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Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Caleb Ekuban
Caleb Ekuban's only other goal this season came in the EFL Cup against Port Vale

Leeds United ended their run of four games without a win with victory over Bolton at Elland Road.

Caleb Ekuban broke the deadlock after three minutes, volleying home his first Championship goal from eight yards.

The hosts doubled their lead after the break when Pablo Hernandez met the rebound from Ezgjan Alioski's shot.

Adam Le Fondre pulled one back for the visitors, heading Sammy Ameobi's free-kick beyond the arms of Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Leeds could have extended their lead in added time when substitute Samuel Saiz played Ekuban into a one-on-one with Ben Alnwick, but the Bolton keeper stood firm.

Paul Heckingbottom's side dominated the opening exchanges, but Ameobi missed a chance to equalise when his driving run saw him fire narrowly wide after escaping Ronaldo Vieira.

Pontus Jansson's header on the stroke of half-time beat Alnwick but crashed against the bar, moments after Bolton defender Mark Beevers had nearly guided Eunan O'Kane's cross into his own net.

Victory gave Heckingbottom his second win as Leeds boss in nine attempts, while defeat for Bolton kept them six points clear of the drop, with Birmingham looking to close the gap when they host Ipswich on Saturday.

Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We more than deserved the three points. The chances created were a positive but we should have been well in control of the game.

"We started both halves well and got the goal when on top. We defended well and Bailey only had two things to do all game.

"We had chances from set plays, chances from the counter, chances from good plays. Ben Alnwick made two world class saves but then he made two saves smothering the ball when we should have aimed straight at him, and then we let him off five or six times."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"Today was a setback. We started slowly. We always knew coming here today - in front of a big crowd against a team that could've potentially been nervous - we needed to start well.

"At 2-0 down we could've let our heads drop but we didn't. We got the goal back and we had a couple of good chances to get the equaliser.

"We've got to give our lads credit that they kept going but equally we need to analyse the start of the game and what we need to do better.

"We know we've got to get at least three more wins. That's our aim. We've got ourselves in a good position and we're confident we can achieve that."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 30Peacock-Farrell
  • 15DallasBooked at 28mins
  • 18JanssonBooked at 90mins
  • 5Pennington
  • 28Berardi
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forGrotat 83'minutes
  • 25Vieira
  • 14O'Kane
  • 19Hernández
  • 45Ekuban
  • 9LasoggaSubstituted forSáizat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lonergan
  • 8Anita
  • 11Grot
  • 21Sáiz
  • 22Cibicki
  • 23Phillips
  • 46Pearce

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 14Flanagan
  • 32Burke
  • 5Beevers
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forCloughat 89'minutes
  • 17DerikBooked at 90mins
  • 27KirchhoffSubstituted forWilbrahamat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Ameobi
  • 6Vela
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forMoraisat 66'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 8Karacan
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 22Morais
  • 31Wheater
  • 33Howard
  • 40Clough
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
35,377

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away10

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. Booking

    Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Aaron Wilbraham (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bolton Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Booking

    Derik (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz with a through ball.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Zach Clough replaces Andrew Taylor.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Pablo Hernández tries a through ball, but Matthew Pennington is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jon Flanagan (Bolton Wanderers).

  14. Post update

    Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers).

  17. Post update

    Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).

  19. Post update

    Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Jay-Roy Grot replaces Ezgjan Alioski.

As It Stood

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1Wolves39267671343785
2Cardiff38247761322979
3Fulham392012768412772
4Aston Villa38209961372469
5Derby381614856381862
6Middlesbrough391881355381762
7Bristol City391614956441262
8Millwall3916131048371161
9Sheff Utd39187145244861
10Preston39151594941860
11Brentford391413125547855
12Leeds39158165254-253
13Ipswich38157164748-152
14Norwich391313134146-552
15QPR391211164556-1147
16Nottm Forest39137194356-1346
17Sheff Wed391014154553-844
18Hull38912175359-639
19Reading39912184557-1239
20Bolton39912183458-2439
21Barnsley39713193958-1934
22Birmingham3896232857-2933
23Sunderland39613204269-2731
24Burton3979232870-4230
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