Wood v Brighton

Wood at 4/1 againnnnnnnn!

Fri March 18th Leeds United 2 (Wood 63, 85 pen) Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Leeds: Green, Berardi, Bartley, Cooper, Taylor, Bridcutt, Vieira, Sacko (Dallas 81), Pedraza (Doukara 75), Hernandez (O’Kane 89), Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Roofe, Jansson, Barrow. Brighton: Stockdale, Hunemeier, Dunk, Stephens, Kayal (Norwood 83), Skalak (March 70), Baldock (Akpom 74), Knockaert, Murray, Rosenior, Tomori. Subs not used: Maenpaa, Hemed, Sidwell, White. Booked: Rosenior, Murray (Brighton) Referee: L. Mason Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 29,767

Chris Wood’s second half brace secured Leeds United a massive victory at Elland Road, as the Whites took a step closer to securing a Play-Off place, at a minimum.

With promotion rivals Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham all dropping points ahead of the game, even more was at stake in the 5:30pm kick-off and it was a cagey start to the match from both sides, who were happy to keep possession and pass the ball around.

The first chance came in the 23rd minute, Leeds won a corner in front of the Kop and Pablo Hernandez’s delivery was met by Kyle Bartley, but he couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Hernandez then won Leeds a free-kick on the left edge of the box, but he could only fire his effort against the wall.

The Spanish midfielder continued to be a threat to Brighton and he made good progress down field, before putting a great ball into the box, forcing Uwe Henemeier to head over his own cross bar, with Chris Wood waiting to pounce.

From the resulting corner, the ball fell to Wood, but he couldn’t make the desired connection with the ball, to put an effort on target.

Brighton’s first chance came in the 32nd minute, Beram Kayal put a low ball into the box and Liam Cooper almost put the ball into the back of his own net, but for a super save from Rob Green.

Leeds then countered from the resulting corner and Wood went down in the Brighton area, giving the Whites a huge shout for a penalty, but the referee waved it away.

Just before the break, Gaetano Berardi tried his luck from range, but his effort hit Wood in the box, who was unable to control as the two sides went in level at the break.

Half Time: Leeds United 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

After the break Jiri Skalak shot from distance at the Leeds goal and his low effort forced Green into another good save.

Leeds had a great opportunity on the hour mark, Berardi put a cross into the Brighton box, which the Seagulls failed to clear, it landed at the feet of Wood, but he was denied by Stockdale.

However three minutes later, Wood was not to be denied, Taylor got to the byline, before putting in a great cross and the New Zealand striker’s superb looping header found the back of the net to erupt Elland Road.

On the break Brighton had the chance to hit back, Anthony Knockaert broke down field and had a good opportunity to cross, but instead fired a weak effort at Green.

Murray then went through on goal for the visitors, but he couldn’t find Brighton a leveller, firing wide of the right post.

The Brighton striker then found space in the Leeds area, he chested down well, before striking on goal, but once he was denied by Green, again in great form for the Whites.

Substitute Souleymane Doukara then won Leeds a penalty with six minutes of regular time remaining, he dribbled into the Brighton area, before being brought down by Fikayo Timori. Wood stepped up and smashed the ball straight down the middle, to secure Leeds all three points to move eight points clear of seventh placed Fulham and eight points behind the Seagulls in second spot.

Full Time: Leeds United 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion


Sat 11th of March Leeds United 0 Queens Park Rangers 0 Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Bridcutt, Vieira (O’Kane 78), Roofe (Sacko 60), Hernandez, Pedraza (Doukara 73), Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Cooper, Taylor, Dallas. QPR: Smithies, Freeman, Bidwell, Hall, Onuoha, Lynch, Washington (Mackie 80), Wszolek (Ngbakoto 79), Smith (Sylla 78), Luongo, Furlong. Subs not used: Ingram, Goss, Manning, Morrison. Booked: Ayling, Pedraza, Bridcutt, O’Kane (Leeds), Bidwell, Mackie (QPR) Referee: T. Robinson Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 30,870


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QPR3 QPR6 QPR7Leeds United were made to settle for a point for a second game running as the Whites played out a goal-less draw with QPR at Elland Road.

Garry Monk made four changes to his starting line-up following the midweek clash with Fulham as Ronaldo Vieira, Pablo Hernandez, Luke Ayling and Chris Wood returned.

The visitors created the most chances in the opening stages, Luke Freeman fired from 20 yards on the half volley, but couldn’t direct his effort on goal.

QPR then went close from a corner, Darnell Furlong got a good flick on, but Conor Washington at the back post was unable to stab it home.

Former United striker Matt Smith almost broke the deadlock in the 12th minute, he got his head on the end of Joel Lynch’s cross, but his effort went over the crossbar.

Washington then went through on goal, after a neat turn, but Leeds had Rob Green to thank, who made a super save on his 600th league appearance.

Leeds’ first opportunity came six minutes later, Ronaldo Vieira put in a decent cross which found Alfonso Pedraza a the back post, he fired on goal forcing Alex Smithies into action and the QPR defence cleared with Chris Wood waiting to pounce.

Gaetano Berardi put a long throw into the visitors box to cause problems, the ball fell to Luke Ayling on the edge of the box, but his effort was well blocked.

Ayling then picked up his tenth yellow card of the season for a foul on Jake Bidwell, ruling him out of United’s next two fixtures.

Just before the break Berardi sent Kemar Roofe into the box, who cut inside before shooting, but his effort deflected wide.

Half Time: Leeds United 0-0 Queens Park Rangers

After the break Leeds came out of the blocks, Ayling put in a good cross looking for Pedraza, but Furlong did well to head away the danger under pressure.

QPR then went close from a set-piece, Freeman whipped in a corner and Jansson cleared, Bidwell fired at goal from the edge, forcing Green into action.

Washington then had another great opportunity, he cut inside Kyle Bartley, before entering the penalty area, but he could only put his effort wide.

Substitute Hadi Sacko had a positive impact, he liked up with Ayling who teed up Hernandez to cross, Wood got on the end of it with his back to goal, but his header was off target.

At the other end Furlong put a long throw into the box and Freeman headed on goal, but Green made a relatively easy stop.

Sacko then put a really good ball into the box and Chris Wood went down claiming his shirt was being tugged, however the referee waved away the protests.

Bartley then went down at a Leeds free-kick in the last minute of normal time, with Hernandez delivering, but neither team could get a vital break-through with United having to settle for a point for the second game running.

Full Time: Leeds United 0-0 Queens Park Rangers


Tues 7th of March Fulham 1 (Cairney 90+5) Leeds United 1 (Ream O.G. 5) Fulham: Button, Fredericks, Malone (Sessegnon 61), McDonald (Parker 74), Kebano, Cairney, Ream, Johansen, Aluko, Martin (Cyriac 75), Kalas. Subs not used: Bettinelli, Odoi, Madl, Sigurdsson. Leeds: Green, Berardi, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Phillips, Bridcutt, Sacko (Barrow 60), Roofe (Vieira 87), Pedraza (Dallas 82), Doukara. Subs not used: Silvestri, Cooper, Antonsson, Hernandez. Booked: Barrow, Phillips, Sacko (Leeds), Johansen, McDonald, Cairney (Fulham) Sent Off: Phillips Referee: L. Probert Venue: Craven Cottage Attendance: 22,239

Leeds United head coach Garry Monk made five changes from Friday’s victory at Birmingham, with Charlie Taylor making his first start since December.


United denied in 95th minute a win at the Cottage

Leeds got off to a dream start inside five minutes, Kyle Bartley floated a free-kick forwards and Tim Ream sliced the ball beyond Fulham goalkeeper David Button and into his own net.

Gaetano Berardi then tested Button from range, a corner fell to the full-back and he volleyed at goal, forcing the Fulham stopper into a good save.

Fulham then went close through captain Tom Cairney, he was teed up to shoot by Neeskens Kebano and his effort from 25 yards curled just wide of the post.

Kebano then thought he had pulled a goal back for Fulham, he cut inside before firing at goal and his effort bounced down from the crossbar appearing to cross the line, but no goal was given.

Rob Green was then forced into action when a corner fell to Scott Malone who shot from distance, forcing the Leeds goalkeeper into a good save.

Malone then had another opportunity after being teed up by Cairney at a corner, but he couldn’t keep his effort down.

Alfonso Pedraza had the chance to double Leeds’ lead when he went through on goal, but he couldn’t get the better of Button from a narrow angle.

Half Time: Fulham 0-1 Leeds United

After the break Taylor made good progress down the left side, before letting fire, but he could only fire wide.

The troublesome Kebano had an opportunity to level when he created space to shoot in the Leeds box, but his effort hit the side netting.

Kemar Roofe then had an attempt from range for Leeds, but Button in the Fulham goal made a good save.

Fulham continued to press, dominating possession and territory, but Leeds defended heroically and almost scored again, against the run of play. Roofe found substitute Modou Barrow, who teed up Pedraza, but his effort was denied by the post.

The home side continued to press, but Cairney couldn’t find the target with a low effort.

Stefan Johansen then went close, but his shot was denied by a good save from Green in the Leeds goal and from the resulting corner, the ball pinged around the area, before Scott Parker fired over.

Phillips then saw red for a second yellow card in the 90th minute, before Green made a fine save from Gohi Cyriac to keep Leeds in front.

However Green couldn’t prevent Leeds from leaving with all three points, when with the last kick of the game Cairney found the top left corner with a long range effort.

Full Time: Fulham 1-1 Leeds United


Friday March 3rd Birmingham City 1 (Gardner 63) Leeds United 1 (Wood 17, 67, Pedraza 81) Birmingham: Kuszczak, Nsue, Robinson, Shotton, Kieftenbeld (Jutkiewicz 62), Tesche, Gardner, Adams (Sinclair 89), Dacres-Cogley, Davis, Keita (Frei 82). Subs not used: Legzdins, Grounds, Gleeson, Bielik. Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Bridcutt, O’Kane (Phillips 59), Hernandez (Roofe 82), Doukara, Dallas (Pedraza 73), Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Cooper, Roofe, Phillips, Sacko, Barrow, Pedraza. Booked: Davis, Tesche (Birmingham) Referee: C. Kavanagh Venue: St Andrews Attendance: 20,321 (3,281 Leeds)

A Chris Wood brace and Alfonso Pedraza’s first goal for the club gave Leeds United a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City at St Andrews.


United celebrate a decent 3 points at St Andrews

Leeds had an early chance inside a minute of the game getting underway, Stuart Dallas fired on goal from range forcing Tomasz Kuszczak into a good save.

Craig Gardner then fired on goal for the hosts from range, Kyle Barltley got his head to it and the ball fell to David Davis at a narrow angle, but he could only find the side netting.

Birmingham striker had an opportunity to give the home side the lead when he went through on goal, but Rob Green made a fine save to deny him and keep the scores level.

That save proved to be vital as the Whites made a breakthrough less than a minute later. Luke Ayling played a great ball forward and Chris Wood made a brilliant run before lobbing the ball over the out-coming Birmingham goalkeeper, nothing up his 21st goal of the season to become the leading scorer in the Championship.

The home side had an opportunity to hit back from a corner. The ball pinged around the Leeds area before falling to Paul Robinson, who saw his effort blocked before United cleared.

Gardner then went close from a free-kick on the right wing, his attempt went just over Green’s crossbar.

Dallas had a good chance to double the lead for Leeds, the ball fell to him in a great position, but he could only blaze his effort over.

The home side almost levelled just before the break, when Robert Tesche fired a half volley from 30 yards, which rattled the Leeds crossbar.

Half Time: Birmingham City 0-1 Leeds United

After the break the home side came out strongly and Gardner fired a shot from distance but couldn’t find the target.

Che Adams then had two great opportunities to pull the home side level, first he saw a header cleared off the line by Kyle Bartley, before firing over from inside ten yards just moments later.

Birmingham did get a leveller in the 63rd minute, Gardner found the bottom left corner with a fine low strike from 25 yards.

However it took Leeds less than four minutes to hit regain the lead, Souleymane Doukara sent substitute Kalvin Phillips into the box and he played the ball across goal for Wood to slot home his second of the match.

Pablo Hernandez came close to extending United’s lead, he was teed up in the area by Ayling, forcing Kuszczak into a good save.

Leeds got a third goal nine minutes from time, Hernandez played Alfonso Pedraza through and he found the right corner with a fantastic finish.

Wood had the chance to score a hat-trick at the death following a mistake by Birmingham defender Ryan Shotton, but he was denied a third by Birmingham’s goalkeeper.

The win keeps United in fourth spot in the Championship and extends the Whites unbeaten run to four matches.

Full Time: Birmingham City 1-3 Leeds United