Huddersfield 2-4 Leeds
A brace from Luciano Becchio gave Leeds a deserved victory in an action-packed Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield.
After an assured finish from Chris Atkinson had put the hosts in front, Leeds hit back with two goals in a minute from Michael Tonge and Becchio.
Town equalised from the spot through former Leeds man Adam Clayton to leave the scores level at the break.
David Norris volleyed Leeds back into the lead and Becchio's superb header sealed it.
This was the first West Yorkshire derby between the two sides in the second tier for 25 years and it was the hosts who drew first blood.
Leeds boss Neil Warnock, who guided Town to promotion in 1995, will have been livid with his side's defending to allow Atkinson to latch onto a lovely through ball from former Leeds man Clayton and slide a finish beyond Paddy Kenny.
Atkinson, recently recalled from a loan spell at Chesterfield to cover for the suspended Keith Southern, started the game brightly and should perhaps have done better with an 18-yard half volley that he struck straight at Kenny.
The visitors were gifted an equaliser when home keeper Smithies somehow contrived to let Tonge's tame 18-yard effort squirm under his body.
That howler rocked Town and moments later it was 2-1 to Warnock's side. Ross McCormack got behind the Huddersfield defence and teed up strike partner Becchio to send a sublime finish beyond the despairing dive of Smithies from the edge of the area.
With the frenetic pace showing no signs of abating, the Argentine went from hero to villain before the interval.
He was adjudged to have pulled back Town skipper Peter Clarke in the area and Clayton sent Kenny the wrong way from the spot. The midfielder, sold by Leeds in the summer, sprinted half the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of a furious Warnock.
The second half started as the first ended with chances at both ends, Alan Lee heading a Danny Ward corner over for Town before Jerome Thomas was just off target with a volley.
Leeds retook the lead with 20 minutes remaining. Substitute Ryan Hall did well to cut the ball back to Norris, whose low volley found the bottom corner in front of the travelling fans.
Simon Grayson, sacked by Leeds in February, was unable to inspire a response from his Town charges and Becchio sealed bragging rights for the Elland Road side with a powerful header from another Hall cross.
With home supporters heading for the exits, Leeds fans - who have now seen their team record three successive wins - were left chanting "we are going up". On this evidence they could yet be correct.
Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson: "We started the game very well and we had a great purpose about us. After we scored we stopped doing a lot of those good things.
"We don't blame Alex Smithies for his mistake. He's made a number of good saves for us over the time.
"We never really created any chances in the second period which was disappointing.
"They were sharper than us and won more of thier individual battles but our younger players will learn from it. We have to bounce back against Bolton next week."
Leeds boss Neil Warnock: "They dominated early on but then we got back into it, although we were fortunate with the equaliser.
"The lads have been on fire all week and you can see today how good some of the finishing was today.
"At half-time we talked about not letting them back in the game because the penalty was stupid.
"The Championship is wide open. If we win our next three we'll be talking about promotion and if we lose the next three then we'll be talking about relegation."
- 01 Smithies
- 05 P Clarke
- 06 Gerrard
- 32 Hunt
- 33 Lynch (Woods - 56' )
- 08 Clayton
- 11 Ward Booked
- 16 Arfield (Hammill - 74' )
- 31 Atkinson
- 19 Lee (Vaughan - 63' )
- 20 Church
- 13 Bennett
- 02 Woods
- 04 Norwood
- 14 Hammill
- 07 Scannell
- 09 Novak
- 18 Vaughan
- 01 Kenny
- 02 Peltier
- 04 Lees
- 15 Tate
- 07 Green
- 09 Thomas (Hall - 62' )
- 18 Tonge (Brown - 90' )
- 19 Norris
- 25 Byram
- 10 Becchio Booked (Gray - 90' )
- 44 McCormack
- 12 Ashdown
- 05 Pearce
- 14 White
- 17 Brown
- 30 Hall
- 20 Gray
- 21 Diouf
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +3:30
Michael Brown takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.90:00 +1:23 Substitution
Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Andy Gray coming on for Luciano Becchio.90:00 +1:23 Substitution
Substitution Michael Brown on for Michael Tonge.85:28
The assist for the goal came from Ryan Hall.85:28 Goal scored
Goal! - Luciano Becchio - Huddersfld 2 - 4 Leeds Luciano Becchio finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Huddersfield 2-4 Leeds.83:24
Left-footed shot by Daniel Ward went wide of the left-hand post.81:50
Paul Green takes a shot. Save made by Alex Smithies.80:56
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ross McCormack from the right by-line, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.80:45
Ryan Hall takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.78:33
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Vaughan on Lee Peltier. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.77:54
The official flags Ryan Hall offside. Alex Smithies takes the indirect free kick.76:48
Anthony Gerrard fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. Calum Woods takes the free kick.74:29
Ross McCormack takes the inswinging corner, save by Alex Smithies.73:42 Substitution
Substitution Scott Arfield goes off and Adam Hammill comes on.72:03
Daniel Ward takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Lee Peltier.70:25 Booking
Booking Daniel Ward goes into the book.69:49
Assist on the goal came from Ryan Hall.69:49 Goal scored
Goal! - David Norris - Huddersfld 2 - 3 Leeds David Norris scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Huddersfield 2-3 Leeds.67:15
The referee blows for offside. Alex Smithies takes the indirect free kick.
Ross McCormack takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Calum Woods.64:25
Unfair challenge on Ryan Hall by Jack Hunt results in a free kick. Lee Peltier takes the direct free kick.61:49
Alex Smithies takes the free kick.61:49 Substitution
Substitution Alan Lee goes off and James Vaughan comes on.61:49 Substitution
Substitution Ryan Hall joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jerome Thomas.61:49
The referee blows for offside.61:30
Luciano Becchio fouled by Peter Clarke, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Tonge.60:14
The offside flag is raised against Luciano Becchio. Alex Smithies takes the free kick.59:08
Unfair challenge on Tom Lees by Alan Lee results in a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.58:40
Tom Lees concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Lee. Free kick taken by Adam Clayton.58:09
Jerome Thomas takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.55:22
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Ward from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Tonge manages to make a clearance.55:22 Substitution
Substitution Joel Lynch leaves the field to be replaced by Calum Woods.54:53
Paul Green delivers the ball.53:16
Ross McCormack takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.50:42
Effort on goal by Jerome Thomas from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.48:59
Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Ward, Alan Lee produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.47:06
Simon Church concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Tate. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +2:10 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.44:55
Foul by Michael Tonge on Adam Clayton, free kick awarded. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.42:38
Assist by Anthony Gerrard.42:38 Goal scored
Goal! - Adam Clayton - Huddersfld 2 - 2 Leeds Penalty taken right-footed by Adam Clayton and scored. Huddersfield 2-2 Leeds.41:40 Booking
Booking Luciano Becchio is booked.40:54
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Peltier on Alan Lee. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Ward from right wing, Luciano Becchio challenges Anthony Gerrard unfairly and gives away a Penalty.38:19
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Byram by Daniel Ward. Tom Lees takes the free kick.36:36
Assist on the goal came from Ross McCormack.36:36 Goal scored
Goal! - Luciano Becchio - Huddersfld 1 - 2 Leeds Luciano Becchio scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Huddersfield 1-2 Leeds.35:36
Ross McCormack has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.34:13
Jerome Thomas provided the assist for the goal.34:13 Goal scored
Goal! - Michael Tonge - Huddersfld 1 - 1 Leeds Michael Tonge fires in a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Huddersfield 1-1 Leeds.31:52
Jerome Thomas is ruled offside. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.30:20
Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Ward, Anthony Gerrard has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.29:41
Alan Lee fouled by Alan Tate, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Daniel Ward, Lee Peltier makes a clearance.27:35
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Chris Atkinson. Free kick taken by Tom Lees.26:29
Chris Atkinson takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.25:00
Foul by Joel Lynch on Paul Green, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Norris.22:01
The official flags Paul Green offside. Free kick taken by Alex Smithies.20:01
Unfair challenge on Alan Tate by Alan Lee results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.15:43
Foul by Scott Arfield on Samuel Byram, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.14:57
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Norris on Adam Clayton. Free kick taken by Peter Clarke.11:05
Daniel Ward provided the assist for the goal.11:05 Goal scored
Goal! - Chris Atkinson - Huddersfld 1 - 0 Leeds A goal is scored by Chris Atkinson from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Huddersfield 1-0 Leeds.9:50
Daniel Ward takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a comfortable save.6:28
Corner taken right-footed by Jerome Thomas, Peter Clarke manages to make a clearance.3:33
Luciano Becchio challenges Chris Atkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Clarke.3:00
Daniel Ward delivers the ball.2:09
Simon Church produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.0:00
The match gets underway.
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