Sheffield Wed v Leeds United: Last five meetings at Hillsborough

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Leeds have a mixed record at Hillsborough over the last five times that they have played at the ground, but the Whites’ utter capitulation last season has overshadowed the better displays.

The Elland Road side have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five games away against Sheffield Wednesday.

Sunday, April 30, 2000: Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds United 3

David Hopkin sent Leeds on their way to a big away victory after only a minute, firing past Kevin Pressman after excellent work by Michael Bridges on the edge of the area. Bridges would then continue his goalscoring form that season by curling a shot into the bottom right corner.

The pick of the goals was undoubtedly Harry Kewell’s. The then-ultra talented youngster spotted Pressman off his line and chipped him with the outside of his left foot, the ball rebounding off the bar and landing over the line.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 0

Wednesday won their first league game of the season under Paul Sturrock. Chris Eagles put Wednesday ahead after only nine minutes, his crossed free-kick into the area evading everyone before finding its way into the back of the net.

Leeds tried to find their way back into the game but struggled to break Wednesday down, despite Kevin Blackwell throwing on strikers Robbie Blake and Rob Hulse. Future United player David Lucas was key for the Sheffield side in goal, saving shot after shot.

Sunday, August 27, 2006: Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds United 1

Goalkeeper Brad Jones was dismissed in the 67th minute of this game for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, and David Healy secured the win by converting the resulting penalty kick.

A series of Wednesday players missed good chances to earn a draw, including Deon Burton, who should have scored twice.

Friday, October 19, 2012: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 1

A stop-start game that has become more famous for an incident involving Chris Kirkland and a Leeds fan following Michael Tonge’s fantastic equalising volley. The fan ran onto the pitch to celebrate Tonge’s goal before striking Kirkland.

Elsewhere in the match, a series of bad challenges contributed to a tempestuous atmosphere. Jay Bothroyd had initially sent Wednesday ahead prior to Tonge’s strike.

Saturday, January 11, 2014: Sheffield Wednesday 6 Leeds United 0

Not a day to remember for anyone involved. Prior to the game, there was significant excitement surrounding the signing of wingers Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart on loan, but neither player made much of an impact.

Leeds’ defence was repeatedly torn asunder, with Marius Zaliukas a particularly bad performer on the day. Goals from Reda Johnson, Atdhe Nuhiu, Connor Wickham, Chris Maguire and a brace from Caolan Lavery put Leeds to the sword.

Matt Smith was also sent off after less than a minute on the pitch, having been introduced as a half-time substitute.

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