3 - 2
[James, Summerville, Piroe (p)]
Leeds United
Middlesbrough

Saturday 2nd December 2023, 3:00pm | Championship
Elland Road | Attendance: 36,812

Manager: Daniel Farke | Referee: Darren England

Leeds kept their fabulous home record intact, edging a five goal thriller against Michael Carrick's Middlesbrough at the weekend. Fresh from their victory over Leicester City, and demolition of Preston (4-0), the Smoggies were always going to be a tough challenge. Their Championship standing doesn't give a true reflection of the threats they possess. We must remember they were rock bottom after seven games, with just one point, so have had to play catch up!

Three goals in the opening seven minutes gave fans an insight into the chaos that would ensue. Emmanuel Latte Lath's third minute opener was soon cancelled out by Dan James rising highest at the far post to nod Leeds level. At 5ft 6', the Welsh International did well to outjump both Boro centre-backs. Two minutes later Leeds were ahead. Archie Gray's deep cross (into the Boro penalty area) was flicked away by McNair, but fell invitingly to Summerville at the back post. His header was too powerful for Dieng, who despite getting a hand on the ball, was unable to keep the effort out.

Rutter should have made it three on 15 minutes, only for Dieng to save well with his legs. He was however instrumental in giving the Whites a two goal advantage after being bundled over in the box, six minutes before the half-time break. Piroe stepped up, and duly bagged his eighth of the season. Despite the scoreline, Carrick's men were far from done. They created further chances of their own, and narrowed Leeds advantage deep into first half injury time when Lath grabbed his second, following a well executed corner.

There were no further goals in the second half, but there was plenty to talk about. The visitors were reduced to 10 men on the hour mark after Dijksteel picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon; but despite being a man down, created the best chance of the half when Jones rattled the woodwork. There were some nervy moments, but Leeds held firm to pick up their seventh home win of the season, and keep the pressure on the top two.

Line Up
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Meslier, Illan
Goalkeeper
Gray, Archie
Midfielder
Rodon, Joe
Defender
Struijk, Pascal
Defender
Captain
Byram, Sam
Defender
Ampadu, Ethan
Midfielder
Kamara, Glen
Midfielder
James, Daniel
Midfielder
Gnonto
Piroe, Joel
Forward
Gruev
Summerville, Crysencio
Midfielder
Anthony
Rutter, Georginio
Forward
Bamford
Subs
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Bamford, Patrick
Forward
Rutter
Gnonto, Wilfried
Forward
James
Gruev, Ilia
Midfielder
Piroe
Anthony, Jaidon
Midfielder
Summerville
Cooper, Liam
Defender
Shackleton, Jamie
Midfielder
Poveda, Ian
Midfielder
Darlow, Karl
Goalkeeper
Spence, Djed
Defender
Leeds United 3-1 Swansea City (29th Nov 2023)


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