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Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers: Alioski nets winner for promotion hopefuls

Patrick Bamford scored the first goal for Leeds
Patrick Bamford's spot-kick was his fourth goal of the season for Leeds

Leeds United maintained their challenge for an automatic Championship promotion place with a home victory over struggling Bolton Wanderers.

Patrick Bamford put Marcelo Bielsa's side in front from the spot after Tyler Roberts was fouled in the box by Pawel Olkowski.

But the visitors were soon on level terms when Mark Beevers forced a loose ball home moments after David Wheater's header from a corner was cleared off the line.

Bamford was twice denied a second by Remi Matthews, but the Bolton keeper was at fault when he misjudged Ezgjan Alioski's cross, which flew over his head and into the net via the underside of the crossbar, and they suffered a further blow shortly afterwards when boss Phil Parkinson was sent to the stands.

The victory temporarily lifted Leeds into second place, but Sheffield United regained that spot with a fine win at West Bromwich Albion in Saturday's late kick-off.

Wanderers made a good start to the game with Josh Magennis forcing a brilliant, reflex save from Kiko Casilla with a powerful point-blank header, and he also volleyed just wide in an open first half.

Beevers' goal ended a run - which he began - of Bolton's previous seven league goals being scored by seven different players, but Leeds dominated more of the play after the break.

And, although there was an element of fortune about their winner, Alioski's ninth of the season ensured they remained only two points behind leaders Norwich City.

Matthews partially redeemed himself with saves from Bamford, twice, and substitute Stuart Dallas and, although Bolton's Sammy Ameobi fired just wide with his left foot, they could not find an equaliser and remained 23rd in the table, four points from safety.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"It was a game very similar to other games we've played so far.

"We had chances to score and we didn't score goals and we suffered on set pieces, I think this was the axis of the game.

"It was a team that fought a lot, we had many chances to score and we missed many goals and dangerous actions created by the opponent were on set pieces especially."

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I thought we deserved something from the game, we had some good chances first half, hit the bar in the first minute and the game plan worked well.

"I thought we fatigued a bit in the second half, the second goal hurts because it's a mistake.

"The work-rate and what we asked the lads to do was in place today and if we come out of these two games in touching distance we've got a good chance."

On his sending off:

"Every member of both benches was over separating it, and the referee came over and sent me off.

"I'm going to ask in a minute why wasn't their manager sent off as he was outside the technical area doing the same, so were all their staff.

"One of their players poured a bottle of water over Joe Williams' head, that's what started it, he didn't even get booked for it.

"Out of 20 staff in the middle of a melee the referee chose to send me off and left all their staff in place."



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 33Casilla
  • 2AylingSubstituted forShackletonat 90+4'minutes
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 10Alioski
  • 23Phillips
  • 19HernándezBooked at 62mins
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forDallasat 81'minutes
  • 43Klich
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford


  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 15Dallas
  • 37Brown
  • 40Davis
  • 46Shackleton
  • 48Stevens
  • 53Gotts


Formation 4-4-2

  • 20Matthews
  • 16Olkowski
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 17Connolly
  • 19O'NeilBooked at 88mins
  • 4LoweBooked at 4mins
  • 21WilliamsBooked at 71minsSubstituted forMurphyat 86'minutes
  • 12NooneSubstituted forBuckleyat 82'minutes
  • 8DonaldsonSubstituted forAmeobiat 74'minutes
  • 28MagennisBooked at 70mins


  • 2Little
  • 6Vela
  • 10Ameobi
  • 11Buckley
  • 14Hobbs
  • 15Murphy
  • 27Williams
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Match Stats

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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. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Luke Ayling.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Magennis.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

  10. Post update

    Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Booking

    Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Luke Murphy replaces Joe Williams.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. William Buckley replaces Craig Noone.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Tyler Roberts.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

  20. Post update

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


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