Nahki Wells shoots for goal in the first half. *Photo courtesy of Twitter @htafcdotcom
Nahki Wells shoots for goal in the first half. *Photo courtesy of Twitter @htafcdotcom
Nahki Wells endured a nightmare West Yorkshire derby as Huddersfield Town were caught up in the incredible developments at Leeds United.
The Bermudian missed a number of crucial chances at Elland Road – one when the game was  poised at 1-1 - before United ran riot in the second half to finish 5-1 winners.
Before the match Leeds had confirmed the buyout by the Italian Cellino family and had sacked their manager Brian McDermott, who was replaced by caretaker boss Nigel Gibbs on the teamsheet.
It gave the game a rare intensity as furious home fans chanted McDermott’s name throughout. The most unbelievable twist, however, came after the game when the club released a statement insisting the manager had not been sacked and that the club ‘look forward to him continuing in his role for us’.
The uncertainty and anger within the ground had initially given Town an advantage and they went ahead through Danny Ward on 24 minutes.
Terriers’ record signing Wells then had a golden chance to extend the away side’s lead when he was sent clean through, only to shoot wide with just Paddy Kenny to beat.
Soon after, Ross McCormack equalised, the half-time whistle was blown and Leeds were amazingly galvanised.
Jimmy Kebe made it 2-1 in the second half before Wells missed another great opportunity when he volleyed wide from the penalty spot. The 23-year-old fired wide again soon after and it wasn’t long before the game turned to disaster for Town.
McCormack scored two more to complete his hat-trick, with youngster Alex Mowatt making it five to cap a horrible second half for Town.

Live match blog by Gary Foster Skelton

12:56am: FULL TIME: Ward opened the scoring for Huddersfield, Wells couldn't make it happen this time and Leeds, with a McCormack hat-trick to boot, ended the match with a 5-1 win. Check back at later for a match report from James Burton.
12:48am: Gerrard heads down the tunnel injured, which means Huddersfield, having used all substitutions, may finish with ten men.
12:44am: GOAL!: Mowatt makes it 5-1 to Leeds after a goal-face mix up between Smithies and Gerrard.
12:37am: Huddersfield make their final substitution, as Martin Paterson replaces Nahki Wells.
12:35am: GOAL! Leeds are now 4-1 ahead after McCormack makes his hat-trick.
12:26am: GOAL! The hosts broke free from a Huddersfield attack, and McCormack puts Leeds 3-1 up.
12:24am: Ward found Wells in front of Leeds' goal, but Nahki struck wide.
12:20am: Terriers tried to equalise with volley from Ward, but it goes wide.
12:16am: GOAL! Leeds have taken the lead after a goal from Kebe.
12:13am: Back in action. No subs either side.
11:53am: Half Time - the teams go into the tunnel 1-1.
11:52am: Equaliser! Following a couple of shots at goal from Nahki Wells, the hosts turned the tables and McCormack found the goal.
11:45am: Leeds have been fighting back, winning a corner moments after the goal, but Huddersfield are bringing the fight to them. Leeds' Austin shot went wide.
11:28am: GOAL! Danny Ward has scored after a great run and pass from Calum Woods.
11:20am: A tight game so far. Hosts Leeds had the first big chance early on, but Huddersfield' striking team have been creating chances. Wells and Ward worked a one-two to be stopped by Bryam, while Wells one shot go wide and another hit the outside of the net.
11:01am: Game on! Huddersfield Town, in their red-and-black away kit, kicked off.
10:58am: A game between geographically-close teams is always a little more personal, and the atmosphere at Elland Road is building as the crowd waits for the teams to emerge. Read what Nahki Wells had to say about the derby HERE.
10:50am: Nahki Wells and his teammates at Huddersfield Town are moments away from kick-off at Elland Road as they face West Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Manager Mark Robins' men will be hoping for their third straight victory over Leeds, and their first away Championship win since December 3rd against Bolton.

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