Wickham helps six-shooters Wednesday humiliate Leeds

LOAN EXTENSION? ... Connor Wickham.
LOAN EXTENSION? ... Connor Wickham.
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On-loan Sunderland striker Connor Wickham was again among the goals as Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a day to remember, crushing dismal Leeds United 6-0 in the Championship at Hillsborough today.

It was the Owls’ biggest-ever Yorkshire derby win against Leeds – and extended their unbeaten run to five.

First-half goals from defender Reda Johnson and big striker Atdhe Nuhiu – with Wickham involved in the build-up – put Wednesday firmly in control and after Leeds substitute Matt Smith had been sent off two minutes into the second period, Wickham added a killer third.

Wickham’s backheel spun kindly off Jacques Maghoma and the forward powered into the left edge of the area before drilling a low left-footed shot inside Kenny’s near post.

Chris Maguire’s deflected free-kick in the 67th minute and substitute Caolan Lavery’s superb late double ensured Leeds slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season and not since a 4-0 victory in October 1955 have Wednesday enjoyed such a comfortable win against their White Rose rivals.

* More pictures and reaction in tonight’s online Football Echo – available around 6pm