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Leeds United 2-0 Queens Park Rangers: Tyler Roberts & Jack Harrison send Whites top

Tyler Roberts
Tyler Roberts scored his first Leeds United goal since October 2018

Leeds United returned to the summit of the Championship table with a hard-fought home victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Tyler Roberts put the hosts in front before half-time, slotting in from the edge of the box after being teed up by Jack Harrison.

Harrison then capitalised on a mix-up in the QPR back line to fire home and make the game safe in the final 10 minutes.

Marcelo Bielsa's men are top of the league on goal difference, although Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion could both go back above them with wins during the next 48 hours.

The Lilywhites, who have rejected an approach from Stoke City for manager Alex Neil, face Charlton Athletic on Sunday, before Albion play the managerless Potters on Monday.

Despite controlling the match for long periods, Leeds were again left nurturing a slender one-goal advantage until Harrison eventually ended the contest with his first goal since the opening weekend of the season.

His strike also meant the Whites scored more than once in a home game for the first time in 2019-20, having now mustered just 19 in 15 league matches - the joint fewest in the top half of the table.

Mateusz Klich volleyed over and Patrick Bamford was denied by a last-ditch challenge from QPR debutant Lee Wallace even before Roberts netted on his first start of the season.

Bamford, who has not scored since 24 August, had a goal ruled out for offside after the break and missed a further chance from six yards out.

The result consigned Rangers to a second consecutive defeat and left Mark Warburton's side ninth.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa said:

"We were calm and if we win by one goal and you have five minutes left, then everybody is nervous in the stadium.

"So we hope that match to match we don't have more of this feeling.

"And we try to pass this kind of match where we are winning 1-0, more relaxed."

QPR manager Mark Warburton said:

"It's a tough place to come and Leeds are a very talented team.

"We probably didn't create enough in the first half. In the second half we started well and at 1-0 with 20 minutes to go we had a big, big chance.

"They're the fine margins at this level. We didn't quite have that belief to really go and get something out of the game."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 3-3-3-1

  • 13Casilla
  • 6Cooper
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 43KlichBooked at 22mins
  • 23Phillips
  • 11Roberts
  • 15Dallas
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forDavisat 83'minutes
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forHernándezat 77'minutes
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 19Hernández
  • 28Berardi
  • 36Gotts
  • 40Davis
  • 44Bogusz
  • 47Clarke

QPR

Formation 5-3-2

  • 32Kelly
  • 22RangelBooked at 90mins
  • 4Hall
  • 37LeistnerSubstituted forKaneat 54'minutes
  • 3WallaceBooked at 79mins
  • 14Manning
  • 19ChairSubstituted forPughat 63'minutes
  • 12BallBooked at 70mins
  • 10Eze
  • 21WellsSubstituted forMlakarat 72'minutes
  • 9HugillBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 7Pugh
  • 8Amos
  • 11Scowen
  • 16Mlakar
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
35,284

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers).

  4. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Booking

    Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leif Davis.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lee Wallace (Queens Park Rangers).

  11. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Jan Mlakar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

  14. Post update

    Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leif Davis (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

  18. Post update

    Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Leif Davis replaces Jack Harrison.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Leeds United 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.