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Leeds 1-0 Bristol City: Second-placed Leeds boost promotion hopes with win

Luke Ayling
Luke Ayling joined Leeds from Bristol City in August 2016

Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United recorded their first win in four with victory over Bristol City.

Former Robins full-back Luke Ayling smashed the hosts into the lead with a powerful low shot from six yards after the ball ricocheted to him in the area.

Helder Costa twice forced fine saves from City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley and Jack Harrison hit an effort against the crossbar as Leeds pushed for a second, while Nahki Wells fired the visitors' best chance into the side netting.

Victory, coupled with Fulham's shock home loss to Barnsley, meant that the Whites stretched their lead over the third-placed Cottagers to three points.

The hosts went into the game on the back of a run of just one win in seven league games but the visitors could not live with their intensity in difficult conditions.

They could have gone in front before Ayling hammered in his second goal of the season, while Costa and Stuart Dallas went close to making it two before Patrick Bamford had an effort ruled out for offside as the hosts threatened to run away with it before the break.

Their dominance continued in the second half but excellent goalkeeping from Bentley kept Lee Johnson's side in the contest and Wells should perhaps have done better when played in on goal by substitute Famara Diedhiou late on.

Leeds, who have narrowed the gap on Championship leaders West Brom to four points, host Reading next Saturday, while Bristol City welcome the Baggies to Ashton Gate.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We attacked well. We missed a lot of chances. We defended well and they created few chances. We ran a lot, we fought for every ball.

"The performance in general was positive. The players can adapt to this sort of weather easily because they are used to it.

"We have experienced every type of situation and we have more resources to manage the different type of matches that we will face."

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I was disappointed in the first 25-30 minutes, I just felt we froze a bit. The flair players were too easily bullied and got caught in the headlights.

"We then came into it a little bit more when we relaxed and started playing. Leeds were still good, they deserved the win today - but we didn't deserve what happened to us with the [not awarded] penalty decision.

"It's a stonewall penalty. It's too big a game to not get those things right. It's probably just the fear of Leeds away."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 15DallasBooked at 55mins
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forShackletonat 90'minutes
  • 43KlichBooked at 90mins
  • 22Harrison
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forAugustinat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 3Douglas
  • 10Alioski
  • 11Roberts
  • 28Berardi
  • 29Augustin
  • 46Shackleton

Bristol City

  • 1Bentley
  • 22KalasBooked at 81mins
  • 29Williams
  • 6Baker
  • 3Dasilva
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forPalmerat 74'minutes
  • 42Massengo
  • 8Henriksen
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forDiédhiouat 60'minutes
  • 14WeimannSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 34'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 2Hunt
  • 9Diédhiou
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 25Rowe
  • 31Benkovic
  • 38Wollacott
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
35,819

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Bristol City 0.

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

Foul by Kasey Palmer (Bristol City).

Booking

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jean-Kévin Augustin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Pablo Hernández.

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Leeds United).

Jay Dasilva (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Markus Henriksen.

Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Han-Noah Massengo.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a through ball.

Booking

Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jean-Kévin Augustin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Famara Diédhiou with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Jean-Kévin Augustin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Bristol City).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jean-Kévin Augustin replaces Patrick Bamford.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kasey Palmer replaces Niclas Eliasson.

Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Cooper.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Han-Noah Massengo.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom331712459362363
2Leeds33178848301859
3Fulham33168947361156
4Brentford331671054272755
5Nottm Forest331510845331255
6Preston331581047371053
7Bristol City33158104846253
8Blackburn331481148381050
9Cardiff33121474845350
10Millwall33121384038249
11Swansea33121294141048
12Sheff Wed33128134138344
13Derby331111114145-444
14Birmingham33128134249-744
15Reading33119134137442
16QPR33126155158-742
17Hull33118144751-441
18Middlesbrough33813123443-937
19Charlton3399154147-636
20Huddersfield3399153852-1436
21Stoke33104194153-1234
22Wigan33710163350-1731
23Luton3393213966-2730
24Barnsley33610174058-1828
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