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Leeds United 2-1 QPR: Kemar Roofe brace makes it four straight wins

Leeds striker Kemar Roofe scores a penalty against QPR
Kemar Roofe (centre) has scored 10 goals in 15 Championship appearances for Leeds this season

QPR boss Steve McClaren was critical of the decision to award what turned out to be a match-winning penalty in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by a Leeds United side he expects to be in the promotion mix come May.

The decision to penalise a handball by Toni Leistner gave Kemar Roofe the chance to add his second from the spot, having already cancelled out Nahki Wells' opener.

"It was a poor decision for the penalty, a very, very poor decision," McClaren said. "It's cost us a result.

"Toni was adamant it didn't touch his hand and the referee's position - wow. He's got fantastic eyes. He can see through people I think to see a handball.

"I think they won ugly today and that's what you need to do when you're going for promotion."

"There's a lot of big clubs and only three can go up. There will be a lot of disappointed clubs with big expectations that won't make it.

"But Leeds are going to be up there, without a shadow of a doubt."

Wells put the visitors ahead, against the run of play, midway through the first half when he nicked the ball past Pontus Jansson and slotted in with a left-foot shot.

Roofe turned in from close range to equalise on the stroke of half-time, and completed the turnaround from the penalty spot eight minutes after the restart following Leistner's handball.

Whites keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell tipped over a shot from Jake Bidwell in the closing stages as Marcelo Bielsa's side held on to register a fourth straight win.

The two managers passions were evident
McClaren (right) and Bielsa were involved in dialogue throughout a feisty encounter

"The first part of both halves were very good. In the second part of the first half we suffered the effect of conceding a goal," Bielsa said.

"After the opponent scored they increased their level of play. QPR dominated but through different paths.

"At the end of the game we didn't have any other option than to adapt to the kind of game that the opponent proposed.

"We had too many tall players in front of our box so we had to solve this problem and as we were only winning by one goal, the result was at stake."

Leeds had looked to be heading back to the top of the table, but Norwich scored a stoppage-time winner against Bolton to retain their place at the summit.

Roofe's second goal, his 10th of the season, came after Leeds were awarded a penalty for the first time in 59 games - a run stretching back to October 2017.

The hosts largely dominated proceedings at Elland Road but Wells twice came close to an equaliser for the west Londoners.

First the on-loan Burnley striker fired over from Angel Rangel's cut-back and minutes later he flashed an effort wide of the post from 20 yards.

Leeds now have a five-point gap to third-placed Sheffield United and Derby County in fourth, while QPR slipped three places to 14th after their winless run stretched to four matches.

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 46Shackleton
  • 18Jansson
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 63mins
  • 3Douglas
  • 4Forshaw
  • 10Alioski
  • 14SáizSubstituted forHalmeat 81'minutes
  • 43KlichBooked at 33mins
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forClarkeat 86'minutes
  • 7Roofe

Substitutes

  • 9Bamford
  • 13Huffer
  • 22Harrison
  • 34Baker
  • 40Davis
  • 47Clarke
  • 52Halme

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 22RangelBooked at 76minsSubstituted forat 90+3'minutes
  • 37LeistnerBooked at 52mins
  • 33LynchBooked at 85mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 21Luongo
  • 5CameronSubstituted forScowenat 45'minutesBooked at 46mins
  • 23WszolekSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 73'minutes
  • 10EzeSubstituted forSmithat 78'minutes
  • 7Freeman
  • 32Wells

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 2Furlong
  • 8Cousins
  • 11Scowen
  • 16Hemed
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
33,781

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Jack Clarke (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Angel Rangel went off injured after Queens Park Rangers had used all subs.

Offside, Leeds United. Barry Douglas tries a through ball, but Kemar Roofe is caught offside.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Jack Clarke (Leeds United).

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Leeds United. Ezgjan Alioski tries a through ball, but Kemar Roofe is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Barry Douglas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Attempt saved. Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jack Clarke replaces Pablo Hernández.

Booking

Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Aapo Halme (Leeds United).

Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kemar Roofe.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Aapo Halme replaces Samuel Sáiz.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nahki Wells with a cross.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Eberechi Eze.

Attempt saved. Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Lumley.

Booking

Angel Rangel (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Angel Rangel (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bright Samuel replaces Pawel Wszolek.

Attempt missed. Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich21134438241443
2Leeds21126335181742
3Sheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby2111463124737
5West Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa218854132932
9Birmingham217953025530
10Stoke217952725230
11Blackburn217952731-430
12Swansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14QPR218492531-628
15Preston216783235-325
16Wigan2174102329-625
17Sheff Wed216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull2156102130-921
20Rotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich2118121737-2011
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