Hard earned victory moves Whites up to twelth
30 Nov 2020 08:54 am, by Ellandback1
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Hard earned victory moves Whites up to 12th
A hard fought, though well deserved victory at Goodison Park on Saturday late afternoon moved Leeds away from the danger zone, and within three points of 5th place. Both teams carved out opportunities in the first half, but it was Everton who almost broke the deadlock first. A lapse in concentration by Cooper gave Davis an opportunity to tee up Doucouré beautifully, but France's U19 keeper denied the former French U21 midfielder from close range.
Harrison also went close early on. Raphinha's inch perfect pass across the box was struck narrowly wide from close distance. Minutes later Bamford went close. His scrambled shot only denied by the flailing leg of England shot stopper Jordan Pickford. Harrison went close again; his header only denied by the woodwork. Everton thought they had scored against the run of play, but VAR signalled that Rodriguez had stayed offside. The offside flag also denied Richarlison from putting the home side ahead before half time.
Even bearing this in mind, Leeds dominated for large periods, recording 13 shots before the break - the most in a Premier League half this season. Both teams continued to press in the second half, but it was a moment of magic from Raphinho that separated the sides. The Brazilian struck a thunderbolt from almost 35 yards out, which went between the legs of Ben Godfrey giving Pickford no chance. Although Lees had other chances from Ayling, Alioski and Costa, Pickford was at hand to thwart their efforts. With 58% possession and 23 shots at goal, no wonder Leeds are becoming known as being one of the most entertaining sides in the top flight.
Bielsa's post match reaction
Leeds gaffer Marcelo Bielsa reacts to Leeds first win in six attempts having beaten the toffee's at Goodison Parrk at the weekend...