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Leeds United 1-0 Preston North End

Alan Browne was consoled by captain Tom Clarke after scoring the decisive own goal
Alan Browne was consoled by captain Tom Clarke after scoring the decisive own goal

Leeds registered their third win in four games as they beat 10-man Preston.

Preston had goalkeeper Jordan Pickford controversially sent off after he was adjudged to have handled outside his penalty area after 30 minutes.

Less than a minute after half-time, Leeds went ahead when Preston's Alan Browne headed past Pickford's replacement - 17-year-old Matt Hudson.

North End substitute Neil Kilkenny forced three saves from Marco Silvestri as they pressed for an equaliser.

The victory sees Leeds go above Blackburn and Nottingham Forest into 13th place in the Championship, while Preston stay in 16th.

Preston, whose manager Simon Grayson was returning to Elland Road for the first time since being sacked by Leeds in February 2012, started brightly and forced home goalkeeper Silvestri in three fine saves in the opening 10 minutes as Paul Gallagher, Will Keane and Joe Garner all went close.

Pickford made an excellent save with his legs from Liam Bridcutt before being at the centre of the game's most controversial moment.

Chris Wood chased Scott Wootton's ball over the top and Pickford raced out of his area to intercept. The ball came into contact with what he claimed was his shoulder, but referee Gavin Ward disagreed and sent him off for a deliberate handball.

Hudson, who was playing for Preston's youth team against Accrington Stanley on Friday, came on to make his debut as a replacement with former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland unavailable due to illness.

Thirty seconds after half-time, Hudson conceded for the first time in his career after Stuart Dallas' cross skewed off the head of Browne and into his the back of his own net.

Despite having a goal and a man advantage, it was Preston that went on the offensive, with Kilkenny forcing Silvestri into three more good saves, including two which were acrobatically tipped over the bar.

Leeds head coach Steve Evans told BBC Radio Leeds:

"It was going to have to be a gritty performance.

"We got back from Wolves at 03:30 GMT after Thursday's game so it was always going to be tough.

"I think Marco Silvestri is just getting better and better and he made some big saves for us."

(On scoring eight goals at home this season): "We're making chances now but if you offered me a 1-0 home win every week then I would take it."

Preston boss Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The referee makes a decision that he deemed was the right one.

"My goalkeeper's said it hit him in the chest area. The assistant referee says the defenders weren't round on the cover, but I felt they were going to get round to it.

"It's a huge decision at an important part of the game. It's gone against us and ultimately cost us the game."

Jordan Pickford is sent off
Jordan Pickford goes up to challenge for the ball with Chris Wood...
Jordan Pickford is sent off
...and claims it hit him on the shoulder...
Jordan Pickford is sent off
...but referee Gavin Ward decides it was deliberate handball and sends him off

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 4Wootton
  • 5Bellusci
  • 6Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 2ByramBooked at 77mins
  • 23L Cook
  • 8MurphySubstituted forDoukaraat 64'minutes
  • 15DallasSubstituted forPhillipsat 90+5'minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forAntenucciat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bamba
  • 7Antenucci
  • 10Mowatt
  • 11Doukara
  • 27Phillips
  • 31Coyle
  • 45Peacock-Farrell

Preston

  • 1PickfordBooked at 31mins
  • 2Vermijl
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 78mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 65mins
  • 12GallagherBooked at 62mins
  • 19WelshSubstituted forHudsonat 34'minutes
  • 16BrowneSubstituted forKilkennyat 55'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 32ReachBooked at 80mins
  • 9KeaneSubstituted forDoyleat 87'minutes
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 6Wright
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 13Doyle
  • 15Woods
  • 22Brownhill
  • 25Hugill
  • 40Hudson
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
22,641

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Preston North End 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips replaces Stuart Dallas.

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Reach (Preston North End).

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

Booking

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Eoin Doyle replaces Will Keane.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

Attempt saved. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

Foul by Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United).

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Chris Wood.

Attempt saved. Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

Booking

Adam Reach (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Reach (Preston North End).

Booking

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Booking

Sam Byram (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Marco Silvestri (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

Attempt saved. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marnick Vermijl.

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

goal

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