Leeds 1 - 0 Burnley
Leeds kept their Championship play-off hopes alive with a victory over Burnley, whose own chances of a top-six finish were damaged as a result.
United led at half-time thanks to Ross McCormack's neat finish - his first for the club since joining in the summer.
Brian Jensen produced a string of saves to deny Leeds, who also hit the post through McCormack in the second half.
Jack Cork fired a shot wide and Ross Wallace saw a free-kick saved, but the home side held on for a deserved win.
The win completes the double for Leeds over Burnley, but more importantly keeps them in the hunt for the final play-off spot.
The Yorkshire side are now level on points with sixth-placed Nottingham Forest - who host Scunthorpe later on Saturday - ahead of the final day of the season, which sees United travel to league-leaders QPR.
Burnley remain in the play-off picture, but trail Forest by two points and must now beat high-flying Cardiff in their final game and hope other results go in their favour.
Leeds persisted with Billy Paynter in the absence of leading scorer Luciano Becchio, even though the striker has failed to offer as potent a goalscoring threat as the Argentine in recent weeks, and the big front man was involved early, firing a half-volley narrowly wide of goal as Leeds had the best of the opening exchanges.
Having weathered the early storm, Burnley fashioned a great chance at the other end when Michael Duff ghosted behind the defence to latch on to a Chris Iwelumo flick-on from a free-kick, but home keeper Kasper Schmeichel blocked with his head.
In order to assist Paynter, Leeds boss Simon Grayson gave McCormack his first start since January, and the Scot linked up well with his strike partner midway through the half, crossing for the former Swindon man to draw a scrambling save from Brian Jensen with a header.
This was a rare start for McCormack, but he demonstrated no rustiness in the 33rd minute when he latched onto a superb Bradley Johnson through ball and swept in past Jensen for his first goal since moving to Yorkshire from Cardiff eight months ago.
Having taken 10 points from their previous four games, Burnley were a side in form, and they almost hit back immediately when centre-back Andre Bikey flashed a header wide from Daniel Fox's inswinging corner.
Paynter had two great chances in the space of a minute early in the second half to extend Leeds's lead, but he headed the first, from a McCormack cross, straight at Jensen and put the second wide from a tight angle after taking the ball past the Burnley keeper.
Leeds kept coming and saw two other goalbound efforts denied by Jensen shortly after.
McCormack's free-kick from the right was met with power by Andy O'Brien six yards out, but his downward header was straight at the keeper and he was able to parry it away.
Then, seconds later, McCormack swivelled in the box and shot at goal but his bobbling effort was tipped onto the post and wide by the Dane.
Burnley were not out of the game though and Cork served warning of this when he fired a superb 30-yard effort just wide of the top corner of Schmeichel's goal.
The Leeds keeper had to be alert to tip a free-kick from substitute Wallace over the bar soon after, while at the other end Jensen produced further saves to deny McCormack and Jonny Howson.
Leeds substitute Sanchez Watt could have wrapped up the game on a couple of occasions with late efforts, but as it transpired one goal was enough for the home side.
- 01 Schmeichel
- 06 Naylor Booked
- 20 Lichaj Booked
- 29 McCartney
- 40 O'Brien
- 07 Gradel (Watt - 89' )
- 08 Kilkenny Booked
- 14 Howson
- 16 Johnson Booked
- 09 Paynter (Snodgrass - 76' )
- 44 McCormack (Bromby - 90' )
- 12 Higgs
- 02 Connolly
- 04 Bruce
- 26 Bromby
- 17 Livermore
- 18 Watt
- 23 Snodgrass
- 12 Jensen
- 03 Fox
- 04 Duff Booked (Wallace - 74' )
- 14 Mears
- 21 Amougou Booked
- 06 Cork
- 11 Elliott
- 16 McCann Booked (Delfouneso - 63' )
- 33 Eagles
- 09 Iwelumo (Thompson - 78' )
- 19 Rodriguez Booked
- 01 Grant
- 02 Alexander
- 05 Carlisle
- 20 Bartley
- 22 Wallace
- 26 Delfouneso
- 30 Thompson
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +6:09
Effort from the edge of the area by Sanchez Watt goes wide of the right-hand upright.90:00 +5:01
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Fox on Robert Snodgrass. Neil Kilkenny crosses the ball in from the free kick.90:00 +1:58
Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Fox.90:00 +1:58 Substitution
Substitution Leigh Bromby comes on in place of Ross McCormack.90:00 +1:58
Sanchez Watt is flagged offside by the assistant referee.90:00 +0:19
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thompson on Richard Naylor. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.90:00 +0:06
Sanchez Watt produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.89:43
Wade Elliott produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Eric Lichaj.89:25
Corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace.88:00 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Richard Naylor for unsporting behaviour.87:44
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ross Wallace, Kasper Schmeichel makes a brilliant save.87:44 Substitution
Substitution Max Gradel leaves the field to be replaced by Sanchez Watt.87:44
Richard Naylor challenges Jay Rodriguez unfairly and gives away a free kick.86:56
Nathan Delfouneso handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.86:26
Shot by Wade Elliott from 20 yards. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.85:00
Tyrone Mears sends in a cross, Header by Jay Rodriguez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.83:49
Shot from just outside the box by Wade Elliott goes over the crossbar.83:23
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Fox.82:41
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ross Wallace.
Ross McCormack has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.81:07
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Andre Bikey.79:00
Ross McCormack crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Brian Jensen.79:00 Booking
Booking The referee shows Andre Bikey a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.78:51
Andre Bikey challenges Max Gradel unfairly and gives away a free kick.78:11
Corner taken by Max Gradel from the left by-line, save by Brian Jensen.77:56 Substitution
Substitution Steven Thompson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Iwelumo.75:19 Substitution
Substitution Robert Snodgrass is brought on as a substitute for Billy Paynter.75:07
Neil Kilkenny has an effort at goal. Andre Bikey gets a block in.74:47
Max Gradel takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Bikey.74:33
Shot from 6 yards by Jonathan Howson. Brian Jensen makes a fantastic save.73:12 Substitution
Substitution Ross Wallace comes on in place of Michael Duff.70:51
Ross McCormack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tyrone Mears. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.70:04
George McCartney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Delfouneso. Daniel Fox delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Kasper Schmeichel makes a comfortable save.68:04
Free kick taken by Michael Duff.68:04 Booking
Booking The referee books Bradley Johnson for unsporting behaviour.67:47
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tyrone Mears by Bradley Johnson.65:18
Jack Cork produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.63:55
Daniel Fox concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross McCormack. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.63:47
A cross is delivered by Tyrone Mears.62:47 Substitution
Substitution (Burnley) makes a substitution, with Nathan Delfouneso coming on for Chris McCann.61:55
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ross McCormack, Shot by Neil Kilkenny. Blocked by Andre Bikey.61:39
Effort on goal by Ross McCormack from 18 yards. Save made by Brian Jensen.61:06
Centre by Max Gradel.60:34
Corner taken by Ross McCormack played to the near post.59:10
The ball is sent over by Ross McCormack, Billy Paynter takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.59:10 Booking
Booking Booking for Neil Kilkenny for unsporting behaviour.59:06 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Eric Lichaj for unsporting behaviour.58:01 Booking
Booking Chris McCann shown a yellow card.56:46
Chris McCann challenges Max Gradel unfairly and gives away a free kick.55:22
Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.55:22 Booking
Booking Jay Rodriguez booked.54:59
Foul by Jay Rodriguez on Neil Kilkenny, free kick awarded.54:01
Chris Iwelumo challenges Richard Naylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.53:44
Billy Paynter produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.53:25
The ball is crossed by Neil Kilkenny, Billy Paynter takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a comfortable save.52:16
Billy Paynter concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Duff. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.51:47
Unfair challenge on Neil Kilkenny by Jay Rodriguez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.50:59
George McCartney delivers the ball, Brian Jensen makes a save.49:36
Andrew O'Brien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Iwelumo. Chris Eagles fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Kasper Schmeichel.47:36
The referee blows for offside against Billy Paynter. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.46:59
Eric Lichaj crosses the ball, clearance made by Jack Cork.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +0:31
Tyrone Mears sends in a cross, Chris Eagles takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.45:00 +0:14 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.44:06
Ross McCormack is caught offside. Free kick taken by Andre Bikey.43:45
Unfair challenge on Michael Duff by Ross McCormack results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Duff.41:27
Daniel Fox takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Eric Lichaj makes a clearance.40:05
Free kick crossed left-footed by George McCartney from left wing.40:05 Booking
Booking Michael Duff booked.39:54
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Michael Duff.38:59
Shot by Ross McCormack. Save by Brian Jensen.38:31
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jay Rodriguez. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.36:48
Tyrone Mears fouled by Bradley Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Duff takes the free kick.35:45
Ross McCormack is caught offside. Michael Duff takes the free kick.34:11
Daniel Fox takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Header by Andre Bikey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.32:40
The assist for the goal came from Bradley Johnson.32:40 Goal scored
Goal! - Ross McCormack - Leeds 1 - 0 Burnley Goal scored by Ross McCormack from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-0 Burnley.30:46
Corner taken by Neil Kilkenny from the left by-line.30:31
Billy Paynter takes a shot. Brilliant save by Brian Jensen.29:31
Neil Kilkenny has a drilled shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.27:44
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Iwelumo on Eric Lichaj. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.25:38
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Andre Bikey results in a free kick. Ross McCormack has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.25:12
The ball is delivered by Max Gradel, Michael Duff makes a clearance.23:47
Andrew O'Brien challenges Jack Cork unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tyrone Mears takes the direct free kick.23:35
The referee gives a free kick against Jack Cork for handball. Neil Kilkenny takes the direct free kick.22:53
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Bradley Johnson misses to the right of the target.22:19
Unfair challenge on Andrew O'Brien by Jack Cork results in a free kick. George McCartney takes the direct free kick.21:41
Max Gradel has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Brian Jensen makes a fantastic save.21:14
Corner from right by-line taken by Neil Kilkenny.20:06
Shot by Chris Eagles from outside the box goes over the target.19:19
Chris Iwelumo is caught offside. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.17:55
Inswinging corner taken by Wade Elliott.17:26
Effort on goal by Michael Duff from 6 yards. Fantastic save by Kasper Schmeichel.16:49
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez by Max Gradel. Free kick taken by Tyrone Mears.15:42
Max Gradel delivers the ball, Jack Cork makes a clearance.14:02
Corner taken short by Wade Elliott.13:31
Handball decision goes against Billy Paynter. Tyrone Mears takes the free kick.12:03
Jack Cork fouled by Jonathan Howson, the ref awards a free kick. Tyrone Mears restarts play with the free kick.11:24
Outswinging corner taken by Wade Elliott from the left by-line, save by Kasper Schmeichel.11:10
Wade Elliott takes a shot. Richard Naylor gets a block in.8:28
Shot from just outside the area by Billy Paynter misses to the left of the target.7:14
Tyrone Mears challenges Bradley Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George McCartney.6:46
Chris McCann crosses the ball.5:55
Curled left-footed shot by Ross McCormack. Brian Jensen makes a comfortable save.5:21
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Neil Kilkenny.4:56
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Neil Kilkenny.4:06
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Andre Bikey. Neil Kilkenny takes the free kick.2:25
Max Gradel fouled by Daniel Fox, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neil Kilkenny from right wing, clearance made by Michael Duff.1:57
Unfair challenge on Andrew O'Brien by Chris Eagles results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.1:10
Chris Iwelumo challenges Richard Naylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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