United return to winning ways at home...
UNITED 4 (Paynter 45, 72 McCormack 46, 48), PETERBOROUGH 1 (Newell 37)
United: Lonergan, Lees, Bromby, O'Dea, Taylor (Robinson 46), Snodgrass, Clayton, Pugh, Rogers (Webber 12), Paynter (Becchio 90), McCormack. Subs: Bruce, Nunez.
Peterborough: Jones, Zakuani, Alcock, Brisley, Frecklington, Rowe, McCann (Tomlin 61), Newell, Boyd, Barrnett, Taylor Subs: Lewis, Little, Kearns, Ball.
Referee: D Phillips
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United boss Neil Warnock rang the changes for the penultimate home game of the season with Charlie Taylor, Robbie Rogers, Billy Paynter, and Leigh Bromby all named in the starting line-up.
United started the contest brightly and there were some good blocks in the opening few minutes, including a vital one by Shaun Brisley to deny Robert Snodgrass.
But one of those changes made by Warnock proved to be short-lived with Robbie Rogers limping out of the action after just 12 minutes, following what appeared to be a knock the ankle. He was replaced by Danny Webber.
The visitors created their first opening inside 15 minutes when Tyrone Bennett did well to get a cross in, but Paul Taylor headed wide. Taylor also cashed in on a defensive slip to tee up George Boyd, but his shot was wide of the mark.
Moments later, Tom Lees had to be alert to deny Barnett after a cross was whipped in behind the Leeds defence.
When United came forward, Bromby rattled the bar with a header and as the game passed the half-hour mark United were having slightly the better of what was an open contest.
But it was the visitors who took the lead. Joe Newell capitalised on some sloppy defending and was able to work himself an opening before tucking the ball beyond Andy Lonergan from a tight angle.
Lonergan had another good save to make before half-time, while United had a couple of free-kick attempts, one of which went over the bar.
And right on the stroke of half-time, Paynter found an equaliser after Paul Jones failed to hold a free-kick, and the striker was on hand to score his first goal of the season.
It was 2-1 at the start of the second half when Ross McCormack converted a chance from close range following the very first attack of the half.
And it was three within two minutes when McCormack got on the end of an Adam Clayton cross to net his second of the game.
The quickfire burst all-but eliminated the visitors from the contest and, with Robert Snodgrass looking to dictate, United knocked the ball around at will as the game headed past the hour mark.
There was still time for a fourth goal, though, Paynter scoring his second of the afternoon after more good build-up play.
And the same marksman fired wide on 84 minutes after a cheeky flick from Clayton teed up with a half chance.
As the clock ticked down, Clayton had a shot saved by Jones and Danny Webber curled an effort wide, but it mattered little as Warnock's side eased to a first home win since mid-February.