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Saturday, October 16, 1999 Published at 18:21 GMT


Smith sinks Wednesday

Desperate measures: Danny Sonner pulls back Leeds striker Michael Bridges

Leeds 2-0 Sheff Wed

Alan Smith's second half double kept Leeds top and Wednesday bottom after the Owls had run the show at Elland Road.


Stuart Hall: "Leeds made it a club record of nine wins in a row"
The young striker pounced twice in six minutes to give Leeds the points after bold Wednesday had created enough chances to coast it.

Leeds' victory equalled a 1931 club record of nine consecutive wins.

But it was tough on Danny Wilson's men - although the manager can take heart as the Owls maintained the attacking spirit which had produced nine goals in the previous two games.


[ image: Harry Kewell launches a Leeds attack as Petter Rudi finds no way through]
Harry Kewell launches a Leeds attack as Petter Rudi finds no way through
The visitors took the game to Leeds. Gilles De Bilde ran at the defence and shaved the post with a shot.

And the Belgian striker was not far over with a drive after he ran onto Andy Hinchcliffe's long ball.

Danny Sonner's powerful header clipped the outside of a post and unmarked Andy Booth put a header over from 10 yards.

But Leeds woke up after the break and Michael Bridges was close with a chip after being put through on the right hand side of the area.

Double strike

Lee Bowyer headed over after Harry Kewell's vicious centre cut open the defence, then Bridges, tearing into the area, put the ball into the crowd when he should have found the net.

The former Sunderland striker then showed his frustration by upending Wednesday keeper Pavel Srnicek with a late tackle for which he was booked. Bridges soon gave way to Darren Huckerby and the switch proved vital.

Huckerby's shot on 72 minutes was spilled by Srnicek to give Smith a tap-in.

Then six minutes later Huckerby's run and cross caused panic in the defence and when the ball came back off a post Smith poked it home.

Wednesday were left kicking themselves having squandered a great chance moments before Leeds' first goal.

Quickfire passing put Niclas Alexandersson through on goal but Nigel Martyn rushed out to save and Jonathon Woodgate and Gary Kelly blocked the loose ball. From the resulting corner, Booth was brilliantly denied by the diving Martyn.

Leeds: Martyn, Mills, Woodgate, Radebe, Kelly, Bowyer, Batty, McPhail, Kewell, Smith, Bridges. Subs: Haaland, Hopkin, Huckerby, Bakke, Robinson.

Sheff Wed: Srnicek, Atherton, Walker, Thome, Hinchcliffe, Alexandersson, Sonner, Jonk, Rudi, Booth, De Bilde. Subs: Sibon, Cresswell, Nolan, Briscoe, Pressman.

Referee: G Barber (Pyrford)



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