Match ends, Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0.
Leeds United 1-0 Bournemouth
Leeds United ended their eight game winless run with a victory over Championship leaders Bournemouth.
Luke Murphy earned his side a point against Birmingham on Saturday and netted the winner against the Cherries with a stunning left-footed strike.
Bournemouth were awarded a penalty late on and Giuseppe Bellusci was sent off for fouling a goal-bound Callum Wilson.
But Yann Kermorgant hit the bar with the resulting spot-kick, handing Leeds a valuable three points.
|New year, new hope|
|Leeds' last win was 2-0 against Derby on 29 November||Bournemouth's last defeat on the road was 2-0 at Derby in the Championship on 30 September|
|Bournemouth have won only one of 13 meetings with Leeds in all competitions||Ipswich can now go top on Wednesday night|
Bournemouth remain top by a point but have Ipswich and Middlesbrough close behind - the latter moving up to second following their win over Cardiff on Tuesday.
Leeds, meanwhile, moved six points clear of the relegation zone.
United beat the Cherries 3-1 at the Goldsands Stadium in September but have claimed only three victories since then - against Huddersfield, Blackpool and Derby.
And while Neil Redfearn's side had taken three points from their last seven Championship outings, Bournemouth secured 18 from the same number of games.
But it was the hosts who enjoyed the better first half and went into half-time ahead thanks to Murphy's second goal in as many matches.
The 25-year-old's powerful strike curled into the top corner on 36 minutes and left goalkeeper Artur Boruc well beaten.
Bournemouth thought they had levelled minutes later but Brett Pitman was ruled offside after he pounced on a parried ball from Marco Silvestri, and the Leeds keeper then kept out Wilson's downward header.
Kermorgant and Dan Gosling were introduced early in the second half but a miscommunication between the pair saw neither get on the end of Wilson's cross from the right.
Eddie Howe's side looked to be on course to salvaging a point when Bellusci saw red for tripping Wilson, but in snowy conditions at Elland Road, Kermorgant failed to convert from the spot.
Leeds boss Neil Redfearn:
"I spoke to owner Massimo Cellino on Monday and obviously he was a little bit flat, you can imagine so.
"But he basically said nothing changes. He said it's still my football club, I'm still in charge of it, somebody else will sign the cheques, somebody else will be in front of it, but it's business as usual.
"He wants it to do well. He's as focused and driven as ever and the good thing is the performance shows this club is alive and kicking."
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:
"The big disappointment for us was the way we started and the way we gave Leeds the chance to get their crowd behind them early in the game.
"Our game-plan was to quieten the crowd and try and make a fast start, but Leeds put us under pressure and they played well in the first half.
"They scored a good goal and unfortunately for us it just seemed to be one of those nights when the ball wouldn't go in for us."
- 5BellusciBooked at 86mins
- 23L CookBooked at 15mins
- 2ByramBooked at 84mins
- 4AustinSubstituted forBerardiat 90+5'minutes
- 27MowattSubstituted forPearceat 88'minutes
- 19MorisonSubstituted forSharpat 67'minutes
- 2FrancisBooked at 47mins
- 3S Cook
- 30RitchieSubstituted forStanislasat 72'minutes
- 8ArterSubstituted forGoslingat 60'minutes
- 10PitmanSubstituted forKermorgantat 60'minutes
- 15A Smith
- Oliver Langford
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0.
Substitution, Leeds United. Gaetano Berardi replaces Rodolph Austin.
Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dan Gosling.
Substitution, Leeds United. Jason Pearce replaces Alex Mowatt.
Penalty missed! Still Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot.
Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) is shown the red card.
Penalty Bournemouth. Callum Wilson draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Alex Mowatt.
Sam Byram (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.
Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).
Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Gosling.
Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Cook.
Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).
Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Gosling.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.
Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Billy Sharp (Leeds United).
Substitution, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas replaces Matt Ritchie.
Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh.
Substitution, Leeds United. Billy Sharp replaces Steve Morison.
Offside, Leeds United. Charlie Taylor tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.
Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).
Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.
Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a through ball.
Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Harry Arter.
Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Brett Pitman.
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).
Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.