Date: 20th October 2012 at 7:05am
Written by:

Michael Tonge grabbed a late leveller for Leeds in the Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday looked like they were going to end a barren run of one point from seven games after Jay Bothroyd had headed them into a first half lead but Tonge scored from the edge of the area to earn Leeds a point.

Chris O`Grady had the first chance of the evening for the home side but his glancing header was easy for Paddy Kenny in the Leeds goal.

Kenny was then nearly embarrassed when he fumbled a long-range shot from Bothroyd. His blushes were spared when the ball came back off the crossbar.

The chance lifted the home side and Michail Antonio missed a great chance when he headed over from close range when unmarked.

Leeds only real chance of the first half fell to Michael Tonge when Chris Kirkland in the Wednesday goal pushed his free kick wide.

Wednesday had strong penalty appeals turned down shortly afterwards, when a clear handball in the area by Luciano Becchio was missed by referee Eddie Ilderton.

The home side took the lead just before half time when Bothroyd headed home a long-throw from Antonio.

Leeds boss Neil Warnock replaced Rodolph Austin at half time with the Jamaican international obviously struggling after only returning from international duty on the eve of the game.

David Norris replaced Austin in midfield and quickly gave Leeds more impetus in midfield.

Tonge went close again for Leeds with the first chance of the second half when his free kick just cleared the bar.

Michail Antonio was a constant thorn in the Leeds side down the left and he was instrumental in most of the home side`s attacks.

Anthony Gardner came close to doubling the lead when his effort was deflected over and Antonio also saw a shot deflected wide.

Tonge equalised for Leeds with thirteen minutes remaining after a sweeping move from Leeds found him on the edge of the area and he gave Kirkland no chance.

A Leeds fan struck Kirkland in the aftermath of the goal, which is surely going to be the main talking point of the game and the incident seemed to affect the game as a whole, as it petered out into a 1-1 draw.


Sheffield Wednesday
Kirkland, Buxton, Llera, Gardner, Jones, Semedo, Corry (Mayor 84), Barkley, Antonio, Bothroyd, O’Grady (Madine 84)

Subs not used
Bywater, Taylor, J.Johnson, Pecnik, Rodri.

Kenny, Peltier (Varney 68), Lees, Pearce, White, Austin (Norris 46), Brown, Tonge, Becchio, Diouf, Byram

Subs not used
Ashdown, Drury, Green, Gray, Hall.

Join Vital Leeds
Join The Vital Debate

Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club

The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with over 200 members since its formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.

The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.

Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!
With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It’s easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .

Bookmark and Share

Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!

Vital Leeds on: facebook

Vital Leeds on: twitter

Join Vital Leeds

It’s easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!


Your Comment