Leeds manager Dave Hockaday secured his first Championship victory after Billy Sharp's winner against Middlesbrough.

Sharp, making his debut for the club, had missed a promising late chance when he headed wide from eight yards.

But he poked the ball in on 87 minutes after Boro keeper Tomas Mejias had parried a Michael Tonge shot.

Boro thought they had scored earlier on through lively midfielder Albert Adomah's bicycle kick only to have the effort disallowed.

Middlesbrough midfielder Albert Adomah produces an acrobatic effort to score but his effort is ruled out

Adomah's goal was controversially ruled out for Boro

Hockaday had lost his first league game in charge of the club last week before securing his first win in midweek with a home victory against Accrington in the Capital One Cup.

In his first Championship outing at Elland Road, he threw striker Sharp and defender Liam Cooper, who signed in the past week, straight into the side against Boro.

Sharp had an early sight of goal only for keeper Mejias to quickly rush off his line to block at the forward's feet. The rebound fell for Nicky Ajose and his shot was cleared from the goalmouth by defender Daniel Ayala.

Middlesbrough, who started with their new arrival in midfielder Adam Clayton on the bench, had looked strong going into the game with wins in the league and Capital One Cup.

They should have taken the lead through Adomah only for the effort to be ruled out. Leeds defender Cooper inadvertently flicked a header to the far post and the Boro midfielder produced an acrobatic overhead kick to put the ball into the home net.

Boro's celebrations were, however, controversially cut short by the linesman's flag, with a high foot the possible reason as Stephen Warnock was trying to head the ball away.

Chances were at a premium but a mistake from Mejias almost gifted Leeds a goal. The Boro keeper failed to connect with an attempted punch to clear a free-kick and Sharp managed to get in a header which went wide.

The forward quickly atoned when he was quickest to pounce after Tonge's shot was only parried by Mejias.

Leeds manager Dave Hockaday: "It was a tough game. There were quite a few chances and it took a goal poacher to sneak the win.

"I am fortunate to be given this chance and the players worked their socks off today. Nobody can say we didn't sweat blood for that white shirt.

"I've been in football for 40 years and pressure is my middle name."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka on his side's disallowed goal: "I can't understand why the goal is not on the scoreboard. I think it was a good height (Adomah's foot) if you see the replay.

"The referee was the person who saw the foot, but the replay does not show this decision in the first second.

"He was waiting four, five, six seconds as we were running to the middle of the pitch."

Leeds manager Dave Hockaday

Hockaday had no managerial experience in league football before taking over at Leeds

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Leeds United

  • 01 Silvestri
  • 06 Pearce
  • 02 Byram
  • 32 Cooper
  • 03 Warnock
  • 07 Murphy
  • 04 Austin (Cook - 86' )
  • 16 Ajose (Poleon - 75' )
  • 14 Bianchi
  • 08 Sharp Booked
  • 29 Doukara (Tonge - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Smith
  • 13 Taylor
  • 15 Wootton
  • 18 Tonge
  • 21 Taylor
  • 23 Cook
  • 26 Poleon

Middlesbrough

  • 40 Mejias Osorio
  • 03 Friend Booked
  • 04 Ayala Booked
  • 22 Omeruo
  • 02 Abella Perez
  • 27 Adomah
  • 20 Reach (Nsue Lopez - 75' )
  • 18 Whitehead (Clayton - 60' )
  • 07 Leadbitter Booked
  • 10 Tomlin (Williams - 85' )
  • 09 Garcia Martinez

Substitutes

  • 08 Clayton
  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 14 Williams
  • 17 Husband
  • 24 Nsue Lopez
  • 30 Fewster
  • 39 Woodgate
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 24,484

Match Stats

Shots

9 11

On target

4 0

Corners

4 4

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 1, Middlesbrough 0.

90:00 +6:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Middlesbrough 0.

90:00 +4:54

Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Daniel Ayala is caught offside.

90:00 +4:35

Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +4:31

Attempt blocked. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton with a headed pass.

90:00 +3:17

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

90:00 +1:34

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

89:42

Attempt blocked. Luke Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Friend.

88:54

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Damiá.

88:31 Booking

Booking Billy Sharp (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

87:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Middlesbrough 0. Billy Sharp (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

87:01

Attempt saved. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

85:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Lewis Cook replaces Rodolph Austin.

84:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Luke Williams replaces Lee Tomlin.

83:57

Foul by Damiá (Middlesbrough).

83:57

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:13

Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:13

Foul by Dominic Poleon (Leeds United).

80:07

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:41

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

78:15

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross following a set piece situation.

77:23 Booking

Booking George Friend (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:14

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

77:14

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:16 Booking

Booking Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:10

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

76:10

Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emilio Nsue Lopez replaces Adam Reach.

74:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Nicky Ajose.

70:55

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

68:52

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

68:52

Billy Sharp (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:25

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

64:25

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

61:11

Delay in match Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton replaces Dean Whitehead.

57:37

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tommaso Bianchi.

57:27

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kike.

56:06

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:06

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

55:40

Kike (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:40

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

53:52

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

53:52

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Tonge replaces Souleymane Doukara.

48:24

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

47:03

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by George Friend.

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +1:02

Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Reach tries a through ball, but George Friend is caught offside.

45:00 +0:49

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

42:52

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

42:52

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:06

Attempt missed. Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross following a corner.

40:38

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by George Friend.

38:51

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:51

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

36:19

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

36:19

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:28

Attempt blocked. Nicky Ajose (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

30:29

Attempt missed. Sam Byram (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

29:29

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Souleymane Doukara.

28:13

Attempt saved. Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicky Ajose.

27:39 Booking

Booking Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27:24

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

27:24

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:13

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

25:54

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

24:47

Dangerous play by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

24:47

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:55

Foul by Damiá (Middlesbrough).

19:55

Nicky Ajose (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:31

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Stephen Warnock.

13:33

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:33

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

9:18

Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

6:22

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

6:22

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:20

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:20

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

4:06

Offside, Middlesbrough. Lee Tomlin tries a through ball, but Kike is caught offside.

3:34

Foul by Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United).

3:34

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:12

Attempt blocked. Nicky Ajose (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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