Luciano Becchio's first-half penalty was enough to give Leeds a narrow win over Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.

Referee Darren Deadman gave the spot-kick, despite Stephen Foster appearing to foul Lee Peltier outside the area.

The goal came against the run of play with the Tykes dominating the opening exchanges, as they looked to continue a six-match unbeaten run against United.

Marlon Harewood came closest to equalising, forcing a stunning save from Paddy Kenny but Leeds held on.

Home sweet home for Becchio

Argentine striker Luciano Becchio has netted in each of Leeds' five league games at Elland Road this season and now has nine goals in all competitions

Neil Warnock's men secured their fourth victory in five games, as they look to continue their push for a play-off spot, but currently find themselves edged out on goal difference by local adversaries Huddersfield.

But Keith Hill's side would have been confident of leaving Elland Road with at least a point before kick-off having not lost to their opponents since 1998.

And they made the brighter start to the game, with David Perkins and Jacob Mellis coming close with their efforts.

Leeds' El-Hadji Diouf swung in a superb cross which was met by Becchio's head, but the Argentine could not find the target.

The controversial, game-defining moment came on the stroke of half-time with the referee judging a foul on Peltier to be in the area. The furious Barnsley protests were waved away and Becchio converted the penalty with a cheeky chip down the middle of the goal.

Former Nottingham Forest man Harewood thought he had restored parity with his strike, but Kenny saved superbly at full stretch to deny him as Leeds ended their miserable run against Barnsley.

Leeds boss Neil Warnock:

"It is fair to say the referee didn't have one of his better games. Both managers agree on that.

"I am going to do an Arsene Wenger and say nothing about the penalty because I haven't seen it yet.

"I can't stand watching penalties, but I'm told Luciano just clipped it down the middle. He told our coach Ronnie Jepson 'it's a good job it went in or the gaffer would have killed me'.

"That's five games unbeaten and what my lads have done in the last two or three weeks has been phenomenal. It has exceeded expectations."

Barnsley manager Keith Hill:

"[The referee] has got a major decision seriously wrong. That is unexplainable. When referees don't apologise when they have made a mistake it becomes a little bit disrespectful at times.

"I just wonder if the assessor has told the referee a major decision has decided the outcome of the game and he has got it wrong - not just wrong, seriously wrong. It wasn't marginal.

"Whose job will it affect? Whose opinion will it affect when they look at that league table and won't consider the performance? It will affect a lot of Barnsley supporters who couldn't make it today."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Leeds

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce Booked
  • 08 Austin Booked
  • 14 White Booked
  • 17 Brown
  • 18 Tonge (Norris - 54' )
  • 25 Byram
  • 10 Becchio Booked (Gray - 72' )
  • 21 Diouf

Substitutes

  • 12 Ashdown
  • 03 Drury
  • 07 Green
  • 11 Varney
  • 19 Norris
  • 20 Gray
  • 26 Poleon

Barnsley

  • 12 Alnwick
  • 03 Golbourne
  • 06 Foster (Hassell - 46' )
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 34 Stones
  • 07 Dawson
  • 11 Perkins
  • 19 Cywka (Etuhu - 69' )
  • 21 Mellis
  • 09 Davies Booked
  • 16 Harewood (Dagnall - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hassell
  • 33 Kennedy
  • 10 Done
  • 13 Dagnall
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 31 Clark
Ref: Deadman
Att: 22,569

Match Stats

Shots

4 12

On target

1 6

Corners

4 2

Fouls

17 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:41

El-Hadji Diouf decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +2:07

Michael Brown challenges David Perkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jacob Mellis delivers the ball, John Stones takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.

89:44 Booking

Booking Aidan White booked.

89:23

Andy Gray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Stones. Ben Alnwick takes the direct free kick.

87:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aidan White by John Stones. Free kick taken by Lee Peltier.

86:39

Foul by Andy Gray on Stephen Dawson, free kick awarded. Bobby Hassell takes the free kick.

84:38

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jacob Mellis, clearance by Jason Pearce.

84:38 Booking

Booking Booking for Jason Pearce for unsporting behaviour.

84:33

Jason Pearce challenges Chris Dagnall unfairly and gives away a free kick.

82:04

Unfair challenge on Stephen Dawson by Lee Peltier results in a free kick. Craig Davies fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Jason Pearce gets a block in.

81:07

Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line, save by Ben Alnwick.

80:56

El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross, Scott Golbourne manages to make a clearance.

78:58

Rodolph Austin sends in a cross, clearance made by Bobby Hassell.

72:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Bobby Hassell. Free kick crossed right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf, Craig Davies makes a clearance.

71:16 Substitution

Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Andy Gray coming on for Luciano Becchio.

68:19 Substitution

Substitution Kelvin Etuhu replaces Tomasz Cywka.

68:19

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

66:16 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Harewood leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Dagnall.

65:04

Stephen Dawson fouled by David Norris, the ref awards a free kick. Jacob Mellis takes the free kick.

63:59

Craig Davies has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63:22

Corner taken right-footed by Jacob Mellis from the left by-line, clearance made by Luciano Becchio.

62:35

Tom Lees challenges Craig Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jacob Mellis, clearance by Luciano Becchio.

61:43

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jacob Mellis, Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.

61:26

Shot by Tomasz Cywka. David Norris gets a block in.

60:38

David Norris takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

59:59

Luciano Becchio challenges Stephen Dawson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Dawson takes the free kick.

56:40

Scott Golbourne fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Alnwick takes the free kick.

53:52

Rodolph Austin takes a shot. Save by Ben Alnwick.

53:08 Substitution

Substitution David Norris joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Tonge.

49:50

Handball by El-Hadji Diouf. Ben Alnwick restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Bobby Hassell on for Stephen Foster.

45:00 +4:23 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +3:44

Craig Davies challenges Tom Lees unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +3:44 Booking

Booking Craig Davies is cautioned.

45:00 +2:26

Free kick taken by Ben Alnwick.

45:00 +2:26 Booking

Booking Booking for Luciano Becchio for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +2:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Wiseman by Luciano Becchio.

45:00 +0:50

Foul by Craig Davies on Lee Peltier, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

45:00 +0:22

Scott Golbourne fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Alnwick.

42:57

Michael Brown fouled by Tomasz Cywka, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Brown takes the direct free kick.

41:37

Assist by Lee Peltier.

41:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Luciano Becchio - Leeds 1 - 0 Barnsley Placed penalty scored by Luciano Becchio. Leeds 1-0 Barnsley.

39:08

Foul by Stephen Foster on Lee Peltier, Penalty awarded.

36:53

Marlon Harewood produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

36:17

Shot from 20 yards by Craig Davies. Tom Lees gets a block in.

35:18

Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line, comfortable save by Ben Alnwick.

34:48

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf played to the near post, clearance made by Jacob Mellis.

33:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Scott Wiseman. Michael Brown takes the direct free kick.

31:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Davies on Jason Pearce. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

29:56

Jason Pearce fouled by Craig Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Lees takes the direct free kick.

29:26

Shot on goal by Rodolph Austin from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

27:55

Rodolph Austin crosses the ball, save made by Ben Alnwick.

26:40

A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Luciano Becchio produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

21:38

Craig Davies is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

20:05

Scott Golbourne takes the direct free kick.

20:05 Booking

Booking Rodolph Austin is booked.

19:58

Foul by Rodolph Austin on Tomasz Cywka, free kick awarded.

18:35

Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Stephen Foster.

18:11

Jacob Mellis concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Brown. Direct free kick taken by Tom Lees.

17:53

The official flags El-Hadji Diouf offside. Ben Alnwick restarts play with the free kick.

17:12

Unfair challenge on Aidan White by Scott Golbourne results in a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

16:25

Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Foster. Free kick taken by Ben Alnwick.

16:01

Jacob Mellis has an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Patrick Kenny.

13:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jacob Mellis on Michael Brown. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee Peltier.

12:01

Effort from just outside the area by Jacob Mellis goes over the target.

11:12

Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomasz Cywka. Jacob Mellis takes the direct free kick.

9:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luciano Becchio. Ben Alnwick takes the direct free kick.

8:40

Foul by Luciano Becchio on Scott Golbourne, free kick awarded. Ben Alnwick restarts play with the free kick.

6:30

Foul by Jason Pearce on John Stones, free kick awarded. Marlon Harewood fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

5:58

Michael Tonge concedes a free kick for a foul on David Perkins. Free kick taken by Ben Alnwick.

4:36

Effort on goal by Jacob Mellis from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

2:22

Effort on goal by David Perkins from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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