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Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Leeds United

Leeds United celebrate
Leeds have won all three matches they have played since a 4-0 defeat at Brighton on 29 February

Leeds United secured a third successive Championship victory as they denied hosts Blackburn Rovers a fifth league win in a row at Ewood Park.

Leeds captain Sol Bamba volleyed in Alex Mowatt's corner on 34 minutes for his second goal of the season.

Mirco Antenucci made it 2-0, running clear on the counter-attack before lifting the ball over Jason Steele for his fourth goal in three matches.

Simeon Jackson scored late for Rovers after Leeds failed to clear a corner.

Steve Evans' side have responded brilliantly to their 4-0 thrashing at Brighton on 29 February, taking maximum points from games against Bolton, Cardiff and Blackburn to banish any fears of being dragged into a relegation battle.

Rovers had scored 10 goals during their four-match winning run at home but while Paul Lambert's side enjoyed spells of pressure, they struggled to create many clear opportunities.

Leeds head coach Steve Evans: "I've said many times what a wonderful finisher Antenucci is on the training ground but there's been a lot of wonderful finishers on the training ground over the years that can't hit a barn door when they come out of it.

"Antenucci's very much as good on the pitch as he is on the training ground. His touch before he dinks it over the boy Steele is a fantastic touch because the opportunity for the goalkeeper to advance and to put it where he wants.

"He's a wonderful player. I'm so pleased for him. He is one player playing with determination for a place in the team. He's often the difference between winning and losing."

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert: "I don't think we deserved to lose. I thought we were well on top until they scored. We started the game really well and losing the goal through a set play was disappointing.

"The second goal was probably even more so disappointing but I've said to them, you've played so many games in a short space of time and I don't know if any other team has had the schedule we've been on and it's gruelling.

"It's the same lads going out week in, week out, and I knew one game was going to come back and bite because of the amount of games we've played.

"I couldn't fault the effort and the commitment, the way they played. It was just a game too far for us with the games we've had."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 22Duffy
  • 5HanleyBooked at 80mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 31Bennett
  • 26LenihanSubstituted forGrimesat 76'minutes
  • 21Akpan
  • 14Jordi GómezSubstituted forConwayat 71'minutes
  • 8WattSubstituted forJacksonat 63'minutes
  • 12Graham

Substitutes

  • 9Brown
  • 15Ward
  • 16Grimes
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya
  • 35Jackson

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 28BerardiBooked at 80mins
  • 3Bamba
  • 5BellusciBooked at 81mins
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 16DiagouragaSubstituted forMurphyat 90+4'minutes
  • 10MowattSubstituted forDallasat 74'minutes
  • 23L CookBooked at 90mins
  • 7AntenucciBooked at 70mins
  • 11DoukaraSubstituted forWoodat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Wootton
  • 8Murphy
  • 9Wood
  • 15Dallas
  • 18Carayol
  • 20Botaka
  • 41Grimes
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
16,017

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 2.

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

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Luke Murphy replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 2. Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt saved. Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Chris Wood replaces Souleymane Doukara.

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marco Silvestri (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Shane Duffy tries a through ball, but Simeon Jackson is caught offside.

Booking

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Giuseppe Bellusci.

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

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Matt Grimes replaces Darragh Lenihan.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Alex Mowatt.

Foul by Sol Bamba (Leeds United).

Jason Steele (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

Attempt blocked. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Jordi Gómez.

Booking

Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Leeds United 2. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt following a fast break.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley372111560303074
2Middlesbrough35207847212667
3Hull35198849212865
4Brighton361714549341565
5Derby371613850351561
6Sheff Wed371514853361759
7Cardiff37151394840858
8Ipswich361510114443155
9Birmingham35159114034654
10Preston371313113534152
11QPR371214114642450
12Leeds361114113641-547
13Wolves361210144550-546
14Nottm Forest361112133334-145
15Reading351111134141044
16Blackburn361013133634243
17Brentford36127174858-1043
18Huddersfield37119174852-442
19Bristol City371010173458-2440
20Fulham37813165663-737
21MK Dons37910183149-1837
22Rotherham37106214362-1936
23Charlton36611193266-3429
24Bolton37414193662-2626
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