On this day: 2004 - Brian Deane enjoys highpoint of second Leeds spell with four goals in 6-1 win

Brian Deane - Leeds United celebrates one of his 4 goals

Deane scored 38 league goals across two spells with Leeds United.

Brian Deane - Leeds United celebrates one of his 4 goalsBrian Deane

Like many of the squad that Kevin Blackwell had to put together for Leeds United's first campaign in the Championship in 2004, Brian Deane's arrival partly appealed due to the fact that the veteran striker cost the club nothing at a time when desperate measures were already becoming the norm at the Yorkshire club.

And while the striker's return to Elland Road largely proved to be a disappointment, on November 20th 2004, he reminded the Elland Road faithful just what he had been capable of during his first spell when they played Queens Park Rangers.

The Whites went into the game off the back of a poor run of form that had seen them lose five of their previous six while QPR had won two of their last four. 

The game appeared set to go with the formbook when Gareth Ainsworth gave the visitors the lead two minutes in with a stunning effort that found the top corner from 25 yards out. 

Leeds' equaliser seven minutes later was just as classy however, as David Healy looped a volley over the Hoops' goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

Then Deane bagged his first as a cross towards the back post found the then 36-year-old, who calmly volleyed the ball home to give Leeds a 2-1 lead after just 13 minutes.

Brian Deane - Leeds United scores one of his 4 goals

Jermaine Wright would add Leeds' third midway through the first-half as he reacted first to score a tap-in after his initial effort was saved. 

Deane would complete his hat-trick by scoring twice in the final three minutes of the first-half to put the game beyond doubt. Leeds went into the break 5-1 ahead. 

Their first chance to make it six would came from the penalty spot. However, justice was served as David Healy's effort was saved after the referee had given the softest of decisions against the away side.

Brian Deane - Leeds United celebrates one of his 4 goals

But Deane would round off the scoring when he headed home from close range with just under 20 minutes to go to give Leeds a 6-1 win that would prove perhaps the brightest point in a very unspectacular season for the Whites.

And it would also prove to be the high point from Deane's second spell with United. He would score just seven times in all competitions before departing for Sunderland towards the end of the season. 

Nevertheless, his performance on this day 12 years ago, in conjunction with the contribution he made during his first spell, ensured that he remains a hero amongst the supporters. 

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