Leeds ended a run of four defeats with a morale-boosting win over Bournemouth.

Cherries keeper Ryan Allsop was sent off on the half-hour for bringing down Noel Hunt, but his replacement Darryl Flahavan dived low to save the resulting penalty from Ross McCormack.

But McCormack met Stephen Warnock's cross from the left to put Leeds ahead.

Ian Harte's free-kick was headed on for Lewis Grabban to fire in an equaliser from close range, but Dominic Poleon's sweetly struck volley won it for Leeds.

Eunan O'Kane presented Leeds with an early gift-wrapped opportunity when he cleared straight to Michael Tonge, who played in McCormack, but Allsop reacted quickly to block.

But fortune then deserted Allsop when Hunt burst through, as the keeper was a fraction late with his challenge, Hunt went flying and referee David Coote immediately pointed to the penalty spot before reaching for the red card.

Hello again

Bournemouth substitute keeper Darryl Flahavan spent time on loan at Leeds United in 2009 but did not make a first team appearance.

The Cherries had to sacrifice lively winger Ryan Fraser to bring on substitute keeper Flahavan, whose first touch - on his first appearance since April 2012 - was to deny McCormack from 12 yards as he dived to his left.

Just when some over-elaboration was beginning to test the home fans' patience after the break, Leeds made their extra man count as Alex Mowatt spotted Warnock's run from left-back, and the former England international's deep cross was stabbed in by the grateful McCormack.

The goal seemed to release the pressure on Leeds, who began to play with more freedom as Rodolph Austin and Tonge tried their luck from distance.

But Bournemouth were not ready to lie down, despite missing Fraser's attacking threat, as debutant Jack Collison, signed on loan from West Ham hours before, tested Paddy Kenny with a curling 25-yarder.

An injury to Steve Cook meant the visitors were even down to nine men for a few seconds but as Cook waited to rejoin the action, ex-Leeds defender Harte pumped a long free-kick forward from inside his own half and after Elliott Ward challenged for the first header, O'Kane nodded the ball into the path of Grabban who rifled home.

But Leeds were soon back ahead as Warnock swung in another dangerous cross following a corner and the ball was cleared, but fell kindly for Poleon near the penalty spot, and the substitute lashed it in to restore the lead.

The 10 men battled bravely, but a second equaliser - and a first point from their fifth league visit to Elland Road - proved beyond them.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"The only thing that mattered tonight was the result, nothing else, and we deserved to win. We could have gone under when they scored as they had nothing to lose, but we showed a lot of guts and created a lot of chances.

"I've seen it [the penalty incident] again and it's a penalty, he was going to score.

"It reminded me of a game at Reading when I'd just been made permanent manager - we hadn't won for five games when I was caretaker, but we won 1-0 against Barnsley and went on to win eight in a row.

"The crowd were excellent, they didn't panic at 1-1. This league is very tight. Ross McCormack showed great guts, he missed the penalty but kept going and got a terrific goal."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

(On the penalty and sending-off) "I've only seen it once, at match speed, and I wasn't in a great position to judge. I feared the worst when I saw the challenge, it was a difficult one and the referee's had to make a split-second decision. When you come to a ground like this and go down to 10 men so early in the game, you've got a mountain to climb.

"I thought we showed a great response to the goal and passed the ball really well for a period, scored a great goal through Lewis Grabban and we hoped we could hang on.

"But there were more positives and negatives for us. Andrew Surman and Darryl Flahavan did really well when they came on after very little game time."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 15 Warnock
  • 02 Peltier
  • 05 Pearce
  • 04 Lees
  • 18 Tonge
  • 36 Mowatt
  • 08 Austin Booked
  • 07 Green
  • 44 McCormack
  • 10 Hunt (Poleon - 72' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 33 Cairns
  • 20 Smith
  • 21 Diouf
  • 06 Murphy
  • 26 Poleon
  • 11 Varney
  • 25 Byram

AFC Bournemouth

  • 01 Allsop Dismissed
  • 03 Cook
  • 22 Ward
  • 02 Francis Booked
  • 14 Harte
  • 20 Fraser (Flahavan - 32' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 31 Collison
  • 07 Pugh Booked (Surman - 63' )
  • 28 Rantie (Pitman - 77' )
  • 09 Grabban

Substitutes

  • 04 Surman
  • 25 Flahavan
  • 24 Addison
  • 10 Pitman
  • 23 McDermott
  • 05 Elphick
  • 34 Cornick
Ref: David Coote
Att: 21,749

Match Stats

Shots

17 5

On target

7 2

Corners

6 3

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 2, Bournemouth 1.

90:00 +5:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Bournemouth 1.

90:00 +5:10

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

90:00 +3:12

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

90:00 +3:12

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:34

Hand ball by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

88:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

87:59

Delay in match Tom Lees (Leeds United) because of an injury.

86:20

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Elliott Ward.

85:20

Attempt blocked. Ian Harte (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:28 Booking

Booking Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:21

Foul by Dominic Poleon (Leeds United).

84:21

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:34

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

79:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 2, Bournemouth 1. Dominic Poleon (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

79:02

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Simon Francis.

77:25

Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Tonge with a cross.

76:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Tokelo Rantie.

75:34

Offside, Leeds United. Michael Tonge tries a through ball, but Rodolph Austin is caught offside.

75:22

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

75:20

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Peltier with a headed pass.

72:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 1. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie with a headed pass.

71:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

71:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Noel Hunt.

70:30 Booking

Booking Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:05

Delay in match Steve Cook (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

69:53

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

69:53

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:29

Attempt missed. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

64:13

Offside, Leeds United. Tom Lees tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

63:44

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

63:44

Darryl Flahavan (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:02

Attempt saved. Jack Collison (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

62:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman replaces Marc Pugh.

59:13

Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Warnock.

58:46 Booking

Booking Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:40

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:40

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

57:00

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Steve Cook.

53:50

Offside, Leeds United. Lee Peltier tries a through ball, but Noel Hunt is caught offside.

51:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a cross.

49:05

Attempt saved. Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

48:30

Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:30

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Bournemouth 0.

45:00 +1:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 0, Bournemouth 0.

45:00 +0:02

Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin with a headed pass.

44:41

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

44:11

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ian Harte.

41:51

Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a set piece situation.

41:03 Booking

Booking Simon Francis (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:52

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:52

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

39:10

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Elliott Ward.

38:55

Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

35:07

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Eunan O'Kane.

34:20

Elliott Ward (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:20

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

33:18

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Green.

32:50

Penalty saved! Ross McCormack (Leeds United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

31:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Darryl Flahavan replaces Ryan Fraser.

30:30 Dismissal

Dismissal Ryan Allsop (Bournemouth) is shown the red card.

30:24

Penalty conceded by Ryan Allsop (Bournemouth) after a foul in the penalty area.

30:24

Penalty Leeds United. Noel Hunt draws a foul in the penalty area.

27:07

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

24:27

Offside, Leeds United. Noel Hunt tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

20:07

Offside, Leeds United. Stephen Warnock tries a through ball, but Noel Hunt is caught offside.

18:54

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

17:05

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

16:21

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:21

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

13:02

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Elliott Ward.

13:01

Attempt blocked. Tom Lees (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

11:56

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

11:56

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:16

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:16

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

5:39

Attempt missed. Noel Hunt (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rodolph Austin with a cross.

5:00

Foul by Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth).

5:00

Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:46

Offside, Leeds United. Paul Green tries a through ball, but Noel Hunt is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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