Steve Mori­son hit Leeds’ derby win­ner at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Steven Chicken

BOSS Neil Red­fearn hopes this victory will prove em­blem­atic of his reign af­ter Leeds picked up their first points in six games.

The tu­mult around El­land Road over the past few weeks has been sadly familiar for Leeds fans and the un­ex­plained sus­pen­sion of Red­fearn’s as­sis­tant Steve Thomp­son at the be­gin­ning of April pre­cip­i­tated five con­sec­u­tive losses.

But while United sup­port­ers have heard it all be­fore, the Leeds head coach is hope­ful that the club can now put hard times be­hind them both on and off the pitch.

Red­fearn said:“The plan is I’ve got next week’s train­ing and the game against Rother­ham, and then I’ve got to sit down with the owner and have a chat with him and see what he wants to do.

“I want to be at Leeds United and be suc­cess­ful. I don’t want to be at Leeds United and be a midtable side or fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion ev­ery year.

“I want to get this side out of this di­vi­sion be­cause it’s good enough. You see the sup­port­ers that turn up, they de­serve that.

“My voice needs to be heard, my ex­pe­ri­ence needs to be lis­tened to and then we need to get our heads to­gether and agree on things.

“I’m hop­ing that what’s been put in place and what we’ve built is utilised, whether I’m here or not.”

Wed­nes­day were forced on the de­fen­sive im­me­di­ately as Alex Mowatt went through on goal, but keeper Keiren West­wood came out well to make the stop.

Mowatt went close again on 14 min­utes, curl­ing a free­kick just wide of the post af­ter Jeremy He­lan felled Sam Byram on the edge of the box.

Byram him­self was at fault when Wed­nes­day went ahead 19 min­utes later, with the United winger foul­ing Lloyd Is­grove.

Leeds protested that the foul took place out­side the box, but re­plays sug­gest that ref­eree Robert Madley made the right call by giv­ing a penalty.

Chris Maguire’s sub­se­quent spot-kick was tame but enough to put Wed­nes­day ahead with Stu­art Tay­lor div­ing the wrong way.

They could have dou­bled their lead be­fore the break had Leeds ‘keeper Tay­lor not been on his toes to keep out for­mer Whites man Tom Lees.

Char­lie Tay­lor pulled Leeds level 12 min­utes af­ter half-time, ap­ply­ing the fi­nal touch af­ter Luke Mur­phy’s free-kick hit the Wed­nes­day wall and Steve Mori­son poked the ball on to the winger.

Mori­son went from cre­ator to scorer 15 min­utes later, tim­ing his run onto Byram’s through ball to per­fec­tion and shoot­ing past West­wood at the sec­ond at­tempt af­ter the ‘keeper closed down his ini­tial ef­fort.

It could have been worse for Wed­nes­day as Rudy Austin went through on goal in the last minute, but his pull-back went be­hind the run of for­mer Sh­effield United striker Billy Sharp.

Wed­nes­day manager Stu­art Gray said: “I thought we de­served to go in the lead – it was a penalty – but then we just couldn’t build on it.

“But the frus­trat­ing thing is that we gave away far too many free­kicks around the 18-yard box and so even­tu­ally you will get pun­ished.

“I’m hugely dis­ap­pointed for the 28,000 fans that have turned up, prob­a­bly 24,000 of them are Sh­effield Wed­nes­day fans.

“If we’re go­ing to get any­where then we need to make sure that this place be­comes a bit of a fortress.

“Our away form’s been ex­cel­lent and we’ve got 17 clean sheets, but our home form has not been ac­cept­able.

“It wasn’t as though Leeds played well to get the victory. Ev­ery­thing was self-in­flicted by the cheap free-kicks we gave away.”

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MOR THAN ENOUGH: Leeds play­ers cel­e­brate in front of their fans af­ter Steve Mori­son net­ted their win­ner Inset: Chris Maguire puts Sh­effield Wed­nes­day in front from the spot

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