Ross McCormack scored a hat-trick as Leeds thrashed Huddersfield amid confusion over who was United's boss.

Manager Brian McDermott was reportedly sacked on Friday but the club have since said he remains in charge.

McCormack scored twice from close range and also converted Cameron Stewart's cross to complete his treble.

Jimmy Kebe finished from McCormack's pass and Alex Mowatt chipped in a fifth goal after Daniel Ward had given the visitors the lead with a low strike.

Leeds' Championship woes

Leeds had picked up just three points from a possible 21 in the Championship before ending an eight-match winless run in all competitions in style with victory over Huddersfield

Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino has made an attempt to buy a 75% controlling stake in Leeds, subject to the deal being approved by the Football League, with the Italian wanting to appoint a new person in charge.

Assistant manager Nigel Gibbs took control of first-team affairs after McDermott reportedly received a phone call on Friday night informing him that he had been dismissed.

With the Elland Road fans chanting their support for McDermott throughout, Leeds looked determined to win the game for their manager as they demolished their Yorkshire rivals.

It was not a good start for the hosts though as Ward fired a crisp finish beyond Paddy Kenny from the left to deepen Leeds' misery.

But led by captain McCormack, who spoke in favour of McDermott on Friday, Leeds ended an eight-match winless run to give a supportive home crowd something to cheer about.

McCormack committed his future to the Whites after a bid from Cardiff was turned down on Friday and he responded in fine style to take his season goal-tally to 22.

All of Leeds' goals were celebrated by songs of support for McDermott, who opted not to attend the match.

McCormack equalised from close range just before the break before putting Kebe through to make it 2-0 soon after the restart.

Rodolph Austin then crossed for McCormack, who tapped in his 50th Leeds goal, before he completed his treble from Cameron Stewart's cross.

Mowatt chipped in a first senior goal from 20 yards to cap the victory.

However, the managerial saga then took another twist after the final whistle as Leeds released a statement on their website  stating McDermott was still in charge.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"The disappointing thing for us is that we did well. We didn't take our chances and when they scored it really sent us reeling.

"The belief went from our back lads and it went throughout the side. It started to have a knock-on effect.

"We did well in the first half. The conditions were difficult for both teams but we had a foothold. We should have been out of sight."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 25 Byram Booked
  • 15 Warnock
  • 08 Austin Booked (Brown - 92' )
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce
  • 06 Murphy
  • 36 Mowatt (Tonge - 87' )
  • 44 McCormack
  • 38 Kebe
  • 28 Stewart

Substitutes

  • 02 Peltier
  • 10 Hunt
  • 17 Brown
  • 18 Tonge
  • 22 Wootton
  • 26 Poleon
  • 33 Cairns

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 02 Woods
  • 03 Dixon (Lolley - 70' )
  • 15 Wallace Booked
  • 39 Gerrard
  • 27 Smith
  • 08 Clayton
  • 10 Gobern (Scannell - 61' )
  • 11 Ward
  • 21 Wells (Paterson - 75' )
  • 04 Norwood

Substitutes

  • 05 Clarke
  • 07 Scannell
  • 13 Bennett
  • 16 Southern
  • 17 Paterson
  • 18 Lolley
  • 38 Holmes
Ref: Graham Salisbury
Att: 31,103

Match Stats

Shots

15 21

On target

6 4

Corners

3 5

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 5, Huddersfield Town 1.

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 5, Huddersfield Town 1.

90:00 +1:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Brown replaces Rodolph Austin.

90:00 +0:49

Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:49

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

88:41 Booking

Booking Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:32

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

88:32

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

86:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Tonge replaces Alex Mowatt.

86:23

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jimmy Kébé.

85:26

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tom Lees.

85:23

Attempt blocked. Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

85:15

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

84:16

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

83:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:00

Anthony Gerrard went off injured after Huddersfield Town had used all subs.

82:42

Delay in match Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

81:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 5, Huddersfield Town 1. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

80:47

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

80:24

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:24

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

79:25

Attempt missed. Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

78:46 Booking

Booking Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:41

Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:41

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

77:24

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

75:53

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

75:53

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

75:08

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Calum Woods.

74:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Martin Paterson replaces Nahki Wells.

73:58

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

72:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 4, Huddersfield Town 1. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Stewart with a cross.

70:34

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Sam Byram.

69:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces Paul Dixon.

68:32

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:32

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

67:50

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

67:00

Foul by Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town).

67:00

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:37

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

65:34

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

64:43

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

63:38

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

63:38

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

63:18

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

63:18

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

61:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 3, Huddersfield Town 1. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Byram following a fast break.

60:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Oscar Gobern.

59:55

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

59:05

Attempt missed. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

57:39

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

57:39

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

56:49

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Smith with a cross.

53:46

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

53:03

Hand ball by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

49:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 2, Huddersfield Town 1. Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

45:00 +3:59 Half time

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

45:00 +2:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Byram.

45:00 +1:27

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

45:00 +1:27

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

45:00 +0:33

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

45:00

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Calum Woods.

43:39 Booking

Booking Sam Byram (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:52

Delay in match Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

42:15

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Calum Woods with a cross.

41:18

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Calum Woods.

38:49

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

38:49

Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:22

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

37:22

Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:16

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

36:16

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:04

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rodolph Austin with a cross.

35:10

Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:10

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

33:35

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cameron Stewart.

32:49

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

32:49

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

31:32

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Oscar Gobern is caught offside.

31:18

Attempt saved. Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

30:42

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jimmy Kébé.

30:36

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Calum Woods with a cross.

27:48

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

26:40

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tom Smith.

24:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Huddersfield Town 1. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Calum Woods.

23:27

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

23:18

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:51

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Luke Murphy.

21:36

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

19:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

18:28

Delay in match Ross McCormack (Leeds United) because of an injury.

16:17

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

16:17

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

13:43

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

13:28

Attempt blocked. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

10:57

Patrick Kenny (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:57

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

10:19

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Sam Byram.

9:03

Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:03

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

8:42

Hand ball by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

3:51

Attempt missed. Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rodolph Austin following a fast break.

3:07

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

3:07

Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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