- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, November 24th 2018
- Elland Road
James Crawley reports from Elland Road
Report: Leeds United 2-0 Bristol City
Saturday, November 24th 2018
Ten-man Bristol City fell to defeat through second-half goals away to Leeds United.
Lee Johnson's side grew into the contest but Josh Brownhill’s dismissal with a second yellow card early into the second-half changed the momentum, with Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez sealing the host’s victory.
Niki Mäenpää produced a brilliant diving stop to keep City in the tie but United’s domination proved in the end.
The result sees City slip to 14th in the Sky Bet Championship.
Hekeeb Adelakun was handed his league debut, as Johnson made four changes to his starting XI: Lloyd Kelly, Niclas Eliasson and Jamie Paterson were also restored, with Nathan Baker, Jay Dasilva, Liam Walsh and Famara Diédhiou all named on the bench.
Hosts settle first
Summer signing Adelakun looked bright early on but City quickly began to look nervous with Leeds pressing.
Kalvin Phillips had United’s first notable effort when he blazed high and wide but Mäenpää came to City’s rescue after Mateusz Klich’s clipped ball found Ezgjan Alioski, whose fierce strike was tipped over the bar.
Weimann’s continual running always gave the home side’s backline something to think about though and a chance was on when Paterson fed the Austrian. Weimann teased his marker as he ran into the penalty area but his weak pass across the six-yard box was claimed by Leeds rookie goalkeeper Will Huffer – in between the sticks today due to injuries to the Whites other shotstoppers.
City began to grow into the match with the half-hour mark approaching and Adam Webster went close with a looping header following a deep free kick from Niclas Eliasson which a United player stabbed away for a corner.
But the signs were better from the visitors and Paterson, himself building confidence as the game progressed, tried an audacious lob after Huffer punched Eliasson’s delivery, but the City forward couldn’t keep the ball down.
However, Leeds instantly attacked the other end and Klich opted to pass to Roofe when urged to shoot, instead his teammate going for goal with a deflected shot which rolled inches wide of Mäenpää’s far post, with some sections of the crowd beginning to roar for a goal.
The chance would prove to be the closest either team would come to scoring in the first-half, with the fixture a stalemate at the interval.
While City had certainly improved in the opening half, there was still much needed intensity and pressing required and City were on the front foot immediately after the break, with Eliasson curling an effort on goal. Adelakun spread the play to the Sweden winger and his left-footed effort was deflected for a corner, only narrowly dropping the wrong side of Huffer’s crossbar.
Adelakun would himself have City’s next opportunity just minutes later, initially reacting quickly to receive a loose ball but he dragged his long-range shot wide of the target.
But for their change in mentality, the referee had little choice but to send Brownhill off the field for a second bookable offence. His tackle on Roofe in the centre circle was mistimed with Leeds taking the extra man advantage.
A flurry of chances for the hosts followed: Alioski blazed wide from a tight angle, Roofe sent a low effort narrowly wide before Klich produced a good save from Mäenpää with a shot from the edge of the area, all within a matter of minutes as the home crowd roared around Elland Road.
Johnson made his first tactical switches with City up against the white waves of Leeds: Diédhiou and Walsh replaced Eliasson and Adelakun an hour into the fixture, respectively.
The pendulum was still swinging in Leeds’ favour though and more chances went begging thanks to Hernandez firing wide, before Mäenpää produced a superb Superman save to keep out Barry Douglas’ effort which looked destined for the top corner.
However, the host’s pressure finally told when Roofe pounced from close range. The ball was pulled back across goal for Hernandez who shot was on target before the Whites number seven poked the ball over the line with 20 minutes remaining.
Mo Eisa, making his first appearance since August, proved to be City’s final change of the afternoon when he replaced Paterson minutes later; attack being the Robins’ only option late on.
However, the points were sealed in the 86th minute when Hernandez got himself on the end of a clipped pass, cushioning his header beyond the helpless City keeper.
Next up for City is a midweek trip to Ipswich Town (November 28th, 7.45pm KO), where they will look to get back to wining ways.
- Roofe (69') , Pablo Hernández (86')
- Aapo Halme, Mateusz Klich, Ezgjan Alioski
- Hakeeb Adelakun, Niclas Eliasson, Jamie Paterson