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Leeds United 2-1 Bournemouth

By Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at Elland Road
Dominic Poleon of Leeds United

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.

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."



Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Kenny
  • 15Warnock
  • 2Peltier
  • 5Pearce
  • 4Lees
  • 18Tonge
  • 36Mowatt
  • 8AustinBooked at 71mins
  • 7Green
  • 44McCormack
  • 10HuntSubstituted forPoleonat 72'minutesBooked at 85mins


  • 33Cairns
  • 20Smith
  • 21Diouf
  • 6Murphy
  • 26Poleon
  • 11Varney
  • 25Byram


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1AllsopBooked at 31mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 22Ward
  • 2FrancisBooked at 42mins
  • 14Harte
  • 20FraserSubstituted forFlahavanat 32'minutes
  • 32O'Kane
  • 31Collison
  • 7PughBooked at 59minsSubstituted forSurmanat 63'minutes
  • 28RantieSubstituted forPitmanat 77'minutes
  • 9Grabban


  • 4Surman
  • 25Flahavan
  • 24Addison
  • 10Pitman
  • 23McDermott
  • 5Elphick
  • 34Cornick
David Coote

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 2, Bournemouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Poleon (Leeds United).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

  15. Goal!

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Simon Francis.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Tokelo Rantie.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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