Leeds United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers: Bartley secures Whites first home win of the season

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    Leeds United secured their first home victory of the season after Chris Wood and Kyle Bartley’s second half goals ensured the game ended 2-1. 

    Leeds bossed the majority of the first half but it was the visitors that forced the first chance to test a defence.

    Rob Green was found in no mans land and clattered into Sam Gallagher. The collision resulted in a yellow card for the veteran keeper and the first shot on goal from Blackburn. The free kick was blocked by Bartley and Conway’s follow up was blazed over.

    Leeds’ first real chance at goal came through deadline day signing and debutant Eunan O’Kane. The Irishman took aim from distance but the his shot went over Jason Steele’s crossbar.

    Soon after, full-back Luke Ayling found himself in space and powered a shot from 20 yards which was well held by Luke Steele.

    Then, Hadi Sacko was denied by a last-gasp defensive block at the far post from a Charlie Taylor cross when the goal was gaping.

    Heavy rain was prominent in the first half. Thunder and lightning threatened to cause a problem throughout the majority of the early stages of the game but eventually fizzled out as the half time whistle blew.

    Leeds were dealt with an early blow in the second half as captain Liam Bridcutt hobbled off early on, Kalvin Phillips replaced him.

    However, Leeds were dominant from half time and soon got their reward. A sublime run and cross from Hadi Sacko found substitute Chris Wood at the far post who tapped in for his third of the season mid-way through the second half.

    Blackburn had been struggling before the goal and continued to struggle after before substitute Marvin Emnes equalised for the away side against the run of play. Emnes made himself space before firing in from 20 yards past Rob Green.

    Leeds had dominated the majority of the second half before Emnes’ strike.

    Owen Coyle’s Blackburn side almost took the lead moments after when Marvin Emnes only marginally missed out a shot inside the six yard box and the ball was smothered by Rob Green.

    Both sides pushed for a late winner and were gifted a chance of a free-kick on the right hand side. A beauty of a ball from Mowatt gave Bartley a free header which he finished in style to make it 2-1 with just 3 minutes to go.

    Hadi Sacko, Leeds’ man of the match, almost made it 3-1 in the dying seconds but fired wide.

    Blackburn pushed on for a late equaliser but Leeds were able to see the game out for a very relieved Garry Monk.

     

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    1. Congrats To Leeds and Gary Monk. Now let’s have another win to follow this. Just needed the rub of the green for a change. Look at the table now. Get in!

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