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Leeds United 1-0 Ipswich Town - Half-Time
Wednesday, 24th Oct 2018 20:46

Kemar Roofe’s 22nd minute goal has given Leeds United a 1-0 half-time lead over a much-changed Blues side at Elland Road.

Town boss Paul Hurst made seven changes to the team which lost 2-0 at home to QPR at the weekend with Bartosz Bialkowski, Jordan Spence, Jonas Knudsen, Flynn Downes, Tayo Edun, Jon Nolan and Kayden Jackson all starting.

Dean Gerken, Janoi Donacien, Trevoh Chalobah, Gwion Edwards, Grant Ward and Andre Dozzell all dropped to the bench, while Toto Nsiala was left out of the 18.

Ahead of Bialkowski in goal, Spence was at right-back, Knudsen at left-back with Matthew Pennington to the left of skipper Like Chambers at the centre of the defence.

Nolan was on the right of midfield with Edun on the left and Downes in the centre with Cole Skuse. Jackson started up front with Freddie Sears behind him.

Pablo Hernandez blazed an early shot over from distance after a Bialkowski kick had been closed down and deflected into the air by Roofe. On five, Nolan picked up an early yellow card for a foul on Samuel Saiz.

There was a big scare for the Blues in the 11th minute when Ezgjan Alioski’s low cross from the left was fumbled by Bialkowski but fortunately away from Hernandez and Chambers was able to clear.

Gaetano Berardi joined Nolan in the referee’s book in the 16th minute for a foul on Sears on the Blues’ left. From the freekick taken by Edun, Pennington headed into keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s arms at the far post.

On 19 Nolan scuffed wide from 20 yards with the Blues starting to make an impression going forward.

However, three minutes later the home side went in front. Hernandez whipped over a cross from the right which flew over Pennington to Roofe, whose header from six yards was too powerful for Bialkowski’s outstretched arm.

Having got in front, Leeds began to put the Blues under pressure but on 27 they were forced into a change when Berardi was replaced by Stuart Dallas.

Two minutes later, Hernandez cut the ball back to Saiz but his shot was blocked, then on 31 Downes was booked for a foul on Klich.

Alioski hit a cross-shot over from the left with the Whites well in control but without having come close to a second.

On 36, Luke Ayling’s shot was deflected over after Spence had cleared poorly from a corner, then from the subsequent flag-kick Downes flicked the ball over Bialkowski as the keeper looked to catch.

As the half moved into its final five minutes Town began to probe in the Leeds half but without threatening an equaliser.

Two minutes of injury time yielded no further chances at either end and the scoreline remained the same at the break.

Leeds deserved their lead having been in charge throughout and having created the game’s few opportunities.

Town hadn’t been as poor as they were against QPR and had been better defensively, but had rarely threatened with Pennington’s header from Edun’s freekick their only real chance.

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Alioski, Cooper (c), Berardi (Dallas 27), Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Hernandez, Saiz, Roofe. Subs: Blackman, Forshaw, Roberts, Pearce, Baker, Clarke.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Pennington, Chambers (c), Skuse, Downes, Nolan, Edun, Sears, Jackson. Subs: Gerken, Donacien, Chalobah, Edwards, Ward, Dozzell, Lankester. Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

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Radlett_blue added 20:48 - Oct 24
Thought we did OK until the Leeds goal, which came out of nowhere, but thereafter we retreated into our shell & Leeds dominated.

jas0999 added 20:50 - Oct 24
Compared to QPR this has been slightly better. That's the problem though. A long way from being good enough.

Very average so far, but hoping for better second half. We need the point(s).

martin587 added 20:54 - Oct 24
I'm at the game and let's be honest we are not good.Captain caught ball watching for the goal.

Vancouver_Blue added 20:55 - Oct 24
Honestly, we are lucky it's just 1-0. Glad to see Paul Hurst has finally started to play our better players. COYB

herobobby added 21:00 - Oct 24
Hurst.....unfold your arms or take them from behind your back,get back in dug out
Get a piece of paper and start writing
Dear mr Evans I would to tender my resignation..........
This is the worst town side I gave ever seen in 40 years of support
I might be going early here but we are not going to score in a month of Sunday's
Shocking !

Pezzer added 21:02 - Oct 24
Edwards and Dozzell on the bench!?

bluearmy4life added 21:10 - Oct 24
Hurst out

CraigEdwards added 21:11 - Oct 24
Turd and polish come to mind.

Pezzer added 21:13 - Oct 24
Skuse rather than Chalobah? Chalobah has at least scored and created a goal as well as defend. Well if the Sun newspaper is correct this may be PHs last game in charge.

herobobby added 21:15 - Oct 24
No one panic
2-0 is a dangerous score line

Elizabeth added 21:15 - Oct 24
One word ... ABYSMAL!!!!!

WalkRules added 21:16 - Oct 24
The sky summary was spot on. Bereft of confidence, talent and ideas. Just an overriding feeling of sadness that this is being done to our club

Sourdough added 21:18 - Oct 24
Preston escaping. Soon be marooned. Spence in the first team? Shouldn't even be in the club.

SpiritOfJohn added 21:19 - Oct 24
SEVEN changes between consecutive league games - that must be some kind of record - and smacks of total desperation.

Davidwb20 added 21:21 - Oct 24
Just go Hurst! Enough now!

Sourdough added 21:27 - Oct 24
Take the positive. Leeds haven't hit six.

Sourdough added 21:30 - Oct 24
85 minutes gone. 15 corners to nil in favour of ... have a guess.

Edmundo added 21:31 - Oct 24
It has to be time to promote Hogg (Nash too even), work on bringing youth through and pray we get enough points to stay up.

Pezzer added 21:31 - Oct 24
I think we need to call International Rescue and resort to Plan B!!

herobobby added 21:32 - Oct 24
Any one got mark Warburtons number ?

TonyMowbray added 21:33 - Oct 24
This is going a long cruel season. If we were an animal we would of been put down by now. There is still 6 months of the season left. Absolute torture

runningout added 21:36 - Oct 24
So many of us know by waiting for Shrewsbury to finish their season was a delay we could do without. Make of that what you will. Think some of squad have a ropey personality clash, but not with Hurst. Leeds game and all was very winnable, but blown away

blueboy1981 added 21:37 - Oct 24
........ two choices left, and it's only the end of October - Sack Hurst now - or accept next season in League 1- and hope for the best.

jas0999 added 21:38 - Oct 24
Hurst must go.

FromIpswichToPhoenix added 21:38 - Oct 24
2 - 0 is a dangerous scoreline.

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