Competition: First Division.
Referee: Mr P. Don (Middlesex).
After such an impressive
return to the First Division, United were tipped as title contenders by several
pundits, particularly as the side had been strengthened by the arrival of
The championship race was
developing into a two-horse affair between the Uniteds
of Leeds and
Wednesday had not lost at
home for fourteen matches, but Howard Wilkinson, back at Hillsborough for the
first time since leaving the Owls to manage United, had a glorious return. To
rub salt into
After that United took total control with Rod Wallace and Tony Dorigo creating havoc down the left. It was no surprise when Dorigo thumped home a twenty-five yard free-kick on the half hour to increase United’s lead, but Wednesday briefly crept into the game via a controversial thirty-seventh minute penalty.
Gordon Watson went down
exaggeratedly and spectacularly with no contact from any
Leeds were in no mood to feel sorry for themselves and two minutes before the interval Lee Chapman headed in Gary Speed’s superb left wing cross to restore United’s two goal cushion. Chapman completed his hat-trick on sixty-five minutes, when he nodded in from close range after a Gary Speed header came back off the bar. Four minutes later a towering header by substitute Mike Whitlow made it 5-1.
Leeds were in irresistible
mood and Wallace wrapped up the scoring four minutes from the end when he cut
through the Wednesday defence and clipped the ball
past Chris Woods. It was United’s best away victory
since their 7-3 thumping of
Lee Chapman (3), Tony Dorigo, Mike Whitlow
and Rod Wallace scored for
Gordon Strachan, injured, and David Batty, suspended, were
Chris Woods was in the With John Sheridan in midfield were Chris Bart-Williams, and future United players
Wednesday goal Carlton Palmer and Nigel Worthington
Roland Nilsson and Phil King were the full-backs Nigel Pearson and Viv Anderson formed the central defence
Gordon Watson and Nigel Jemson were the starting strikers John Harkes and Paul Williams came on as substitutes