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Leeds United 2-1 Swansea City: Marcelo Bielsa's side top of Championship

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson celebrates his goal against Swansea City
Pontus Jansson's opener set Leeds on their way to their first win in three Championship matches

Leeds United took advantage of Norwich's slip-up at Preston by beating Swansea to return to the top of the Championship.

Leeds defender Pontus Jansson marked his 28th birthday with the opening goal at Elland Road, reacting first to Ezgjan Alioski's blocked shot to fire into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Alioski also provided Leeds' second goal for Jack Harrison, who nodded past Erwin Mulder at his near post a minute after the Swansea goalkeeper had kept out his powerful drive.

Oli McBurnie's penalty gave Swansea late hope after Luke Ayling's clumsy foul on Joel Asoro, but Leeds held on to move a point clear of Norwich, who lost 3-1 at Deepdale.

Clear Swansea chances were scarce but they had come close just after half-time when Matt Grimes' deflected free-kick struck the post.

That set-piece was earned by a burst of pace on the edge of the box from winger Daniel James, who nearly joined Leeds in January, but otherwise he was kept relatively quiet by the hosts' defence before being substituted after 67 minutes.

Leeds have faltered somewhat since a run of seven successive wins in November and December, and victory in this match could have been wrapped up long before McBurnie caused some late nerves, with Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe both going close to extending the home side's advantage.

However, their two first-half goals proved enough to maintain a three-point gap to third-placed Sheffield United.

They have a 10-day break until their next game at home to Bolton on 23 February, while Swansea are in FA Cup fifth-round action on Sunday, when fellow Championship club Brentford visit the Liberty Stadium.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We deserved to win. It's hard to understand that we only won by one goal because we dominated the game and had many chances.

"The players will have a four-day rest from Thursday until Sunday. We'll take advantage of this period to recover well."

Swansea City manager Graham Potter said:

"I don't think we really were ourselves first half, although we had moments and a big chance when it was 1-0. You need that if you are going to get anything and we didn't, and they go up the other end and score.

"Then it's 2-0 and it is hard but you see the character of the players to not go under, because you can easily go under here and they didn't.

"They stayed in the game and that's a learning point for them going forward."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 33Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 10Alioski
  • 23Phillips
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forDavisat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Roofe
  • 43KlichSubstituted forShackletonat 77'minutes
  • 22HarrisonBooked at 90mins
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forRobertsat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 11Roberts
  • 37Brown
  • 40Davis
  • 46Shackleton
  • 48Stevens
  • 52Halme

Swansea

  • 25Mulder
  • 26Naughton
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 21Grimes
  • 23Roberts
  • 27FultonSubstituted forAsoroat 56'minutes
  • 28Byers
  • 20JamesSubstituted forNarsinghat 68'minutes
  • 19McKaySubstituted forMcBurnieat 61'minutes
  • 10Celina

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 9McBurnie
  • 11Narsingh
  • 12Dyer
  • 16Asoro
  • 46Baker-Richardson
  • 50Harries
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
34,044

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Swansea City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Swansea City 1.

Attempt blocked. Joel Asoro (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Booking

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).

Matt Grimes (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City).

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Matt Grimes (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Leif Davis replaces Pablo Hernández.

Offside, Swansea City. Oliver McBurnie tries a through ball, but Bersant Celina is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Swansea City 1. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Luke Ayling (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Swansea City. Joel Asoro draws a foul in the penalty area.

Offside, Leeds United. Pablo Hernández tries a through ball, but Luke Ayling is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Connor Roberts (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver McBurnie.

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Shackleton with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Mateusz Klich.

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

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City).

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Tyler Roberts.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.

Attempt blocked. Bersant Celina (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Luciano Narsingh with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts replaces Patrick Bamford.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Leeds United).

Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Luciano Narsingh replaces Daniel James.

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds32187753361761
2Norwich32179661421960
3Sheff Utd32177854342058
4West Brom31159762402254
5Bristol City31158840301053
6Middlesbrough311312635241151
7Derby3114984336751
8Birmingham32111384940946
9Nottm Forest32111384638846
10Aston Villa32101485650644
11Hull32128124542344
12Swansea32128124239344
13Preston321110115047343
14Blackburn321110114349-643
15Brentford311010115043740
16Sheff Wed311010113445-1140
17Stoke32912113340-739
18QPR31116143947-839
19Wigan3297163246-1434
20Millwall31710143445-1131
21Reading32611153445-1129
22Rotherham32513143151-2028
23Bolton3268182147-2626
24Ipswich32310192455-3119
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