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[James, Summerville]
Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United

Saturday 9th December 2023, 12:30pm | Championship
Ewood Park | Attendance: 20,963

Manager: Daniel Farke | Referee: Robert Madley

Leeds were made to work hard for their points at the weekend, and had to dig deep, against an unwavering Blackburn side that threw everything at them, bar the kitchen sink. Roared on by over seven and a half thousand fans, Leeds were disciplined, well organised but even more importantly, clinical where it mattered. They took the lead on 27 minutes when Dan James' low hard diagonal drive, (through the legs of Harry Pickering) found the far corner of the net after fine work by Rutter. They could have gone ahead minutes earlier after Piroe's free kick was deflected inches wide of Wahlstedt's goal mouth.

The Riversiders' may look back on the match thinking they could have got something out of the game, but in reality they didn't have enough in the final third to trouble the visitors. Home fans had to wait until the 80th minute to see Meslier in action, dramatically (and perhaps a little theatrically) tipping Sigurdsson's header over the bar.

By this time, Leeds had already taken an unsalable two-nil lead, after Summerville cheekily flicked the ball over Wahlstedt with the outside of his right boot, after been put clear on goal by Gray. It may not have been a vintage Leeds performance, but it was good to see them scrap their way to victory, and keep a seventh clean sheet of the season.

Line Up
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Meslier, Illan
Goalkeeper
Gray, Archie
Midfielder
Rodon, Joe
Defender
Struijk, Pascal
Defender
Captain
Byram, Sam
Defender
Spence
Ampadu, Ethan
Midfielder
Kamara, Glen
Midfielder
James, Daniel
Midfielder
Gnonto
Piroe, Joel
Forward
Gruev
Summerville, Crysencio
Midfielder
Anthony
Rutter, Georginio
Forward
Fernandez
Subs
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Spence, Djed
Defender
Byram
Gnonto, Wilfried
Forward
James
Gruev, Ilia
Midfielder
Piroe
Anthony, Jaidon
Midfielder
Summerville
Fernandez, Mateo Joseph
Forward
Rutter
Cooper, Liam
Defender
Shackleton, Jamie
Midfielder
Darlow, Karl
Goalkeeper
Gelhardt, Joe
Forward
Leeds United 3-2 Middlesbrough (2nd Dec 2023)


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