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Leeds United 3-2 Blackburn Rovers: Hosts score two late goals to stretch lead at top

Kemar Roofe scores for Leeds
Kemar Roofe heads in Leeds' stoppage-time winner against Blackburn at Elland Road - his fifth goal in his past four games

Delighted Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa claimed "that is why nothing compares to football" after seeing Kemar Roofe score twice in stoppage time to dramatically beat Blackburn Rovers.

For the second game in succession, top scorer Roofe popped up with a decisive intervention to give the Championship leaders an almost unbelievable victory, having also scored Leeds' 95th-minute winner at Aston Villa on Sunday.

"There was a lot of unnecessary stress to win the game," said Bielsa. "We deserved to win, but it should have been easier.

"We had the obligation to win which was not the case at Aston Villa. But we could have lost it at the end as well.

"It was moving for all of us. Football can give these emotions. That is why nothing compares to football.

"Late wins like this are important because it is not easy to win games in the a tight league like the Championship."

Mulgrew's double not enough for Rovers

Rovers looked to have won the game themselves when, in the 90th minute, Rovers skipper Charlie Mulgrew scored his second goal of the afternoon to put the visitors 2-1 up with a long-range free-kick.

But Roofe fired in from close range after a scramble to equalise, before then heading in a right-wing cross to complete the turnaround.

Leeds' seventh straight win took them three points clear of second-placed Norwich, who came from 3-0 down to draw with Nottingham Forest.

They had gone in front just before half-time when Rovers defender Derrick Williams sliced Jack Harrison's left-wing cross into his own net.

But that was cancelled out two minutes into the second half by Mulgrew's penalty after the Scotland international had himself been fouled inside the box by home skipper Luke Ayling.

We threw it away - Mowbray

Rovers, who slip to 14th, were on course for a first away win since 6 October but, having failed to hold on, they are now without a win in four games.

"It is a quiet dressing room," said Rovers boss Tony Mowbray. "I am proud of the team and the way they played and the effort and desire they showed. We took Leeds all the way.

"We are not far away from being a good side, we worked extraordinarily hard and Leeds are a great team. But we managed to throw it away in added time.

"The game management was not there. We should have seen the game out and slowed the game down at the end. We needed to get hold of the ball and stop it coming back. We needed to be braver. It is a lesson to be learned.

"Stats add up. It's been a while since we got a win. We have hard fixtures coming up but, if we show the same qualities, we will be ok."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 2AylingSubstituted forShackletonat 69'minutes
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 89mins
  • 18Jansson
  • 3DouglasBooked at 77mins
  • 4Forshaw
  • 10Alioski
  • 43Klich
  • 19Hernández
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forClarkeat 60'minutes
  • 7Roofe

Substitutes

  • 13Huffer
  • 34Baker
  • 40Davis
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
  • 52Halme
  • 53Gotts

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2NyambeSubstituted forReedat 62'minutes
  • 26LenihanBooked at 85mins
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 5RodwellBooked at 44minsSubstituted forSmallwoodat 69'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forRothwellat 75'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 17Bell
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 4Reed
  • 6Smallwood
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 24Nuttall
  • 25Downing
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
34,863

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 3, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, Blackburn Rovers 2. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross.

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Jack Clarke (Leeds United).

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

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Clarke.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Harrison Reed.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Richard Smallwood following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United).

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Barry Douglas (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Leeds United).

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell replaces Adam Armstrong.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Attempt saved. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Richard Smallwood replaces Jack Rodwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Luke Ayling.

Attempt missed. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

Attempt missed. Barry Douglas (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds24156342222051
2Norwich24146444291548
3West Brom24136552312145
4Sheff Utd24125739281141
5Middlesbrough2410952517839
6Derby2411673328539
7Birmingham24910537271037
8QPR2411493132-137
9Aston Villa249964637936
10Nottm Forest2481243526936
11Stoke2481063029134
12Bristol City248882928132
13Swansea2495102928132
14Blackburn2471073137-631
15Hull2486102833-530
16Sheff Wed2486103040-1030
17Preston2477103640-428
18Brentford2468103535026
19Wigan2474132335-1225
20Millwall2457122939-1022
21Rotherham24410102339-1622
22Bolton2456131732-1521
23Reading2447132737-1019
24Ipswich2429131941-2215
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