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Alex Mowatt (top) challenges with Emilio Nsue
Mowatt scored his sixth goal of the season for Leeds

Leeds produced a resilient display to claim a fifth win in six games as league-leaders Middlesbrough missed out on the chance to go four points clear at the top of the Championship.

Alex Mowatt's deflected shot from the edge of the box gave the away side the lead in just the third minute.

And Scott Wootton hit the crossbar with a close-range header for United.

But Boro dominated for long periods and Leeds were indebted to keeper Marco Silvestri for a string of good saves.

The 23-year-old Italian was not the only key figure for Leeds, with new captain Sol Bamba producing a superb display in defence and a number of important of blocks to deny the home attack.

And Mowatt, who scored Leeds' only goal against Millwall a week ago, was again the match-winner - his shot finding the net after he was set up by Lewis Cook following a misplaced throw from home keeper Tomas Mejias.

However, despite taking the early lead, Leeds were on the back foot for much of the rest of the first half as Middlesbrough came back strong.

Aitor Karanka's team had not lost in the league since 20 December and were unbeaten at home since August, and they would have been level but for Silvestri, who produced superb saves to push away a Kike shot and block an effort from Jelle Vossen before fending away a long-range drive from Adam Clayton.

Leeds had chances to double their advantage, with Bamba heading wide from close range, Wootton's header hitting the bar and Rodolph Austin seeing a shot saved by Mejias following an incisive break.

But despite bringing on strikers Patrick Bamford and Lee Tomlin, and playing nine minutes of injury time - for a head injury to Vossen that left the home side with 10 men - Boro were unable to break through.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"Today is the kind of day you cannot explain. We are frustrated because we have done everything to win this game and we haven't won it.

"I can't say anything bad about my players because they have done their best. We now have to think about Tuesday against Bolton.

"I thought the performance was very good. I don't know how many chances we had. However, we have an important game on Tuesday.

"The best thing is to play again on Tuesday, especially at home. This team always reacts very well after a defeat."

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn:

"Our recent run is very satisfying. But we have got to make sure we don't get carried away with ourselves.

"We are a young side and we have been through a lot of adversity. We are going to get better and better.

"Reaching the play-offs is a tall ask but while there are points to play for there is no reason not to aim as high as you can."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 40Mejias
  • 24NsueSubstituted forBamfordat 66'minutes
  • 26Kalas
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 27Adomah
  • 8Clayton
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forForshawat 79'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 20ReachSubstituted forTomlinat 57'minutes
  • 21Vossen
  • 9Kike

Substitutes

  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Ripley
  • 17Husband
  • 18Whitehead
  • 22Omeruo
  • 23Bamford
  • 34Forshaw

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15Wootton
  • 3BambaBooked at 57mins
  • 5BellusciBooked at 23minsSubstituted forCooperat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Taylor
  • 23L Cook
  • 7Murphy
  • 2Byram
  • 4Austin
  • 27Mowatt
  • 19Morison

Substitutes

  • 8Sharp
  • 10Cani
  • 12Berardi
  • 13Taylor
  • 32Cooper
  • 33Sloth
  • 34Antenucci
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
25,531

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home27
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home18
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Leeds United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Leeds United 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Steve Morison (Leeds United).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Scott Wootton.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Scott Wootton.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Friend (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Sam Byram.

  10. Booking

    Liam Cooper (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

  13. Post update

    Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

  14. Post update

    Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

  16. Post update

    Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tomás Mejías.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Liam Cooper replaces Giuseppe Bellusci because of an injury.

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