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Preston North End 1-4 Leeds United

Kemar Roofe puts Leeds ahead against
Kemar Roofe has only scored two goals this season but both have come in his last five matches

Leeds United cruised to a third successive Championship win by beating a Preston side who had Jermaine Beckford sent off against his ex-club.

Kemar Roofe opened the scoring, turning in Pontus Jansson's goal-bound header, and Hadi Sacko fired in to make it 2-0.

Marnick Vermijl's 20-yard strike then pulled one back for the home side.

But Souleymane Doukara's fine solo goal made it 3-1 and, after Beckford was sent off three minutes after coming on, Pablo Hernandez scored a fourth.

Beckford's 69th-minute dismissal, when he kicked out after reacting to a strong aerial challenge by Kyle Bartley, was his second in his past two appearances, having only returned to the squad for the Boxing Day match following his fight with team-mate Eoin Doyle.

An impressive display from Leeds saw them coast into a 2-0 lead thanks to Roofe, who scored the first and teed up Sacko for number two.

Doukara's strike, which squirmed too easily past goalkeeper Chris Maxwell, restored the two-goal lead and quickly dampened the home side's hopes following Vermijl's brilliant strike.

And, after Beckford's red card, substitutes Chris Wood and Hernandez combined for the latter to slide in a fourth away goal.

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"It was inconsistent from the referee but Jermaine Beckford has to react in a better way than he has done.

"I think he got a nasty knee in the back but you can't react and that took the wind out of our sails. You don't need to be going down to 10 men too many times in this division.

"It's something that Jermaine has to accept, he will get a four-match ban and we'll lose him.

"I think sometimes in the heat of the moment we do things we shouldn't do but you'd like to think the older players can cope with it."

Leeds United head coach Garry Monk:

"They play quite a direct game. We accepted that really well and went toe to toe.

"We managed to get ourselves some good goals, the only disappointment being their goal. That was the only time where I thought we lost concentration.

"It was a good reaction after that, though, to regain the two-goal lead. I thought it was a very good all-round performance against a team that are doing very well lately.

"It's great to be winning games. We are fighting hard to improve and we are learning all the time. But it's step by step - our fight is for the three points ahead of us."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 27BaptisteBooked at 86mins
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 72mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Cunningham
  • 2Vermijl
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forDoyleat 81'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forBeckfordat 66'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 4Pearson
  • 9MakienokSubstituted forHugillat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 6Wright
  • 10Beckford
  • 13Doyle
  • 17Spurr
  • 18Pringle
  • 25Hugill

Leeds

  • 1Green
  • 2AylingBooked at 61mins
  • 5BartleyBooked at 50mins
  • 18Jansson
  • 28Berardi
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 43mins
  • 24SackoSubstituted forHernándezat 54'minutes
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forAntonssonat 85'minutes
  • 15Dallas
  • 11DoukaraSubstituted forWoodat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cooper
  • 9Wood
  • 10Antonsson
  • 12Silvestri
  • 19Hernández
  • 25Vieira
  • 33Denton
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
21,255

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Leeds United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Leeds United 4.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marcus Antonsson.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Attempt blocked. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alan Browne.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Leeds United 4. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Wood.

Attempt missed. Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

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

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Booking

Alex Baptiste (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Huntington with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Marcus Antonsson replaces Kemar Roofe.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United).

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Eoin Doyle replaces Daniel Johnson.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Chris Wood replaces Souleymane Doukara.

Offside, Preston North End. Tom Clarke tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

Booking

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Dismissal

Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United).

Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

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

Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a headed pass.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Callum Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Simon Makienok.

Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2313463330343
4Huddersfield2313372827142
5Leeds2313283023741
6Sheff Wed2312472723440
7Fulham2399540281236
8Derby2210662315836
9Barnsley2310494035534
10Aston Villa2381052522334
11Birmingham229762729-234
12Norwich23103103837133
13Preston239593131032
14Brentford2385102930-129
15Wolves237793132-128
16Ipswich237792226-428
17Bristol City2383123030027
18Nottm Forest2375113641-526
19Cardiff2366112638-1224
20QPR2265112031-1123
21Burton2357112432-822
22Blackburn2355132739-1220
23Wigan2346132030-1018
24Rotherham2334162450-2613
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