IT’S more than 50 years since Huddersfield Town last rode roughshod over Leeds United on their own turf quite like they did in this 66th neighbourly league meeting.
And you have to go back to 1925-26, the season the club completed their celebrated hat trick of league titles, to find a more handsome Town victory at Elland Road.
David Wagner’s side didn’t have it all their own way.
But that only made the 27th win in the series (Leeds have 22) which matched the second-tier triumph of September 1960 sweeter still.
They showed composure and character in equal measure - and Nahki Wells, take a bow!
Lesser men might have gone to pieces after missing a 11th-minute penalty, then hearing the gloating chants of the home fans in a season’s best Leeds crowd of 29,311.
But revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Bermudian played a big part in a win Town’s 2,082 travelling supporters will dine on for a long time to come.
It all seemed to be going so wrong when keeper Marco Silvestri dived to his right to block Wells’ spot kick, then Stuart Dallas headed a 22nd-minute home opener from Liam Bridcutt’s deep cross.
Leeds had won their last four meetings with Town and were chasing a fourth straight Championship victory, with some of the faithful even talking of a late play-off push.
Town supporters were more worried about the situation at the other end of the table, so this was a big, big success.
Skipper Mark Hudson, who had a fine game, kicked off the comeback by heading home from a corner in the 41st minute.
Just before the break is traditionally a good time to score.
But few among either set of fans could have foreseen what was to come.
Helped by the half-time introduction of Harry Bunn in place of ineffective debutant Rajiv van La Parra, Town, who then replaced Jamie Paterson with Karim Matmour and Philip Billing with Emyr Huws, notched three times in nine minutes.
Bunn volleyed the first from another corner, won when Wells put pressure on Silvestri to force a sliced clearance kick, and it was great to see Town again make use of a set-piece.
Then Wells latched onto Tommy Smith’s upfield delivery, checked back to leave Sol Bamba trailing, and squared for Matmour to stroke home his first Town goal.
It was an unselfish act by the top scorer, but he soon got his chance to notch a 16th of the season, lashing home a drive from Joe Lolley’s pass to finish an incisive counter attack in real style.
Steve Evans’ side were in disarray, and as the Scot started to digest a first managerial defeat by Town, disgruntled home supporters were heading for the exits.
Not so the Town followers, who celebrated long and hard.