Delph inspires five-star Whites
Fabian Delph treated Elland Road to a virtuoso midfield display as Leeds crushed Crewe 5-2.
Last Updated: 06/09/08 6:42pm
Teenager Fabian Delph treated Elland Road to a virtuoso midfield display the day after signing a four-year contract as Leeds grabbed their first home league win in style by crushing Crewe 5-2.
Leeds were five goals up until defender Lubo Michalik was sent off in injury-time for violent conduct and Calvin Zola headed in Billy Jones' cross from the free kick before Eugene Bopp added another consolation goal with the aid of a deflection.
Delph showed immense promise against a Crewe side with only one league victory this season and he crowned the performance with a spectacular first senior goal to spark the romp.
The youngster's speculative 30-yard shot struck one post and went in off the other with keeper Steve Collis well beaten in the 26th minute and, 10 minutes later, Collis should have saved Alan Sheehan's long range shot from the left but could only help the ball over his head and in off the bar.
Delph was full of running and repeatedly had Crewe back-pedalling to make it a frustrating return to the ground for former Leeds striker Anthony Elding.
Jonathan Douglas increased the embarrassment for Collis with another goal from well outside the penalty box in the 49th minute, substitute Andy Robinson crossed for Jermaine Beckford to head the fourth on 66 minutes and Robinson fired in the fifth with eight minutes left when he curled the ball into the far corner from 20 yards.