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Sheffield Wednesday registered their biggest-ever Yorkshire derby win against Leeds United with a 6-0 thrashing yesterday to increase the pressure on Brian McDermott. First-half goals from Reda Johnson and Atdhe Nuhiu put Wednesday firmly in control and after Matt Smith, the Leeds striker, was sent off for a foul on Johnson two minutes into the second half, Connor Wickham added a third. Chris Maguire's deflected free-kick in the 67th minute and substitute Caolan Lavery's superb late double completed the rout. McDermott claimed last week's 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Rochdale was his lowest ebb as a manager, but this Championship defeat plunged him deeper into despair. Asked if he could take any positives from the display, McDermott said: "Are you serious? It's public humiliation as far as I'm concerned. That was just unbelievable. It doesn't matter about being lower than the Rochdale game, that's just humiliating for all of us. It's a terrible time for Leeds United, the supporters and us." Stuart Gray, Wednesday's caretaker manager, believes the win will increase his chances of being appointed as Dave Jones' successor. "I've got to sit down and have a glass of wine with the chairman," said Gray. "It was a good performance, hopefully a 6-0 win will help me to get the job."

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Rochdale registered one of the shocks of the FA Cup third round yesterday as the League Two side sent Leeds United crashing out with a 2-0 win at Spotland. Goals towards the end of each half from Scott Hogan and Ian Henderson secured a place in the fourth round and Brian McDermott's in-form Championship team could have few complaints after a poor display. The hosts took a deserved lead at the end of the first half when Hogan drifted between Marius Zaliukas and Jason Pearce to meet Peter Vincenti's cross and send a looping header over Paddy Kenny for his 11th goal of the season. The result was sealed in the 83rd minute when Graham Cummins picked out Henderson who volleyed into the top corner.

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Martinez is still searching for his first win

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