Blades humiliate Leeds
By Adam Marshall. Last Updated: 05/04/05 11:06pm
Sheffield United humiliated Yorkshire rivals Leeds United with a 4-0 win at Elland Road.
The Whites received jeers from the home crowd after goals from on-loan Danny Webber, Nick Montgomery and a brace from Andy Gray (pictured) gave The Blades a famous win on Tuesday evening.
Neil Warnock's side took 93 seconds to silence the Elland Road crowd when deadline-day signing Webber eluded the challenges of Simon Walton and Paul Butler before scoring his first goal for his new club from 16 yards.
The Watford player then had a chance for a second moments later, but the former Manchester United player scuffed his strike at Leeds goalkeeper Neil Sullivan in the box after Alan Quinn picked him out with his cross.
The home side then pressed for a leveller, with Danny Pugh, Seth Johnson and Rob Hulse trying their luck from distance, but the visitors doubled their lead on the half hour mark.
Quinn's cross from the by-line found the onrushing Montgomery to strike home for his first goal in more than 13 months from close range.
Hulse then hit the underside of the bar just before the break for Leeds - a shot that seemingly crossed the line - but the linesman was not well-placed to make a decision, as The Blades took a 2-0 lead into half time.
Leeds' hopes of a turnaround were ended soon after the restart, as Gray volleyed home Phil Jagielka's knockdown from the edge of the area for 3-0.
Gray then completed his brace with 16 minutes remaining when he converted his initial strike home on the rebound after fellow Scotland team-mate Sullivan made the save to his first shot.
There was a frightening injury scare in the build-up to Gray's second goal, as Butler had to be stretchered off with his head in a brace and taken to hospital after losing consciousness on the pitch and swallowing his tongue when he collided with Sullivan.
The result keeps Sheffield United two points adrift of the top six while Leeds' seemingly premature push for the play-offs looks to be at an end.