3 - 1
[Roberts, Faes (og), Bamford]
Leeds United
Leicester City

Friday 23rd February 2024, 8:00pm | Championship
Elland Road | Attendance: n/a

Manager: Daniel Farke | Referee: Craig Pawson

Leeds came from behind late on, to blow the Championship race wide open with three goals in the last 14 minutes, leaving the Foxes shell-shocked at Elland Road on Friday evening. Much was at stake for this top of the table clash, but from the start it was a surprisingly open game, with both sides deciding that attack was the best form of defence. For the majority, the visitors had the measure of Leeds in the final third, both offensively, and whilst defending.

Leicester clearly thought the hosts were vulnerable down their right hand side, with Archie Gray having to work overtime to try and tame their wingers. Joel Rodon time and time again got drawn out of position to bail out the makeshift right-back, causing problems of it's own. Wout Faes had put the Foxes ahead on 15 minutes with a well rehearsed outswinging Dewsbury-Hall corner which got flicked on by Daka. For over an hour Enzo Maresca's side not only maintained their lead, but missed guilt edged opportunities to put them further ahead, including having a goal chalked off wrongly for offside.

Leeds unlikely leveller came on 80 minutes, moments after bringing Connor Roberts in on the action. The loose ball fell kindly for the 28 year old after a strong run from Rutter; his first time shot finding the corner of the net. From this moment onwards, it was all Leeds! Three minutes later, Leeds took the lead. Rutter, who had been quiet for much of the game, was again the antagonist. He rode several challenges from the edge of the area, before finding an outlet in the form of Archie Gray who was now operating a high line on the left flank. His speculative left footed effort took a wicked defection off Faes, all but silencing the Leicester fans who had spent much of the game winding up the Elland Road faithful.

Just to rub salt into the wound, Leeds grabbed a third in stoppage time when Dan James' free kick took a slight nick off Bamford on its way in. It would have been Leeds first goal, direct from a free kick since Raphinha in October 2021.

Line Up
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Meslier, Illan
Goalkeeper
Gray, Archie
Midfielder
Rodon, Joe
Defender
Ampadu, Ethan
Midfielder
Captain
Firpo, Junior
Defender
Roberts
Gruev, Ilia
Midfielder
Kamara, Glen
Midfielder
Gnonto, Wilfried
Forward
James
Rutter, Georginio
Forward
Summerville, Crysencio
Midfielder
Anthony
Piroe, Joel
Forward
Bamford
Subs
Nat
Sub For
Goals
James, Daniel
Midfielder
Gnonto
Bamford, Patrick
Forward
Piroe
Roberts, Connor
Defender
Firpo
Anthony, Jaidon
Midfielder
Summerville
Cresswell, Charlie
Defender
Cooper, Liam
Defender
Klaesson, Kristoffer
Goalkeeper
Shackleton, Jamie
Midfielder
Fernandez, Mateo Joseph
Forward
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