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Summary

  1. All the action from Leeds United v Preston North End
  2. Kemar Roofe's well-taken goal opens the scoring before Pablo Hernandez adds a second, Chris Wood having had a goal disallowed moments earlier
  3. Souleymane Doukara finishes the job for Leeds, with a goal in added time
  4. Leeds United are now unbeaten in five against Preston North End, winning five and drawing one
  5. Leeds haven't lost three league games in a row since Uwe Rosler's last three games in charge in October 2015

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By Katie Whyatt

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us on the live blog tonight.

It was a huge win for Leeds, in more ways than one. Coming back from two defeats on the bounce, they were clinical and irrepressible today, teaming breathless football with real ambition. 

We'll be back on April 14th, when Leeds travel to Newcastle on Good Friday. 

Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Tonight's table

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The live table - don't forget that Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle is the 5:30 kick-off. 

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Jansson at risk

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Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Two yellow cards at any point sees Jansson out for three games. Leeds can't really play around that - but Jansson didn't make any lunges today. He went about today in a much quieter way. 

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Man of the Match candidates?

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Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

There wasn't a player out there who didn't put in a shift - and Pedraza put in one of the best performances he's done in a Leeds strength. Vieira had superhuman strength about him and showed the presence of mind to come out of challenges and pick passes - he's matured, and he's only 18. 

Hernandez brought experience

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Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

We talk about Roofe getting a standing ovation, but Hernandez brought all his Premier League experience with him today. We were praising Canos for Brentford on Tuesday night and Hernandez brought some of that to the table. Who would you drop? You could leave it unchanged quite easily, as Leeds were that good today. 

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Leeds' mentality impressive

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

Roofe said in the interview that there was no pressure on Leeds - but there was going into this game. They'd lost two in a row. Monk really managed the team well to produce the performance they did today. 

The mentality Leeds showed - they could have had two goals in the final five minutes. As it was, they got one. They never stopped pushing. 

Roofe always evolving

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Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Roofe was such a big part of why Leeds were so hard to live with today. We've seen Roofe evolve this season - he's gone from struggling, to going back to basics, to really showing his wares. 

Roofe deserves to retain his place

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

We know Monk will pick the side best suited to beating Newcastle, but Roofe will be gutted if he's not starting next week. He's not started back-to-back games for a while but he's actually had many good performances. He struggled at the start of the season, changed his game, had a good spell, then couldn't really get in the team. 

But he was exceptional today - he showed great vision and energy. 

BreakingLEEDS INJURY NEWS

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Garry Monk has told BBC Radio Leeds that: 

  • Marco Silvestri sustained ligament damage in his knee yesterday - the club are trying to assess that over the next few weeks, but they're hoping he won't be out for the rest of the season. 
  • Hadi Sacko suffering from bruising and swelling on his ankle and could miss the Newcastle game. 
  • Liam Bridcutt is suffering from a sore Achilles - Monk pulled him out of the game today, but he will hopefully be available for next week. 

KEMAR ROOFE: Our tactics changed

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I didn't want to come off today, but I had to - I got cramp, and I couldn't prevent it. The formation and tactics we played today allowed me to drift around a lot more - I saw Wood over my shoulder for the first and I managed to get on the end of it. I took my first touch and the ball wouldn't go onto my left foot quick enough, but luckily, I hit it hard enough.

Our tactics were a bit different today - more attacking, and I started out wide and was allowed to drift in more, with Ayling as a wide player. It allowed us more space inside and allowed us to pick up pockets. By the sounds of it, we've obviously done it correctly and done what the manager's wanted us to do. 

We have the players to hurt teams - when we have the ball, pass it around and are attacking, we're one of the best teams in the league. We're under no pressure because no one expected us to finish in this position, to be in the play offs.   

What was better for Leeds?

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

Leeds were definitely more creative, but Vieira did the Bridcutt role today. He's done no harm to his chances today, Vieira - he was fantastic. 

I think the intensity can wane during the international break - and it takes a while to get it back on the pitch again. 

The play off picture is really intriguing, as you don't know who you're going to get. Roofe wants to get involved in central areas, and Leeds needed that today. 

GARRY MONK: An important three points

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Garry Monk
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Goals from other areas is the next step for this group - they know that, but it's not about demanding from them just yet, saying they have to score. It's about showing them that that's what they're capable of. It was an important three points but it showed everyone what we're capable of - and we know that within, anyway. 

Vieira and Phillips showed me a good attitude in training and they knew exactly what was expected from them. I thought they typified the performance of the team today and they're growing all the time. I trust all my players. 

It's just about getting back to what we know we're good at. We've done well this season to block what's been going on outside out - we went back to that. That's the reason why they've been so successful - the attitude toward what they were trying to do today was the best response they could have given. 

GARRY MONK: We wanted to show what we're about

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Garry Monk
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That was a great response to what's been a hard week on the back of two defeats. We didn't just want three points - we wanted to show what we're about as a performance, and for the group to show what they're capable of. We understand where we are in the league but I think there's been too much focus on it. The key to the group within is to stay focused on us and keep performing. 

We stripped it back after the Brentford game and made it clear that when players have the best chance is when they show us what they stand for. That's what they need to try and deliver - every time that we do that, we're in with a chance of winning games. 

We started well and had our chances. They had a couple of breakaways, but I think we dominated that period and probably should have made it more comfortable for ourselves a little sooner. I think we won the game quite comfortably in the end. 

Some real crowd performances this season

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Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

It sounds like such a cliche, but this has been the best season, atmosphere-wise, I've felt in 11 years of covering Leeds United. The atmosphere kind of takes on a life of its own. We've seen some real crowd performances this season. 

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Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds brought an intensity on and off the ball today - they were back to doing what makes this Leeds United side so successful. Garry Monk's said before that they can't win unless they go at 100% - but the fans need to take a huge credit for that backing. They've played their part today and it does help the players over the line.

Home form key for Leeds

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

Leeds' home form is so good and they have kept so many clean sheets at home - that's why they're in the top six. But they have needed goals from other areas, and they've got them today. 

Home form gives you such a good chance of promotion and Leeds have it nailed. 

Leeds a different beast

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

You could see the intent in Leeds from the word go. We've talked about how Leeds have lacked creativity in the final third - but that wasn't the case today. The movements and intensity were all there, and it's such a joy to watch them when that is the case. 

Rob Green has to take huge credit for the first 3 minutes. He's got better and better as the season's gone on - he's on top of his game. 

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Leeds stronger now

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Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

I think the difference between this Leeds United is the steel - they still stay in games, even when they're struggling. Their bad day isn't a 7-1 anymore - their bad day is a Brentford, a Reading. 

We've talked about odd scorelines today and Solihull Moors have lost 9-0 to Tranmere in the National League. It's that business end of the season - and it made for such an open game today. Preston were dangerous but exposed at times, too. 

Noel's Man of the Match

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

You can't put it down to one man, but Hernandez and Roofe were just awesome. They were everywhere with their interchanging, and their movement caused so many problems. 

I think Roofe is Man of the Match, and he has to keep his place today. He was so positive and he wanted to score a goal - you could see that 30 seconds before he did. He's got the pace, talent and an eye for goal. He can go on from there. This is the next step in his development. 

What was different?

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

We've been crying out for midfield runners going beyond Chris Wood - Hernandez was on it, Roofe was on fire, and Phillips got in there. Leeds had that in their midfield. 

A perfect response

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Noel Whelan

Ex-Leeds United striker

This was the perfect response after two defeats and a string of average away performances. We saw commitment, energy, passion, creativity, midfielders scoring, defensive duties from everyone, the full whack. 

It could have been more than 3-0 - the crossbar, the disallowed goal. I'm surprised Norwich didn't score but it could have been a Norwich scoreline. Leeds played great football and I don't think you can take the win away from them. 

BreakingFULL TIME: LEEDS UNITED 3-0 PRESTON

Job done for Leeds - stay with us for all the reaction. 

BreakingGOAL: LEEDS UNITED 3-0 PRESTON NORTH END - DOUKARA

Doukara finds himself bearing down on goal with just Maxwell to beat. One touch takes him into the box, the other lines him up and the third sees him slot home past Maxwell to seal the win. Signed, sealed and delivered for Leeds. 

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Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

That Norwich result is ridiculous. It means Reading go into minus goal difference, even though they're fourth in the table. 

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Ayling's ball slides just a bit too close to Doukara - Leeds can't unleash him properly. 

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Taylor fouls his man as tries to take Leeds forward - Preston free kick, which Maxwell slings forward. Taylor collects and finds Pedraza - game of keep-ball ensues. Leeds managing this game now, just happy to see it out.

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Four added minutes. 

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Norwich beating Reading 7-1, by the way. As you do. 

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Berardi's clipped ball tries to cut Preston open but they head the danger away - the pitch was opening up then against Preston's narrow midfield but Leeds couldn't quite take advantage of it. 

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Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Hernandez has kept at players today, and I think it invites players to retaliate when they can't get near him. Today has been the most aggressive performance I've ever seen from him in a Leeds shirt. He's been involved in everything and put his body on the line - at times, he's just been mesmerising. But he's coming off now, making way for Charlie Taylor.

BreakingRED CARD: ALEX BAPTISTE

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Something of nothing incident with Hernandez - and Baptiste kicks the Leeds man in the small of the back. The linesman watched that incident like a hawk - he knew it was going to bubble over into something. 

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Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

I must say - with Preston having those four strikers, they looked so exposed as Leeds broke. 

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Leeds cannot clear their lines here - Preston have the ball on the edge of an area for what feels like an age before the hosts deal with it. It's Rob Green who has the final say, plucking the ball out of the sky as Preston pump it into the box. Pedraza puts in a low ball at the other end but Cunningham marks Dallas well. 

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Pedraza and Hernandez carry Leeds over halfway - and Pedraza's perceptive pass unleashes Dallas. He comes off his right hand side and makes a run through the central area, picking out Doukara. Doukara's touch drags him closer to the keeper and narrows the angle, but Maxwell stands firm and knocks the ball wide. Leeds corner, but Preston clear.  

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Bartley sensibly flicks the ball back to Rob Green under pressure. Phillips picks up the loose ball from the kick-out but the flag rises for offside - Doukara the one returning from an offside position. 

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Barkhuizen picks out Beckford at the near post - but the former Leeds man can't make good enough contact. Leeds goal kick as Preston go 4-2-4.