Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United: Last five meetings at Hillsborough

JANUARY 2016: Lewis Cook gets away from Jack Hunt. PIC: Simon Hulme
JANUARY 2016: Lewis Cook gets away from Jack Hunt. PIC: Simon Hulme
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Saturday’s Yorkshire derby will see Leeds United attempt to chalk up their first away win of the season and finally bury memories of the 6-0 thrashing at Hillsborough two years ago.

Here’s a look at how United have fared at Hillsborough in recent fixtures.

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Leeds United 0 – January 16, 2016

Two second-half goals from on-loan Gary Hooper helped Sheffield Wednesday move into the play-off spots and beat bitter rivals Leeds United in the process.

A quiet first half saw just one clear-cut opportunity fall Leeds’ way. Stuart Dallas’ initial shot was parried by Lee Price, falling in the path of Lewis Cook. The youngster then saw his shot cleared off the line by French defender Vincent Sasso. Price was then called into action again, saving Luke Murphy’s effort.

Just 69 seconds in the second half, Hooper prodded the ball into the net after a goal-line scramble. His second came three minutes after, with Marco Silvestri gifting the striker with an open goal having failed to keep hold of Ross Wallace’s long-range effort.

A United set-piece resulted in a way back into the game courtesy of Liam Cooper’s back.

Despite initially awarding the goal, referee Anthony Taylor spoke to his fourth official and overturned his own decision. Wednesday were in the process of making a substitution at the time, and the oncoming player had ‘not been allowed sufficient time’ to make his way into the box and help to defend.

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 2 – April 25, 2015

Leeds United came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the Yorkshire derby, which ended a run of five straight defeats for the away side.

The Whites conceded a first-half penalty after Sam Byram brought down an onrushing Lloyd Isgorve, who was on loan from Premier League side Southampton. Chris Maguire converted from the spot, sending United goLkeeper Stuart Taylor the wrong way.

Wednesday, however, found difficulty creating chances in the second half, and Leeds capitalised. A free-kick, which deflected off the four-man wall, found its way into the path of Steve Morison. Kieran Lee’s tackle knocked the ball towards Charlie Taylor, who slid the ball under Keiran Westwood.

A fantastically-weighted ball from Byram then played through Morison, who finished at the second time of asking after his initial effort was saved by Westwood.

Sheffield Wednesday 6 Leeds United 0 – January 11, 2014

Sheffield Wednesday inflicted Leeds United’s worst defeat in 55 years as they came out 6-0 victors at Hillsborough.

Wednesday’s opener was courtesy of Rada Johnson, who volleyed home from close-range despite hints of offside. The Owls’ second was a combination of Kieran Lee and Atdhe Nuhiu. Lee broke into the penalty area before passing across goal to Nuhiu, who sweeped the ball into the net.

The second half began with the sending off of Matt Smith. The United frontman was seen to elbow Wednesday skipper Anthony Gardner when challenging for an aerial ball.

Paddy Kenny was then beaten at his near post by a long-range strike from Connor Wickham and Chris Maguire’s deflected free-kick also found its way past a stationary Kenny. A late brace from Caolan Lavery added insult to injury and helped Stuart Gray’s side to move away from the relegation zone.

Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 1 – October 19, 2012

Wednesday had the majority of chances in the first half. Kenny breathed a sigh of relief as Jay Bothroyd’s powerful effort slipped between his hands before hitting the crossbar and the Irish shot-stopper reclaimed the ball.

Bothroyd headed in just minutes before the half-time interval but his goal was later cancelled out by Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge, who hit a half-volley from outside of the box into the top right corner.

Celebrations for Tonge’s goal were, however, overshadowed by a fan who ran onto the field of play and attacked Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds United 1 – August 27, 2006

Leeds United absorbed early pressure from the hosts before going on to snatch the game with a second-half penalty from David Healy.

Wednesday went close on several occasions, with Tony Warner and Chris Brunt’s first-half efforts the most notable of chances for the home side.

United looked to cause havoc on the counter-attack, and it proved a good tactical decision mid-way through the second half as Healy raced through on goal before being brought to the ground by Lewis Price. Price received a red card and Healy stepped up to take the spot kick, which was beyond the reach of substitute goalkeeper Chris Adamson.

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