Leeds ignore crisis to rout rivals
A review of Saturday's action in the Sky Bet Championship as Leeds produced a remarkable performance to beat Huddersfield 5-1.
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Ross McCormack scored a hat-trick as Leeds' players made a mockery of their club's off-the-field meltdown over the bizarre U-turn sacking of manager Brian McDermott by beating Huddersfield 5-1 at Elland Road.
Confusion around McDermott's position at the club continued at the end of Saturday's game when the club said he had not been sacked and remained in charge, despite the manager receiving a phone call on Friday night informing him he had been dismissed before Italian businessman Massimo Cellino had even taken control.
The 75 per cent takeover of the Sky Bet Championship club by Cagliari owner Cellino is still subject to Football League approval.
Things looked like getting worse for Leeds when Danny Ward gave Huddersfield a deserved lead but McCormack and Jimmy Kebe soon swung the game in United's favour.
McCormack, who committed his future to Leeds and McDermott 24 hours ago amid a bid from Cardiff, then added his second and third goals before Alex Mowatt made it five.
Second-half substitute Phillips headed past Lee Camp with 10 minutes remaining but the furious home side were certain the whole of the ball did not cross the line.
Referee Darren Drysdale consulted with his assistant and the goal stood.
Home debutant Kevin Doyle exchanged goals with Danny Ings before Richard Dunne fired Rangers ahead before the break.
Sam Vokes then scored twice to turn the game around until West Ham flop Maiga, who had moved to Loftus Road on loan barely 12 hours earlier, climbed off the bench to net a precious equaliser.
The Rams had only Craig Bryson's saved penalty to show for their efforts in the first half and it was the inexperienced hosts who took the lead through Brian Howard's 48th-minute header.
Derby equalised seconds later through Patrick Bamford before Chris Martin and Craig Forsyth seemed to have wrapped up the win for the visitors.
However, Chris Burke's 78th-minute strike kept City in touch before fellow substitute Macheda, signed on loan from Manchester United on Friday, stabbed home an unlikely leveller.
Marvin Sordell's third-minute goal had looked like giving the Addicks a lifeline at the foot of the table but substitutes Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jordi Gomez turned the game on its head by scoring goals at the death.
Pogrebnyak broke the deadlock following a Stephen Bywater howler just before half-time and centre-back Pearce volleyed home Reading's second in the 72nd minute. Williams then added a third four minutes later.
Wednesday won 1-0 despite having Jermaine Johnson sent off, as Barnsley finished with nine men after debutants Emmanuel Frimpong and Jacob Mellis were dismissed.
David McGoldrick scored his 15th goal of the season, this time from the penalty spot following a mistake by visiting keeper Andy Lonergan, as Ipswich beat Bolton 1-0 at Portman Road to keep their play-off push on track.
David Dunn opened the scoring in the first half with a powerful left-footed finish from the edge of the area, and Hanley headed in a second late on.