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Leeds United 2 v 0 Ipswich Town
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Wednesday, 24th October 2018 Kick-off 19:45
Leeds United 2-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Wednesday, 24th Oct 2018 21:57

Kemar Roofe and Liam Cooper were on target as the Blues were comfortably defeated 2-0 by Leeds at Elland Road as the Whites returned to the top of the table. Roofe put the West Yorkshiremen ahead in the 22nd minute and skipper Cooper added the second on 66 with Town never looking like taking anything from the game once they had gone behind.

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, defensively they had been far less calamitous, but they had rarely threatened with Pennington’s header from Edun’s freekick their only real chance.

Two minutes after the restart Blues skipper Luke Chambers claimed a penalty after he was hauled down as an Edun freekick came in from the left. The central defender looked to have a case but neither referee Craig Pawson nor his assistant were interested.

On 50 Knudsen was booked for a foul on Hernandez, who required treatment before carrying on.

As in the first half chances were rare and keepers being forced into saves even rarer. On 56 Dallas scraped wide from the edge of the box.

A minute later Adam Forshaw replaced Saiz, then on 58 the Whites swapped Jack Harrison for Tom Pearce.

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Dallas wasn’t too far away from doubling his side’s lead on 62 when his shot from the right of the box was deflected into the side-netting. Soon after Ward took over from Edun for Town.

The home side were beginning to threaten more regularly and in the 66th minute Hernandez struck a shot from a tight angle on the right which Bialkowski pawed away from goal.

However, from the resultant corner Leeds doubled their lead. The ball was played to Cooper on the edge of the box from where the Whites captain struck a powerful shot into the roof of the net all but sealing his side’s victory and another defeat for the Blues.

Town continued to huff and puff after the second Leeds goal but the Whites looked in little danger and appeared far more likely to add a third than Town were to pull one back.

On 76 Leeds went very close when Alioski smashed a shot from distance on the left which beat Bialkowski but struck the inside of the post and landed safely. Moments later, Town switched Sears for Edwards.

With the Whites completely dominating as the game moved into its final 10 minutes, sub Forshaw unleashed a powerful effort from distance which Bialkowski did well to save down to his right.

Leeds kept up the pressure with chances coming more and more frequently, Bialkowski saving from Alioski on 82, then a minute later Roofe diverted the Macedonian’s cross from the left wide.

Moments later, Town struck their first shot of the half, Nolan hitting a low effort from the right of the area which Peacock-Farrell stopped down to his right with little fanfare. Five minutes from time Chalobah took over from Skuse.

The Blues can have little complaint about the result, they were once again very much second best.

While not as bad as they were against QPR - which is the faintest of praise - Town never looked like they were going to take anything from the game once they had gone behind.

Defensively they were better with Pennington back in the centre but Leeds still had enough chances to have won more comfortably, while the Blues were poor on the ball, two or three passes would inevitably be followed by possession being conceded, and created virtually nothing.

Whether this latest defeat is the tipping point which persuades owner Marcus Evans to end Hurst’s time in charge remains to be seen but something certainly needs to change - and quickly - if the bottom-of-the-table Blues are to avoid dropping into the third tier for the first time in 62 years.

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Alioski, Cooper (c), Berardi (Dallas 27), Phillips, Klich, Harrison (Pearce 58), Hernandez, Saiz, Roofe. Unused: Blackman, Forshaw, Roberts, Baker, Clarke.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Pennington, Chambers (c), Skuse (Chalobah 85), Downes, Nolan, Edun (Ward 62), Sears (Edwards 76), Jackson. Unused: Gerken, Donacien, Dozzell, Lankester. Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Att: 29,082.

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Ippy0207 added 21:58 - Oct 24
Slow and painful downfall this season. Wonder when the CPR will come.

runningout added 21:58 - Oct 24
blooming heck

Hamish1979 added 22:00 - Oct 24
No wonder we are promoting the consumption of alcohol inside the ground, that was absolutely shocking to watch.

LWNR2013 added 22:00 - Oct 24
Not good!

StringerBell added 22:01 - Oct 24
Insipid and embarrassing. What a horrible slow death.

clint_eastwood added 22:01 - Oct 24
Get Carlos Carvalhal in now. The Portuguese coach was terrific in his first two years with Sheffield Wednesday and did well with Swansea in the Premier League even though they were relegated. He is a great tactical coach, can organise his teams and would be a coup for Town.

megamoth added 22:02 - Oct 24
Oh, this is the end my only friend, the end

Jim Morrison’s words entirely apposite. Only question is whether they relate to Paul Hurst or to ITFC. Or worse, is it now an apocalypse - and the end for both?

EssexTractor added 22:02 - Oct 24
Very little left to be said
No pace
No power
No penetration
No purpose
Evans has invested, his money that is a fact
And his latest managerial gamble , is fearfully the worst
But despite pleas who will relieve him of this asset (liability)
So sad so disappointing
So tear jerking

Bluearmy_81 added 22:02 - Oct 24
We want Evans out say we want Evans out!!

mickeyjb added 22:03 - Oct 24
Well it’s been a few mins since the end of the game so where is the Evans Sacks Hurst headline Ohil? Surely must have that one prepped

delias_cheesy_flaps added 22:03 - Oct 24
Utter utter dross

OliveR16 added 22:03 - Oct 24
2-0 is a dangerous score. It's very dangerous when you lose by it every game.

BlueParadigm added 22:04 - Oct 24
PH should not be sacked - he should do the honourable thing and resign

lightingblue added 22:04 - Oct 24
I want beer whiskey and brandy. And I don’t like alcohol.

ShropshireBluenago09 added 22:04 - Oct 24
Pennington aside, all were very poor. Sears and Jackson must be the worst strike partnership in our history - not even Conference standard.

iaintaylorx added 22:04 - Oct 24
Wonder where we would be if Matt Clarke, Andre Dozzell, Jack Marriot, Josh Emmanuel, Myles Kenlock, Jordan Rhodes were either given the chance at this club! So upsetting!!

Roystontown added 22:04 - Oct 24
Just not good enough, Leeds playing in second gear, never looked like creating anything. Only highlight was Pennington and he's only borrowed. Still be at Millwall but travelling in hope rather than expectation.

linhdi added 22:04 - Oct 24
Excellent report, Phil. Back in the pub in Leeds after a performance that much much better than QPR, square pegs in square holes, but still nowhere near good enough.

Woodbridgian added 22:06 - Oct 24
Hopeless, clueless absolutely no fight or spirt. Hurst has to go tonight how can any manager make 7 changes from a team he picked 3 days ago most of which he recruited and expect to stay in his job?

ashp19 added 22:06 - Oct 24
No quality from the top down!

Elizabeth added 22:06 - Oct 24
Players look totally demoralised and get nothing from Hurst or Doig ! There must be an immediate change to give us any chance of survival ! This is the worst team I have ever seen at Ipswich!

04willr added 22:08 - Oct 24
Poor signings, unbalanced squad, unsure on best XI, unsure on tactics, uninspiring football and propping up the table. I think Millwall final chance as in isolation and an away defeat to Leeds is not a bad result.

tcc4 added 22:08 - Oct 24
Only seen us a handful of times this year and I have no idea what the game plan is? We have a quick centre forward but no idea of how to feed him. The confidence is drained. Absolute shower. Let's sack him and roll the dice again as can't see how he will turn it around

markyatetractor added 22:08 - Oct 24
I'm sorry,but that is the last time i pay £10 to watch games on ifollow.I know i live a fair way away from Ipswich but i have followed and watched them from 1962 till 1981when i moved away from the area although been down a few times since when family permitted.
sad times indeed!!

TimmyH added 22:08 - Oct 24
Another fairly limp display with no intensity. Up to their goal the game was fairly even but once again we give a fairly simple goal away from an unmarked cross, we look a lightweight side with a soft under belly who don't pass the ball no where near well enough.

Like a number of sides we've played against Leeds hardly had to get out of 2nd gear to win, why does Skuse never get dropped? Chalobah tonight did but for the life of me don't know why as he's been one of our better midfielders in recent games.

15 games and 1 win and rock bottom...Hurst hanging by a thread now, sooner things change in management the better for all parties.

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