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Leeds United 3-0 Preston North End

Pablo Hernandez
Pablo Hernandez also played under Leeds head coach Garry Monk at Swansea

Leeds comprehensively beat Preston to end their poor run of form and cement their place in the play-offs.

The hosts took the lead when Kemar Roofe kept his cool to lift his shot over Preston keeper Chris Maxwell before Pablo Hernandez made it 2-0.

Preston hit the woodwork when Tom Barkhuizen's shot struck the bar before Alex Baptiste saw red for a kick on Hernandez off the ball.

Sub Souleymane Doukara finished well to seal the victory in the last minute.

Garry Monk's side needed a positive result after a run of one win in five had seen them drop to fifth in the Championship, but they nearly found themselves a goal down inside the first two minutes when Rob Green produced a fine save from Barkhuizen's header.

Leeds grew into the game and Roofe's third of the season put them in charge before leading scorer Chris Wood had a strike disallowed for offside and Hernandez squeezed a shot over the line for his fifth of the season.

Wood hit the bar with a header from a corner before Barkhuizen should have made it 2-1 when he hit the woodwork after Aiden McGeady's initial effort had been parried by Green.

Preston, who had gone into the game unbeaten in five games, dropped to six points off the play-offs, while Leeds remained fifth, five points clear of seventh-placed Fulham.

Leeds manager Garry Monk: "It was really important to respond and we were determined to after back-to-back defeats away from home and that was the key.

"The first five 10 minutes they had a couple of breakaways, which could have been more dangerous. But once we got to grips with it, for the next 50 or 60 minutes we played some really good football.

"We created numerous chances and probably should have capitalised a bit more, but we were playing against a good side and they are in form.

"They were never going to make it easy for us, but some of the football we played I thought was excellent."

Preston boss Simon Grayson: "We started really well and had two great opportunities through Tom Barkhuizen.

"But before you know it, we switch off and they got their noses in front. We weren't good enough defensively and that was the big aspect.

"We created some good chances. We had good possession and played some decent stuff, but it mistakes at key times cost us.

"If you do that against a strong team like Leeds they're going to punish you."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Green
  • 2Ayling
  • 5Bartley
  • 18Jansson
  • 28Berardi
  • 25Vieira
  • 23Phillips
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forDallasat 70'minutes
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forTaylorat 88'minutes
  • 29Pedraza Sag
  • 9WoodBooked at 78minsSubstituted forDoukaraat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Doukara
  • 14O'Kane
  • 15Dallas
  • 21Taylor
  • 27Barrow
  • 30Peacock-Farrell
  • 31Coyle

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 27BaptisteBooked at 86mins
  • 2VermijlSubstituted forJohnsonat 61'minutes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBeckfordat 72'minutes
  • 4Pearson
  • 3Cunningham
  • 14McGeady
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forMakienokat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 7Horgan
  • 8Browne
  • 9Makienok
  • 10Beckford
  • 11Johnson
  • 17Spurr
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
31,851

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 3, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Preston North End 0.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, Preston North End 0. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Foul by Charlie Taylor (Leeds United).

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Simon Makienok (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Charlie Taylor replaces Pablo Hernández.

Dismissal

Alex Baptiste (Preston North End) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Preston North End).

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.

Attempt saved. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

Offside, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips tries a through ball, but Souleymane Doukara is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Souleymane Doukara replaces Chris Wood.

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Booking

Chris Wood (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Wood (Leeds United).

Chris Maxwell (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Simon Makienok (Preston North End) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Pearson with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Paul Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Simon Makienok replaces Callum Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Kemar Roofe because of an injury.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

Offside, Preston North End. Greg Cunningham tries a through ball, but Alex Baptiste is caught offside.

Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Wood.

Offside, Preston North End. Alex Baptiste tries a through ball, but Tom Barkhuizen is caught offside.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

Alex Baptiste (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Preston North End).

goal

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