Sat Feb 25th Leeds United 1 (Wood 24) Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, O’Kane (Vieira 83), Bridcutt, Hernandez (Dallas 86), Doukara, Sacko (Roofe 71), Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Cooper, Pedraza, Barrow. Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Loovens, Sasso, Fox (McManaman 45), Wallace, Hutchinson, Abdi (Bannan 68), Reach, Rhodes (Fletcher 68), Foresieri. Subs not used: Wildsmith, Winnall, Palmer, Semedo. Booked: Jansson, Doukara, O’Kane, Bridcutt, Wood (Leeds) Sasso, Wallace (Wednesday) Referee: M. Jones Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 35,093

Leeds United striker Chris Wood took his tally to 20 league goals for the season, to give the Whites a crucial 1-0 victory over sixth placed Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Head coach Garry Monk made two changes from last week’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town, with Liam Bridcutt and Souleymane Doukara returning to the side.


Chris Wood makes sure Leeds earn the double over Wendies

Wood had a good chance in the opening stages of the match, but he could only drag his shot across goal.

Hadi Sacko then showed some neat skill to nutmeg an Owls defender on the byline, he looked to pick out Wood, but the Owls were able to clear the danger.

Jordan Rhodes had Wednesday’s first opportunity in the 23rd minute, he found the ball in the Leeds box, but could only fire over on the turn.

A minute later Leeds took the lead, Gaetano Berardi put a brilliant ball into the box and Wood was given the time to take a touch, before picking his spot and finding the back of the net.

Leeds then had a great chance on the counter attack, Wood sent Sacko downfield, but he was unable to play the clinical pass to Wood or Pablo Hernandez as the chance went begging.

Ahead of the break Fernando Forestieri had an opportunity, the ball fell to him in the box, but he couldn’t find the target with his effort.

Half Time: Leeds United 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

After the interval, Chris Wood picked up possession before firing an effort on goal from the edge of the box and wasn’t far away from finding the top right corner.

Eunan O’Kane then had a penalty appeal turned away, Sam Hutchinson appeared to bring down the midfielder on the box, but referee Michael Jones didn’t agree.

Wednesday won a corner soon after, when Luke Ayling’s header couldn’t be prevented from going out for a corner. From the set-piece the visitors were awarded a penalty as Doukara was penalised for a foul on Hutchinson. Jordan Rhodes stepped up, but he was denied by a fantastic save from Rob Green, who tipped his effort on to the post, before Leeds cleared.

Glenn Loovens then went close for the Owls from a corner, he saw his header go over the crossbar.

Luke Ayling then put a brilliant ball across the face of goal, just waiting to be tapped home, but no-one was able to get on the end of it, as Leeds looked to double the lead.

Substitute Barry Bannan then went close for Wednesday with a long range strike, but his effort went just inches wide.

Wood then saw a second goal ruled out for offside, but United were able to hold on for the derby victory and a very important three points.

Full Time: Leeds United 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Sat Feb 18th Ipswich Town 1 (Sears 9) Leeds United 1 (Dallas 42) Ipswich: Bialkowski, Knudsen, Chambers, Berra, Skuse (Bru 60), McGoldrick (Moore 90), Spence, Ward, Sears, Kenlock, Huws (Bishop 81). Subs not used: Gerken, Smith, Pitman, Emmanuel. Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, O’Kane, Vieira (Bridcutt 46), Hernandez, Dallas, Sacko (Barrow 77), Wood (Doukara 86). Subs not used: Silvestri, Cooper, Roofe, Pedraza. Booked: Knusden (Ipswich) Referee: K. Stroud Venue: Portman Road Attendance: 18,745 (2,113 Leeds)

Stuart Dallas cancelled out an early Ipswich Town opener from Freddie Sears, as Leeds had to settle for a point at Portman Road.

Garry Monk made one change from the side that defeated Bristol City on Tuesday, with Dallas re-called to the starting line-up ahead of Kemar Roofe.

After Leeds made an initial bright start to the match, the home side took the lead against the run of play. Emyr Huws found Grant Ward and he picked out Sears in the box who smashed home inside nine minutes.

Leeds had a chance to hit back when Rob Green collected a corner before sending Hadi Sacko up-field on the counter attack. After breaking into the box, Sacko saw his effort deflect luckily into the arms of Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, from a narrow angle.

Both sides then had opportunities from long range through Ward and Sacko, but neither player could find the target.

The hosts then had the chance to go further ahead when Emyr Huws’ low cross, was fired over the crossbar by Jonas Knudsen from just six yards.

Huws then almost found the back of the net from a corner, his set-piece had to be tipped over the crossbar by Green.

Jordan Spence then put in a good cross for David McGoldrick at the back post, but he could only head wide, under pressure from Luke Ayling.

Leeds however did pull a goal back before the break. Sacko broke down the right before crossing, Chris Wood flicked on and Dallas earned his re-call, by poking the ball into the back of the net at the back post, to ensure it was all even at half time.

Half Time: Ipswich Town 1-1 Leeds United

After the break, chances were few and far between. Ipswich had the chance to regain their lead from a corner, which fell to McGoldrick and his lofted effort hit the bar, before Christophe Berra headed straight at Green

Substitute Kevin Bru then put a free-kick into the Leeds area, which was headed across the face of goal and missed by both Gaetano Berardi and then McGoldrick as the Whites survived.

At the other end, Ayling put a teasing cross into the box for Wood, but goalkeeper Bialkowski did well to collect under a lot of pressure from the Leeds forward.

McGoldrick then sent Sears away on the counter attack, before racing into the box, Sears then returned a ball to the Ipswich forward, but he was denied by a good save from Green.

Leeds’ biggest threats continued to come from crosses, with Dallas putting another neat ball into the box, but once again the Ipswich goalkeeper remained calm under pressure.

Bru then tried a spectacular volley from distance, which he sliced wide, as neither side were able to get a winner ahead of the full-time whistle.

Full Time: Ipswich Town 1-1 Leeds United

Tues Feb 14th Leeds United 2 (Wood 28, Hernandez 47) Bristol City 1 (Djuric 90) Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, O’Kane (Phillips 77), Vieira, Hernandez (Doukara 83), Roofe (Barrow 63), Sacko, Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Cooper, Dallas, Pedraza. Bristol: Giefer, Little (Djuric 46), Bryan, Flint, Brownhill, Abraham (Taylor 37), Tomlin, Golbourne (O’Neil 86), Hegeler, Cotterill, Wright. Subs not used: Fielding, Paterson, Pack, Matthews. Booked: Tomlin, Cotterill, Wright (Bristol), Ayling, Vieira (Leeds) Referee: J. Simpson Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 22,402

Goals from Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez, along with a sterling performance from goalkeeper Rob Green ensured Leeds United got back to winning ways on Valentine’s night at Elland Road.

Head coach Garry Monk made four changes to the side that was beaten by Cardiff City at the weekend, with Pontus Jansson, Eunan O’Kane, Kemar Roofe and Hadi Sacko all recalled to the starting line-up.

The changes almost paid dividends immediately, when Hernandez dinked a cross to the back post, but Roofe could only head over, inside two minutes.

Wood v Bristol City

Wood just keeps on scoring as Leeds get back to winning ways

Bristol had a chance of their own just two minutes later, David Cotterill struck a free-kick from 35 yards, which swerved awkwardly throughout, before reaching goal and Green did really well to parry it away.

Roofe then had another opportunity, again combining with Hernandez, he turned well in the area, before firing just wide.

It was the same pair who linked up in the 11th minute as Leeds continued to dominate, this time the Spaniard fired at goal from the edge of the box, but was unable to find the target.

Ronaldo Vieira then played in Hernandez, he broke into the box before firing at goal from a narrow angle, forcing Fabian Giefer into a good low save.

United’s top goal-scorer Chris Wood was next to go close, he turned and shot from the edge of the box, forcing Giefer into action once again.

The Whites took a deserved lead in the 28th minute, Hernandez with some fast thinking, took a free-kick quickly, catching the Bristol defence completely off guard. He played Wood through on goal, who was totally alert to the situation and the New Zealand international made no mistake, firing home.

Vieira was next to try his luck from distance to try and extend the lead for Leeds, he wasn’t far off finding the top left corner.

Bristol had a chance to level in added time when Joe Bryan broke through down the left flank on the counter attack, he forced Green into a really neat save, before Pontus Jansson swept up the danger.

Half Time: Leeds United 1-0 Bristol City

The visitors made a change at the break, with Milan Djuric replacing Mark Little, but that was unable to prevent Leeds from extending the advantage. Hernandez who had been magnificent in the first half struck from 20 yards and found the back of the net via an Aden Flint deflection.

Bristol substitute Matty Taylor was next to test Green, he fired from range and United’s stopper made another good low save.

Cotterill then put a really neat cross into the back post for Djuric, but once again Green was determined not to be beaten.

Joe Bryan was next to go close to pulling a goal back for the visitors, he shot low from 20 yards and Green did really well to tip the ball around the post.

Leeds had a big shout for a penalty in the 67th minute, Hernandez whipped in a free-kick and Luke Ayling volleyed back across goal, but the referee awarded a corner.

Cotterill had an opportunity to test Green once more at a free-kick from the left edge of the box, but once again the Whites goalkeeper kept United in front.

Wood then went through on goal from a Leeds counter attack, he took the ball around Giefer and from a narrow angle teed up substitute Modou Barrow, but the winger’s touch let him down and Bristol cleared.

Kalvin Phillips went close with a free-kick late on, he wasn’t far away from finding the top right corner with his effort.

Flint then saw an effort go over via the crossbar, before Green made a great save to deny Taylor. However the visitors did pull a goal back when Djuric headed home the corner, in the last action of the game.

The win puts six points between Leeds and seventh placed Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship, as the Whites recorded a seventh victory in eight games at Elland Road.

Full Time: Leeds United 2-1 Bristol City

Sat Feb 11th Leeds United 0 Cardiff City 2 (Morrison 53, Zohore 71) Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Cooper, Berardi, Dallas (Sacko 62), Vieira (Doukara 76), Bridcutt, Hernandez, Pedraza (Roofe 71), Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, O’Kane, Barrow, Coyle. Cardiff: McGregor, Morrison, Richards, Ralls, Noone, Bamba, Halford, Connolly, Gunnarsson, Harris (Hoilett 87), Zohore (Lambert 87). Subs not used: Bennett, Whittingham, John, Murphy, Healey. Booked: Ayling, Cooper, Bridcutt (Leeds), Halford (Cardiff) Sent Off: Bridcutt (Leeds) Referee: J. Linington Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 31,516

Former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock came back to haunt the Whites, masterminding a 2-0 victory for Cardiff City at Elland Road.

United head coach Garry Monk made changes from last week’s defeat at Huddersfield, with Alfonso Pedraza handed an Elland Road debut.

Stuart Dallas won Leeds an early free-kick when he was tripped on the edge of the box by Jazz Richards. Pablo Hernandez could only hit the wall though, with his effort.

United who looked the brighter of the two sides again troubled through Dallas when he broke through on the right flank, he looked to lob a ball over to Chris Wood, free in the box, but a great interception by Sean Morrison denied Leeds an opportunity at goal.

Hernandez was then given space in the middle of the park, he utilised it well charging forward, before firing at goal, but he was unable to find the target with his low effort.

The Bluebirds’ best chance of the first half came in the 27th minute, Craig Noone delivered a free-kick from the left flank and Greg Halford with a free header could only direct his effort straight at Leeds goalkeeper Rob Green.

Pedraza, in his first start, then moved his way through the field, into the Cardiff box, but his effort on goal was blocked.

Hernandez then won Leeds another free-kick, central 25 yards from goal. Wood fired the set-piece at goal, low, but couldn’t get the better of Allan McGregor who made a good save in the Cardiff net.

The visitors had an opportunity before the break when a Luke Ayling slip allowed Kadeem Harris to make a run down the wing, he tried to play in Kenneth Zohore, but Green made a crucial interception to keep the scores level.

Half Time: Leeds United 0-0 Cardiff City

After the break Leeds came close to a breakthrough, Dallas put a really good cross into the back post with Ayling lurking, but Harris made a fine diving header to clear the danger.

Leeds then again nearly went in front from a corner, Hernandez delivered and found Cooper, but the defender could only head over the bar.

It was Cardiff though who took the lead in the 53rd minute from a set-piece. Noone delivered a free-kick and Morrison found the back of the net, to end Leeds’ record of six home games without conceding a goal.

Noone then went close to doubling City’s lead, he turned well on the edge of the box, before firing at goal, forcing Green into action.

The visitors then had another opportunity, when Zohore saw his header cleared off the line by Kyle Bartley before Green made a good save.

Cardiff doubled their lead in the 71st minute, Aron Gunnarsson made a really good run, before teeing up Zohore who slotted home.

Leeds almost pulled a goal back when Ayling found substitute Kemar Roofe in the box, he turned and shot, but McGregor saved.

Liam Bridcutt was then shown red, after picking up his second yellow card, before Roofe was denied in a one-on-one opportunity late on, as Leeds suffered a miserable day at Elland Road.

Full Time: Leeds United 0-2 Cardiff City

Sun Feb 5th Huddersfield Town 2 (Brown 27, Hefele 89) Leeds United 1 (Wood 35) Town: Ward, Smith, Hogg, Kachunga, Mooy, Lowe, Van La Parra (Lolley 65), Quaner (Wells 65), Schindler, Hefele, Palmer (Brown 25). Subs not used: Coleman, Whitehead, Hudson, Cranie. United: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Bridcutt, Vieira, Doukara (Pedraza 62), Hernandez (O’Kane 82), Dallas (Barrow 77), Wood. Subs not used: Booked: Kachunga, Wells (Huddersfield) Ayling, Bartley, Hernandez, Bridcutt, Jansson (Leeds) Referee: S. Hooper Venue: John Smith’s Stadium Attendance: 22,400 (1,958 Leeds)

Michael Hefele scored a late winner for Huddersfield Town as the Terriers moved above Leeds in Sky Bet Championship.

Head coach Garry Monk made three changes from the side that beat Blackburn in midweek, with Ronaldo Vieira, Souleymane Doukara and Pablo Hernandez coming into the side, with new signings Modou Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza named on the bench.

Chris Wood v Hfld

Chris Wood’s goal wasn’t enough to salvage a point in the Yorkshire derby

United had a fine chance inside four minutes, Hernandez played in Chris Wood, who drove forward before firing at goal from a narrow angle, but he was denied by a really good save from Danny Ward.

Huddersfield created a good opportunity of their own in the 21st minute, Colin Quaner went through on goal, but Rob Green in the United goal kept the scores level.

A Pontus Jansson clearance almost found its way into the back of the Leeds net, when it deflected off Quaner, the ball looped over Green and thankfully for United, over the crossbar.

Huddersfield did go in front though, just a minute later, Jansson made a good tackle on the edge of the box, before the ball found its way to Tommy Smith whose cross was slotted home by substitute Isaiah Brown with his first touch.

United did find a leveller though eight minutes later, at a Leeds free-kick, Hernandez’s second ball found Kyle Bartley, who flicked on for Wood and the United striker supplied some sublime control and skill, before putting the ball into the back of the net.

The Terriers almost hit back immediately, United had Gaetano Berardi to thank, he made a superb block to deny Elias Kachunga’s close range effort.

The home side continued to press for a second goal and were only denied when Green made another brilliant save to deny Quaner.

Michael Hefele then went close at a Town set-piece, he met Aaron Mooy’s corner, but could only head wide as the two sides went in level at the break.

Half Time: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leeds United

Stuart Dallas went close after the break, a corner fell to him on the edge of the box, but he saw his effort well blocked.

Huddersfield had a great chance to go back in front in the 62nd minute, Kachunga put in a brilliant low ball, but Rajiv Van La Parra was unable to get on the end of it.

Quaner should have scored for the hosts two minutes later, he was picked out in the area by Brown, but his mis-kick, ensured Leeds survived.

Following the missed chance, Leeds charged up-field and debutant Pedraza introduced from the bench, brought a really good save out of Ward in the Huddersfield net with a long range effort.

The home side again went close, this time from a corner, Kyle Bartley headed the ball back to Mooy, who broke into the area, before firing low, with Green on hand again to prevent Huddersfield from regaining the lead.

Christopher Schindler then put a ball right across the face of goal for the Terriers, but nobody was able to get on the end of it, with the goal gaping.

However their would be a winner for the hosts at the death, Mooy’s deflected effort fell to the feet of Hefele, who fired home to give Huddersfield the win.

Following the goal Monk and Huddersfield head coach David Wagner were sent to the stands, following a touchline confrontation between both sets of staff, but the hosts were not to be denied the three points.

Feb 1st Blackburn Rovers 1 (Bennett 84) Leeds United 2 (Dallas 74, Jansson 89)Steele, Greer, Williams, Lowe, Feeney, Graham, Mulgrew, Gallagher, Nyambe, Lenihan, Bennett. Subs not used: Raya, Joao, Guthrie, Tomlinson, Mahoney, Brown, Conway. United: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Bridcutt, O’Kane, Roofe (Doukara 61), Sacko (Hernandez 46), Dallas, Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Antonsson, Doukara, Hernandez, Phillips, Vieira, Coyle. Booked: Jansson (Leeds) Referee: G. Eltringham Venue: Ewood Park Attendance: 17,026 (6,402 Leeds)

Goals from Stuart Dallas and Pontus Jansson secure the three points for Leeds at Ewood Park

Pontus Jansson’s last minute header secured Leeds United all three points at Ewood Park and back to back victories in the Sky Bet Championship.

Dallas v Bburn

Dallas celebrates the opener in front of nearly 7,000 travelling LUFC fans

Head coach Garry Monk re-shuffled his pack following Sunday’s defeat at Sutton United, with only Stuart Dallas retaining his place in the starting line-up.

Clear-cut chances were limited in the first period for both sides, Liam Bridcutt’s goal-ward half volley inside nine minutes was unable to test Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Steele.

A sliced clearance from Gaetano Berardi almost gave Danny Graham a sniff at goal, however Rob Green was equal to it, sweeping up the danger.

Leeds had a shout for a penalty in the 19th minute, with Stuart Dallas and Kemar Roofe appealing for a handball by Darragh Lenihan following a Dallas cross, but referee Geoff Eltringham waved away the appeals.

United’s best opportunity came just moments later, Chris Wood was bundled over on the edge of the box and the New Zealand striker stepped up to take the set-piece, firing just inches wide from 20 yards.

Eunan O’Kane then managed to break into the Rovers penalty area, he weaved through the defence, but couldn’t get his strike away, with Blackburn clearing.

Some fine football starting with a wonderful cross-field switch from Berardi gave Luke Ayling the chance to cross into the area, however Roofe could only head wide, as both sides went into the break level.

Half Time: Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Leeds United

United made one change at the break with Pablo Hernandez replacing Hadi Sacko, Roofe had an early chance, but he was unable to control a good cross in a dangerous area.

Rovers pressed to take the lead with a number of corners, however each set-piece was safely cleared by the head of instrumental defender Pontus Jansson.

Substitute Hernandez then whipped a cross into the box, it found Dallas at the back post, but under pressure, he could only head wide.

Blackburn then went close from a free-kick, from a narrow angle Elliott Bennett forced a really neat save from Green, who tipped the ball around the post.

The Whites got a breakthrough in the 74th minute, after being encouraged to attack by the away end, Liam Bridcutt put a great ball into the back post and Dallas provided a sublime low finish to give United the lead.

However Leeds’ chances of coming away with three points took a dent ten minutes later, when Bennett found the bottom left corner from 30 yards.

Leeds though rallied and did secure all three points at the death, when Jansson headed home Hernandez’s corner, to send the travelling 6,000 contingent into jubilation, with Leeds moving eight points clear of seventh placed Sheffield Wednesday.