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Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Leeds United

Pontus Jansson heads in Leeds' winner
All three of Pontus Jansson's goals for Leeds have come in away games

Leeds United moved to within a point of third-placed Reading by winning at Championship strugglers Blackburn.

Chris Wood had the best chance of the first half for the visitors but shot wide, while Kemar Roofe headed over.

All the goals came in a dramatic final 17 minutes, with Stuart Dallas' strike into the corner putting Leeds ahead.

Elliott Bennett's shot from 20 yards looked to have stolen a point for the hosts before Pontus Jansson won it when he headed in Pablo Hernandez's corner.

Blackburn, who now have only one win in their last 11 Championship matches, remain 23rd in the table and are three points adrift of Burton, in 21st, who lost 2-0 at home to Fulham.

The hosts had the ball in the net as early as the fourth minute, but Jason Lowe's effort was disallowed for a foul on Rob Green.

Leeds went ahead when captain Liam Bridcutt set up Dallas at the back post for his first league goal of the season, before Rovers levelled when Bennett's bobbling shot wrong-footed Green.

But a minute from the end, Hernandez won a corner and his accurate delivery found Jansson to head into the top left-hand corner.

Stuart Dallas
Stuart Dallas put Leeds ahead in the 74th minute

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle:

"I don't think there's any doubt about the disappointment we feel. I thought we looked the team at 0-0 that would get in front.

"We certainly put enough into game to be taking something. Certainly a minimum of a point and probably with a bit of luck, maybe all three.

"There's no doubt it's very galling, disappointing, but those are the margins in this league and if you're going to switch off for any given moment in the Championship, you're going to get punished."

Leeds United boss Garry Monk:

"It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination. Neither team got control of anything. (It was) a bit to and fro, a bit of a grind.

"We defended our box very well, stayed strong when it was difficult and in those crucial moments we scored two good goals. Yes (we were) a bit lucky to come away with the three points but the mentality and character is what I was pleased with.

"We know we didn't perform near our level but we found a way to win and, for me, that's a real good sign for a good team with a strong mentality."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 3Greer
  • 26Lenihan
  • 5Williams
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forConwayat 78'minutes
  • 6LoweSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 79'minutes
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 31Bennett
  • 19Gallagher
  • 12Graham

Substitutes

  • 18Lucas João
  • 23Guthrie
  • 27Tomlinson
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya

Leeds

  • 1Green
  • 2Ayling
  • 5Bartley
  • 18JanssonBooked at 35mins
  • 28Berardi
  • 14O'KaneSubstituted forVieiraat 78'minutes
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 24SackoSubstituted forHernándezat 45'minutes
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forDoukaraat 61'minutes
  • 15Dallas
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 10Antonsson
  • 11Doukara
  • 12Silvestri
  • 19Hernández
  • 23Phillips
  • 25Vieira
  • 31Coyle
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
17,026

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 2.

Offside, Leeds United. Pablo Hernández tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gaetano Berardi.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 2. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Attempt missed. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 1. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Attempt blocked. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ronaldo Vieira.

Attempt blocked. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lucas João replaces Jason Lowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Liam Feeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ronaldo Vieira replaces Eunan O'Kane.

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

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Leeds United 1. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

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

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Robert Green.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) header from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Souleymane Doukara replaces Kemar Roofe.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Hand ball by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United).

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Newcastle28192756233359
3Reading2917484237555
4Leeds29173941281354
5Huddersfield2715483230249
6Derby2813783021946
7Sheff Wed2813783328546
8Barnsley29135114844444
9Fulham281110746321443
10Norwich28134114740743
11Preston29118103837141
12Birmingham29910103139-837
13Brentford28106123735236
14Aston Villa2881282830-236
15Cardiff29106133443-936
16Wolves2898113738-135
17Ipswich2998122937-835
18QPR2997132941-1234
19Nottm Forest2996144047-733
20Bristol City2884163741-428
21Burton2977152840-1228
22Wigan2767142432-825
23Blackburn2867153346-1325
24Rotherham2944212763-3616
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