Danny Pugh scored on his second home debut for Leeds to give United victory over Portsmouth.

Back at Elland Road on loan from Stoke, Pugh lost his marker Greg Halford to head home on 14 minutes.

Halford tried to make amends with a header of his own which drew a superb save from Andy Lonergan, while he hit the bar on the follow-up.

Halford continued to trouble the home defence, while Leeds' Mikael Forssell was denied by Stephan Henderson's save.

Leeds are now three points outside the Championship play-off places - having played a game fewer than their promotion rivals.

In an attempt to shore up the Leeds defence, manager Simon Grayson's recalled the previously-ostracised full-back Paul Connolly for a first appearance in a month.

Connolly's inclusion allowed Robert Snodgrass to flourish and it was the Scotland winger who set up the winning goal, with his cross headed in from eight yards by Pugh.

If Halford had allowed Pugh to escape for the goal he did better when he blocked another effort from the Leeds player following a fine Snodgrass run.

Halford's presence caused mayhem at the opposite end not long afterwards, with his header from Liam Lawrence's free-kick forcing Lonergan into that wonderful save.

Jason Pearce then cleared a Ross McCormack cross from under his own bar, while Lonergan had to beat away a Halford free-kick.

Portsmouth continued to press after the interval and Lonergan had to be alert to save at the feet of David Norris.

Darren O'Dea did well to deflect away one of Halford's efforts, while Lonergan had to scramble to tip over a dangerous cross as Leeds held on.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Leeds

  • 01 Lonergan
  • 02 Connolly
  • 22 Lees
  • 28 White
  • 48 O'Dea
  • 14 Howson
  • 15 Clayton
  • 16 Pugh
  • 23 Snodgrass (Vayrynen - 77' )
  • 38 Keogh (Becchio - 68' )
  • 44 McCormack (Forssell - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Rachubka
  • 26 Bromby
  • 07 Vayrynen
  • 10 Becchio
  • 18 Forssell

Portsmouth

  • 13 Henderson
  • 02 Ward
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Halford Booked
  • 26 Ben-Haim (Williams - 85' )
  • 07 Lawrence Booked
  • 08 Mullins
  • 10 Huseklepp
  • 19 Norris (Rocha - 68' )
  • 20 BH Riise (Kanu - 46' )
  • 25 Mwaruwari

Substitutes

  • 01 Ashdown
  • 03 Rocha
  • 04 Mokoena
  • 17 Williams
  • 27 Kanu
Ref: Miller
Att: 22,476

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

8 4

Corners

10 7

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

93:56 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:06

Ryan Williams crosses the ball.

90:00 +1:31

Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan. Inswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, clearance by Tom Lees.

89:57

Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

87:08

Mikael Forssell takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson. Adam Clayton decides to take a short corner.

84:49

Direct free kick taken by Tom Lees.

84:49 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Williams joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tal Ben-Haim.

84:49

Luciano Becchio fouled by Hayden Mullins, the ref awards a free kick.

79:42

Foul by Paul Connolly on Tal Ben-Haim, free kick awarded. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

76:57 Substitution

Substitution Mikael Forssell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ross McCormack.

76:57 Substitution

Substitution Mika Vayrynen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robert Snodgrass.

74:50

Shot on goal by Joel Ward from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

70:50

Luciano Becchio fouled by Greg Halford, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Clayton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.

67:28

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Lees. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Header by Jason Pearce from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

67:28 Substitution

Substitution David Norris goes off and Ricardo Rocha comes on.

67:28 Substitution

Substitution Luciano Becchio joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Keogh.

64:22

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Aidan White.

63:46

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Andrew Keogh goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63:02

The ball is delivered by Danny Pugh, save by Stephen Henderson.

59:57

Corner taken by Liam Lawrence, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jason Pearce goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

58:41

Adam Clayton takes the direct free kick.

58:41 Booking

Booking Greg Halford receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

58:24

Andrew Keogh fouled by Greg Halford, the ref awards a free kick.

57:37

Foul by Adam Clayton on Tal Ben-Haim, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

54:48

Tal Ben-Haim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. Direct free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.

54:05

Robert Snodgrass produces a cross.

53:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nwankwo Kanu. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick.

49:14

Andrew Keogh challenges Tal Ben-Haim unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Nwankwo Kanu on for Bjorn Helge Riise.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:34

Jonathan Howson challenges Liam Lawrence unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.

43:04

Liam Lawrence fouled by Tom Lees, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Greg Halford from the free kick, save made by Andy Lonergan.

39:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Tal Ben-Haim. Paul Connolly takes the direct free kick.

38:47

Robert Snodgrass is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

38:02

Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, Robert Snodgrass makes a clearance.

35:38

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Keogh takes a shot. Save made by Stephen Henderson.

33:32

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Pugh, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Joel Ward.

32:07

Danny Pugh takes a shot. David Norris gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Pugh from the left by-line, Adam Clayton produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

31:07

Jonathan Howson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Liam Lawrence manages to make a clearance.

31:07 Booking

Booking Liam Lawrence is cautioned.

30:59

Unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Liam Lawrence results in a free kick.

28:57

Ross McCormack takes a shot. Joel Ward gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, save made by Stephen Henderson.

28:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Ross McCormack. Free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.

26:15

Foul by Paul Connolly on Liam Lawrence, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan. Greg Halford takes a shot.

24:54

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Pugh, Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

22:57

Erik Huseklepp fouled by Paul Connolly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

19:40

Unfair challenge on Paul Connolly by David Norris results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

18:35

Robert Snodgrass produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

17:56

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, save by Andy Lonergan.

17:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Pearce by Ross McCormack. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

13:46

The assist for the goal came from Robert Snodgrass.

13:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Pugh - Leeds 1 - 0 Portsmouth Danny Pugh scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Leeds 1-0 Portsmouth.

12:54

Ross McCormack takes a shot. Jason Pearce gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Tom Lees takes a shot. Blocked by Benjani Mwaruwari. Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass,

8:15

Andrew Keogh decides to take a short corner, The ball is crossed by Aidan White.

6:39

Bjorn Helge Riise sends in a cross.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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