Leeds dedicate 4-0 win to Gary Speed as fans pay tribute
LEEDS manager Simon Grayson dedicated his side's 4-0 win at Nottingham Forest to Gary Speed last night as the club's supporters paid their own affectionate tribute.
Grayson played, trained, roomed and earned his coaching badges with Elland Road old boy Speed, who died at the weekend, and asked his Leeds players to win the game at the City Ground for his friend.
Goals from Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson, Luciano Becchio and Adam Clayton ensured they did, keeping Leeds fifth in the npower Championship.
Fans paid their tributes to Speed in what was the first game any of his five former clubs had played since the tragic news broke. A minute's applause was participated in by all as historic rivalries dating back to the feuds of Brian Clough and Don Revie were shelved.
The travelling support also stuck to a pre-match plan of singing Speed's name for 11 minutes - 11 being his old shirt number for Leeds - during the first half.
At full-time, Grayson went to the away end and pointed to the sky before leaving the field in tears.
"It's been a difficult couple of days for myself and Gary's family, supporters of Leeds United and supporters in general," Grayson said.
"Gary Speed was a fantastic person and I wanted my players to go out and produce a performance for him tonight.
"That was right out of the top locker of our performances tonight. It was very poignant that the first goal (from Snodgrass) came right as the 11 minutes of singing ended and was a left-footed shot.
"Gary Speed scored many goals like that. It's been difficult, but I'm a very proud manager tonight. I'm delighted to have got a result for Gary Speed."
Leaders Southampton came from behind to secure a 21st straight home victory, as they beat past Nick Barmby's Hull 2-1.
Robert Koren put the visitors ahead in the 43rd minute but Saints hit back through Guly Do Prado in the 48th minute before Adam Lallana headed the winner seven minutes later. Hull substitute Robbie Brady was sent off 11 minutes from the end.
Second-placed West Ham stayed within two points of the Saints after securing their seventh away win of the season at Middlesbrough. Frederic Piquionne opened the scoring with a ninth-minute header and Carlton Cole made it 2-0 in injury time.
Leicester promised better times ahead under Nigel Pearson at the King Power Stadium with a 2-0 win over Blackpool, their goals coming from Andy King and Neil Danns.
Craig Mackail-Smith scored the only goal of the game as Brighton edged Derby 1-0 at Pride Park, while Chris McCann's double helped Burnley hammer struggling Ipswich 4-0.
Bottom club Doncaster went down 3-2 at Millwall, Bristol City maintained their good run as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Watford, while late goals from Adam Le Fondre and Hal Robson-Kanu helped Reading to a 3-2 win over Peterborough at the Madejski Stadium.