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Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Mirco Antenucci
Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci (right) has scored seven goals this season

Mirco Antenucci scored twice as Leeds United ended their five-game winless Championship run with victory over strugglers Bolton Wanderers.

Antenucci put Leeds in front when he latched on to Mustapha Carayol's corner and struck past keeper Paul Rachubka.

The hosts doubled their advantage when Antenucci curled into the far corner after his initial cross was blocked.

Substitute Kaiyne Woolery gave Bolton hope when he fired in Dean Moxey's cross but Leeds held on to win.

The result, Leeds' first league win since their 1-0 victory against Bristol City in January, eased the pressure on under-fire head coach Steve Evans as his side move up two places to 16th in the Championship.

Evans was advised by the club's chairman Massimo Cellino not to talk to the media following their 4-0 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.

Meanwhile, Bolton's relegation worries deepen as they drop to the bottom of the league once more and are now 10 points adrift of safety following MK Dons' 2-0 win against QPR with 11 games left to play.

Prior to kick off, a Leeds fans' group named "Time To Go Massimo" held a mock funeral outside Elland Road to mark "the death of the club" as a protest towards Cellino.

A single-engine plane then flew over the ground, half an hour before the match started, with a banner displaying the message "Time To Go Massimo".

Both sides suffered early injuries with Bolton losing Emile Heskey in the warm up whilst Leeds lost Lewie Coyle after 22 minutes when he came off worse following a challenge for the ball with Jay Spearing.

Leeds boss Steve Evans when asked if the protests had proved a distraction: "No, none of it. We have to keep our focus on the grass.

"At the team meeting at the hotel I said to the players whatever happens we can't affect it. It's not our business.

"Our business is to turn up as professional footballers, professional coaching staff and medical staff and support the team on the pitch and get three points. We know if we get the three points we send the Leeds United family home ready to enjoy their Saturday night. "

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "It's been a problem for us all season, we've lacked quality in the final third and that was apparent here.

"For all our good approach play we weren't clinical enough. We had Leeds on the back foot for the last 20 minutes.

"They had one shot in the second half and it goes in the back of the net. Strikers cost money and we've not got a lot of that this season."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 31CoyleSubstituted forBerardiat 22'minutesBooked at 30mins
  • 5Bellusci
  • 6CooperSubstituted forBambaat 45'minutes
  • 21Taylor
  • 16Diagouraga
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 23L Cook
  • 18CarayolSubstituted forDallasat 79'minutes
  • 7Antenucci
  • 11Doukara

Substitutes

  • 3Bamba
  • 8Murphy
  • 10Mowatt
  • 15Dallas
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 28Berardi
  • 45Peacock-Farrell

Bolton

  • 13Rachubka
  • 6VelaSubstituted forWooleryat 68'minutes
  • 15Derik
  • 45Holding
  • 3Moxey
  • 8Spearing
  • 21PratleySubstituted forTrotterat 68'minutes
  • 16Davies
  • 10CloughSubstituted forDobbieat 84'minutes
  • 14Madine
  • 7Feeney

Substitutes

  • 17Trotter
  • 18Danns
  • 22Wellington
  • 23Dobbie
  • 30Woolery
  • 36Finney
  • 49Campbell
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
21,070

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away9
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Derik.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie following a set piece situation.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

  6. Post update

    Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Trotter.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Liam Feeney.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rob Holding.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Davies.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Stephen Dobbie replaces Zach Clough.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Liam Trotter.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mirco Antenucci.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sol Bamba (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Cook with a cross following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley351911554272768
2Middlesbrough34207747202767
3Hull34197848202864
4Brighton351713549341564
5Derby351612747301760
6Sheff Wed351413850361455
7Cardiff35141384738955
8Birmingham34159104032854
9Ipswich34159104240254
10Preston351213103332149
11Reading341111124038244
12QPR351014114142-144
13Wolves351110144349-643
14Brentford35127164855-743
15Nottm Forest341012123231142
16Leeds34914113240-841
17Blackburn34913123332140
18Huddersfield35109164448-439
19Fulham35813145358-537
20Bristol City35910163155-2437
21MK Dons3598183048-1835
22Rotherham3595213959-2032
23Charlton35610193266-3428
24Bolton35413183358-2525
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