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Leeds United 0-1 Fulham

Hugo Rodallega
Rodallega has scored nine Championship goals so far this season

Hugo Rodallega scored the only goal as Fulham beat Leeds to overtake them in the Championship table.

Lasse Vigen Christensen pulled the ball back for the Colombian to fire home the only goal on the hour mark.

Leeds had a fantastic chance to level when Fulham keeper Gabor Kiraly missed Billy Sharp's cross but Adryan headed wide.

Rodallega had a chance to seal the game when he was through on goal but failed to hit the target.

The result takes Fulham up to 14th in the table, while Leeds drop to 19th.

Both clubs have changed manager in a disappointing season, with Leeds - whose owner Massimo Cellino could step down from the board - on their third boss.

But Leeds entered the match in better form having won their last two home games. Fulham had only won one of their last six away games, with their most recent game a 5-0 home defeat by Watford.

Massimo Cellino
Cellino is willing to resign from Leeds's board while he contests a decision to disqualify him as an owner

And their first meeting since a Premier League clash in March 2004, over a decade ago, had extra spice with Ross McCormack - who left Leeds for £11m in the summer - being named Fulham captain.

The major chance of the first half came when Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt's header from Sam Bryam's cross hit the crossbar and then went out of play off Kiraly, who was playing because of Marcus Bettinelli's suspension.

McCormack had Fulham's best opportunity of the opening period but he lost his footing chasing a long ball when it looked as if he was through on goal.

Fulham improved after the break and their goal came when Christensen chested the ball, slipped past Tommaso Bianchi and set up Rodallega to fire home from six yards out.

Adryan and Rodallega missed their chances after the goal and in an added concern for Leeds, defender Stephen Warnock came off with a hamstring injury in the closing minutes.

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn: "I'm disappointed with the result and for the first time today, at home, we lacked that conviction and that devil.

"I thought our passing was a little bit tatty and we left ourselves open on the counter-attack.

"We got ourselves to that stage where we had some momentum at home but I thought we looked tentative in and around the box; the final pass didn't quite happen and when it did we didn't have someone in the box."

Fulham manager Kit Symons: "Confidence is a huge thing in football, especially with strikers more than anyone. Hugo (Rodallega) is really enjoying his football, he's a lovely lad, he wears his heart on his sleeve and he needs to be happy and loved. He's all that at Fulham and we are loving him scoring the goals for us."

"Leeds have a great home record under Neil (Redfearn), (we) knew it would be a tough game and I'm delighted with the result."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 2Byram
  • 6Pearce
  • 32Cooper
  • 3WarnockSubstituted forBerardiat 89'minutes
  • 14Bianchi
  • 23L Cook
  • 27MowattBooked at 68mins
  • 9Oliveira TavaresSubstituted forDawsonat 76'minutes
  • 34Antenucci
  • 29DoukaraSubstituted forSharpat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Sharp
  • 12Berardi
  • 13Taylor
  • 18Tonge
  • 24Dawson
  • 33Sloth
  • 35Del Fabro

Fulham

  • 1Kiraly
  • 37Grimmer
  • 6Bodurov
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 28Hyndman
  • 21Christensen
  • 12FofanaSubstituted forZveroticat 85'minutes
  • 10Ruiz
  • 44McCormack
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forWoodrowat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 27Williams
  • 32Kavanagh
  • 33Burn
  • 42Rodak
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
27,264

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 0, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Fulham 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United).

  4. Post update

    Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Gaetano Berardi replaces Stephen Warnock because of an injury.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Elsad Zverotic replaces Seko Fofana.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Billy Sharp (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).

  10. Post update

    Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Hugo Rodallega.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Chris Dawson replaces Adryan.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Cooper.

  18. Post update

    Billy Sharp (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth21116444242039
2Middlesbrough21116435152039
3Derby21115538211738
4Ipswich21108332201238
5Brentford2111463427737
6Watford21105638231535
7Norwich2196635241133
8Blackburn218763231131
9Nottm Forest217953126530
10Charlton2161232322130
11Cardiff218672727030
12Wolves218672431-730
13Sheff Wed2161051617-128
14Fulham2174103139-825
15Birmingham216782332-925
16Reading2174102636-1025
17Huddersfield216692738-1124
18Bolton2165102228-623
19Leeds2165102431-723
20Millwall215882331-823
21Rotherham214981626-1021
22Brighton213992129-818
23Wigan2138102128-717
24Blackpool2127121633-1713
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