By Russ Vernon
Friday 19th October 2012
Hillsborough, Att: 28,582 (5300)
Sheffield Wed 1 - 1 Leeds United
Bothroyd 43' Tonge 76'
Team: Kenny, Byram, Lees, Pearce, Peltier, White, Austin, Brown, Tonge, Diouf, Becchio
Subs: Ashdown, Drury, Green, Norris (on for Austin 46), Varney (on for Peltier 68), Gray, Hall
Michael Tonge scored a beaut of a volley to help Leeds United to a 1-1 draw against Yorkshire Rivals Sheffield Wednesday after Jay Bothroyd had put the Owls infront, but we were all talking about 'moron' Aaron Cawley after he attacked Chris Kirkland after Tonge scored for the Whites.
It wasn't the best of opening 10 minutes or so for Leeds as Paddy Kenny was the busier keeper after making a string of saves to keep the scores level.
The Owls, who have been on the bad run of late looked as if they were going to change the run after creating the best chances of the first half. It took 20 minutes for Leeds to test Kirkland via Tonge when he hit a free-kick destined for the top corner, with the former England keeper making a brilliant save.
Wednesday felt annoyed before the half-hour when the referee failed to spot Luciano Becchio's handball which would have resulted in a penalty to the home side and a red card for the Argentine striker.
Wednesday were still having the better of things but Tonge almost picked out Becchio with a cross which had Kirkland all at sea.
With the first half petering out the Owls got the breakthrough two minutes before half time, when Bothroyd rose the highest to head home a long-throw from Miguel Llera.
At the break Boss Neil Warnock made a change with Jamaican midfielder Rodolph Austin being replaced by David Norris.
As the second half started there were two bookings for the hosts via Daniel Jones and Antony Gardner as Leeds started the half brighter and Tonge's free-kick went over the bar.
As the game passed the hour mark it wasn't that entertaining as the clash was looking really scrappy, but Bothroyd fluffed a half-chance for the Owls and Gardner won a corner after his shot was blocked over the bar.
On 65 minutes Leeds were on the front foot and Michael Brown had a shot blocked and there were appeals for a handball after Norris had an effort blocked.
Leeds were forced to make a change when skipper Lee Peltier picked up a knock, he was replaced by winger Luke Varney.
With less than 15 on the clock United were level when Tonge struck home beautiful volley for the equalise,r but the celebrations were marred as Wednesday keeper Kirkland was attacked by 'moron' Aaron Cawley and had to recieve treatment.
There were little chances for either side as the game headed towards the five minutes added .
And that was that the points were shared but the talking point wasn't the game but the 'moron' who attacked Kirkland.
Kenny 7, Byram 6, Lees 6, Pearce 6, Peltier 5, White 7, Austin 5, Brown 7, Tonge 8, Diouf 5, Becchio 6. Subs: Norris 6, Varney 5.
"I felt embarrassed to be a manager, it was an absolute disgrace. I think they should get the guy, prosecute him, and put him in prison. There's no place at all for that.
Listen, he (Kirkland) went down like a ton of bricks, but that doesn't make a difference. There's no way he should be on the pitch doing that, I hope we can make an absolute issue of it.
"It spoilt everything for everybody. When I see a moron like that I'm not proud to be Leeds manager. I don't mind the rivalry - elbows flying, penalties missed by the referee - but to see things like that...I'm absolutely embarrassed.
"They had enough security men, but if you've got a person like him with what must be a five-year-old's mentality then you can't stop it."
"Dave was saying we shouldn't thank the crowd but our crowd were fantastic. All of them apart from one moron were excellent."