickham
  • 10 Maghoma (Johnson - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Johnson
  • 16 McCabe
  • 17 Helan
  • 19 Mattock
  • 25 Lavery
  • 26 Martinez
  • 27 McPhail

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 16 Pugh
  • 05 Pearce Booked
  • 24 Zaliukas
  • 04 Lees (Smith - 45' Dismissed )
  • 36 Mowatt
  • 08 Austin
  • 44 McCormack
  • 28 Stewart
  • 38 Kebe (Byram - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Varney
  • 15 Warnock
  • 17 Brown
  • 20 Smith
  • 25 Byram
  • 26 Poleon
  • 33 Cairns
Ref: Lee Probert
Att: 21,224

Match Stats

Shots

19 5

On target

8 1

Corners

3 1

Fouls

13 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 6, Leeds United 0.

90:00 +4:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 6, Leeds United 0.

90:00 +4:06

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

90:00 +3:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 6, Leeds United 0. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

90:00 +2:15

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

90:00 +2:13

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson.

90:00 +0:42

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

86:07

Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Connor Wickham with a cross.

84:55

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

81:36

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

81:36

Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Chris Maguire.

79:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 5, Leeds United 0. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Reda Johnson.

79:05

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

79:05

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:51

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jermaine Johnson with a cross.

73:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Jacques Maghoma.

71:41

Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:19

Delay in match Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

67:33

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

67:33

Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 4, Leeds United 0. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

65:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Sam Byram replaces Jimmy Kébé.

65:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Caolan Lavery replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

64:40

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:40

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

63:43

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josè Semedo.

60:48

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

60:48

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:35

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

55:41

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Kieran Lee tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

55:08

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

55:08

Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:13

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

52:49

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:49

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

51:47 Booking

Booking Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:43

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

51:43

Danny Pugh (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:58 Booking

Booking Jason Pearce (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:42

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

50:42

Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 3, Leeds United 0. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

47:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:34 Dismissal

Dismissal Matt Smith (Leeds United) is shown the red card.

46:03

Delay in match Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

45:51

Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:51

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

45:15

Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:15

Foul by Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United).

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 2, Leeds United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Tom Lees.

45:00 +3:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Leeds United 0.

45:00 +3:11

Attempt missed. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

44:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Leeds United 0. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

42:26

Offside, Leeds United. Cameron Stewart tries a through ball, but Marius Zaliukas is caught offside.

41:34 Booking

Booking Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:57

Delay in match Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

40:24

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

40:24

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

38:51

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josè Semedo.

37:23

Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lees.

36:27

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

35:00

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

35:00

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

34:42

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

29:40

Offside, Leeds United. Jason Pearce tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

27:45

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:45

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

25:34

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

25:34

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

24:52

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

23:44

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:44

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

19:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Leeds United 0. Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Lee following a set piece situation.

19:06

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:06

Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).

18:06

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma following a fast break.

17:25

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Reda Johnson.

14:05

Attempt missed. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jimmy Kébé with a cross.

13:19 Booking

Booking Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

13:10

Foul by Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday).

13:10

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:48

Offside, Leeds United. Patrick Kenny tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

10:29

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:29

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

9:29

Hand ball by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

8:33

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

6:58

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

6:58

Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:21

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Reda Johnson with a cross.

3:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

1:43

Delay in match Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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