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Burnley v Leeds United – The Last Five

Turf Moor has been a happy hunting ground for Leeds United in recent times. Our last five trips over the border into Lancashire to meet the Clarets have resulted in four wins and just one defeat. We take the chance to take a look back at some happy memories, which have included some stunning comebacks.

Robert Snodgrass - Double strike stole all three points at Burnley last season
Robert Snodgrass - Double strike stole all three points at Burnley last season
Michael Regan

19th November 2011 – Burnley 1 Leeds United 2

Robert Snodgrass showed his worth to a watching nation as Leeds came from behind to snatch all three points in front of a lunchtime BBC audience. Simon Grayson’s men started the game slowly, unsurprising given the news which broke after the match that Andy O’Brien had refused to play in the game, meaning a late reshuffle in the back four. Burnley tore at Leeds from the kick off, scoring after just four minutes through Jay Rodriguez.

The game should have been out of sight before Snodgrass grabbed an equaliser 15 minutes from time, getting on the end of a Lloyd Sam cross to poke home a volley at the far post. A minute from time the Scottish international sent the travelling fans home happy with a scuffed effort into the bottom corner from a Nunez cross to steal the points for a second season running.

11th December 2012 – Burnley 2 Leeds United 3

One of my favourite ever away trips, featuring two superb moments of fans banter, as Leeds stormed back from 2-0 down to clinch a breath-taking win with an absolutely superb comeback.

It was the proverbial game of two halves as Leeds were shocking in going in at half time 2-0 down. Ryan Easton fired Burnley in front on 24 minutes, before Alex Bruce literally collapsed under pressure from Jay Rodriguez, falling over chasing a long punt and allowing the striker to slot past Kasper Schmiechel to double the lead just before the break and allow the Burnley DJ to play "Tom Hark" for a second time as Burnley’s goal music.

A stony faced Simon Grayson stormed off the pitch at half time, and using the Leeds fans singing above the players heads in the changing room as inspiration, Leeds came out to snatch the game away. An early header from Max Gradel gave Leeds the impetus they needed, before an inspirational run from Paul Connolly saw him provide a cross for Luciano Becchio to tap in the equaliser. With the away fans sucking Leeds forwards towards them in search of a winner, Jonny Howson strode forward from midfield with five minutes left to fire home from 20 yards out and give Leeds the victory. The goal saw the United fans break into an impromptu version of Burnley’s own goal music before taunting them with cries of "You should’ve gone Christmas shopping." Genius!

28th November 2006 – Burnley 2 Leeds United 1

Our only defeat at Turf Moor in the last five visits came under Dennis Wise in the Championship relegation season. The match saw Leeds field too many loan players, a mistake which led to a fine for the cash strapped club.

The sending off of Hayden Foxe for Leeds in the 52nd minute proved to be an obstacle too far for the struggling side and two goals in two minutes for Burnley midway through the second half took the match beyond United’s reach. The first game from Gifton Noel-Williams before Andy Gray doubled the Clarets lead with 20 minutes left. David Healey’s late goal was scant consolation as Leeds fell into the relegation zone.

15th October 2005 – Burnley 1 Leeds United 2

Another Saturday lunchtime kick off and another Leeds come from behind victory kept the Whites in the promotion hunt in a season which ultimately ended in play-off failure in Cardiff.

James O’Connor put Burnley in front on the hour with a penalty after a foul by Sean Gregan. But Leeds hit back with two goals in five minutes to nick the points. Eddie Lewis put Leeds level with a superb free kick from the edge of the box before Rob Hulse powered home a header to end a sweeping move and clinch the win. A scuffle in the tunnel after the match saw Shaun Derry collect a black eye, but Leeds were just happy to move into the play-off places.

5th February 2005 – Burnley 0 Leeds United 1

Leeds first season in the Championship following relegation from the top flight started with United just glad to be in business. By the time they travelled to Turf Moor in February they were harbouring outside hopes of a place in the playoffs. Ken Bates had just completed his purchase of the club and the first of many false dawns during his regime were strengthened by this 1-0 victory, which featured possibly the greatest moment in Gylfi Einarsson’s Leeds career. The Icelandic international was picked up after a tip from a supporter from his home country direct to the club. He headed home the winner in the second half to keep Leeds within touching distance of the play-off spots. Unfortunately only three more wins followed as the season petered out to a mid-table finish.