By Andy Baggott
April 15 2013
Two goals from Luke Varney ensured that new boss Brian McDermott made a winning start to his Leeds managerial career, with a vital win against Sheffield Wednesday.
. Leeds were desperate for the points, as poor recent form has seen them somehow pulled into a relegation scrap, just a matter of weeks after chasing a play off place. The Championship is that kind of division, 2 or 3 wins can propel you from one end to the other.
The home side didn’t have the best of starts – falling behind to a Johnson goal in the first half. Leeds had chances though – the best of which was spurned by striker Steve Morison, in what was to prove to be a disappointing afternoon for the former Norwich forward.
At the break, McDermott made hi first real move – Diouf was brought on for the ineffective Norris. The Senegalese wide man made a huge difference, as the Elland road men suddenly started to retain the ball. Morison missed another gilt edged chance, delaying when clean through, and McDermott soon drew his afternoon to a close – White coming on to replace him. This lead to Varney going up front, and it paid dividends. Ross McCormack swung in an excellent cross, and Varney headed home. Not content with a draw, Leeds continued to press, and 6 minutes later were in front. Some great play by McCormack saw him drift across the Wednesday defence, before checking and floating in a great cross – Varney rose superbly to glance a header past the visitors keeper Kirkland and into the top corner. Wednesday pushed, and went close when Howard hit the post, but Leeds held on for the three points. The performance was far from perfect, and McDermott will have his work cut out turning the club around, but it was a positive start. Some brave calls were made by the former Reading boss, who was assisted by Neil Redfearn, and they paid off. With relegation only a distant possibility, it means McDermott can use these last 4 games to really assess the squad – starting tomorrow against Burnley..