By Keith Ingham
Neil Warnock had to change the team for the first time in seven games due to injuries to Ross McCormack and Steve Morison, and Norris was dropped.
Habib Habibou made his first start with El Hadji Diouf partnering him up front. Rodolph Austin came in midfield for David Norris. Leeds started brightly with Varney hitting the bar early on, he should have scored and nearly every game gets in good positions only to fluff the finish. Habibou was booked early for upending a Town player, a silly booking so early in the game but maybe a lack of game time contributed to that. Adam Clayton was singled out for a 'bit of treatment' by the Leeds faithful, not surprising after his antics after scoring in the previous fixture between the teams.
Huddersfield were next to have a chance when Vaughan headed against the bar when in a equally good position to score. El Hadji Diouf was pulling the strings for the home side and had a chance saved brilliantly by Smithies, Varney hit over when in a good position in the area. Ward tested Kenny in stoppage time but the Leeds keeper saved superbly.
The second half started slower but the first goal came on 54 minutes, when Danns scored from inside the box. Leeds made changes, Hall and White coming on for Habibou and Green. Within two minutes Aidy White seized on a poor clearance to equalise. Game on we hoped, Ward had a effort saved and Byram sent a shot wide. Ex Leeds hero Beckford entered to a warm welcome from both sets of fans with around fifteen minutes to go. Leeds were unlucky not to go in front when Austin's fierce shot came back off the bar. With time nearly up, Town claimed the points when Vaughan beat Kenny from inside the area on 86 minutes. Byram had a late chance from a corner but it went over and that was that.
The defeat confirmed what most of us had known for a while, Leeds would still be in the Championship in 2013/14. I said around January this squad wasn't up for challenging the top six and unfortunately I've been proven right.
Man of the Match : Sam Byram, great runs and unlucky with a few efforts on goal. He is the best thing to come out of this season. I'll finish with this...
Wally Warnock's Words of Wisdom:
"Realistically we're running out of games and [the owners] GFH know my situation, I speak to them on a regular basis. Once we're out of contention for the Premier League they know I won't be having another year in the Championship. "They've got to look after themselves really. We've spoken about my successor, about people coming in if mathematically it's impossible to get into the play-offs."
Time to go Mr Warnock !
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