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Leeds United 2-1 Barnsley

Ezgjan Alioski
Ezgjan Alioski's goal was his seventh in 42 appearances this season

Barnsley's hopes of avoiding relegation took a blow with a narrow defeat by former head coach Paul Heckingbottom's Leeds United at Elland Road.

Tom Pearce put Leeds ahead with his first senior goal, firing into the bottom right corner from 25 yards out.

But Barnsley levelled before the break, Paudie O'Connor deflecting Zeki Fryers' cross into his own net.

Ezgjan Alioski's tap in restored the hosts' lead, and Barnsley could not turn late pressure into a second goal.

Oli McBurnie had a goal disallowed for offside and Kieffer Moore somehow directed Adam Hammill's cross wide of an open goal when it looked easier to score.

Young Leeds keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell gave another assured performance in goal, and Pearce and O'Connor, both 20, also impressed once again in defence, giving Leeds boss Heckingbottom some positives to take into next season after a difficult start to life at Elland Road.

Barnsley, meanwhile, slipped ever closer to a return to League One after falling to a sixth defeat in 12 games under Heckingbottom's replacement, Jose Morais.

The Tykes are only two points behind nearest rivals Bolton with a game in hand, but they have just three matches left to overhaul the Trotters.

Leeds United assistant head coach Jamie Clapham:

"The first 15, 20 minutes we were exceptional - we played really fast and were on the front foot.

"Then we got the goal and for some unknown reason we just switched off and they managed to get in the game.

"You can see the equaliser was coming for them and then at half-time we had to have strong words.

"We got the goal and controlled large periods again then. Towards the end it was a real battle and we had to man up and do everything you need to get results."

Barnsley boss Jose Morais:

"It's between us and the teams close to us in this moment, Bolton is the team that is closest and my belief is that we have to definitely win the next game.

"Winning this game we will be in a good position and after that is to control in terms of making the same results as the teams that we are in a direct fight with.

"Tuesday is a must-win game, definitely."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 30Peacock-Farrell
  • 5Pennington
  • 18Jansson
  • 37O'Connor
  • 46Pearce
  • 23Phillips
  • 25VieiraBooked at 31mins
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forEkubanat 71'minutes
  • 21SáizSubstituted forForshawat 84'minutes
  • 19Hernández
  • 7Roofe

Substitutes

  • 1Lonergan
  • 4Forshaw
  • 6Cooper
  • 8Anita
  • 9Lasogga
  • 24Sacko
  • 45Ekuban

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 17Yiadom
  • 5MillsSubstituted forHedgesat 81'minutes
  • 6Lindsay
  • 3Fryers
  • 22Gardner
  • 7HammillBooked at 87mins
  • 21MahoneySubstituted forMooreat 62'minutes
  • 20Potts
  • 15McBurnie
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMoncurat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McCarthy
  • 10Moncur
  • 12Cavare
  • 16Pinnock
  • 19Moore
  • 30Walton
  • 34Hedges
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
30,451

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Barnsley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Barnsley 1.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Attempt blocked. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

Offside, Barnsley. Adam Davies tries a through ball, but Ryan Hedges is caught offside.

Booking

Adam Hammill (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Hammill (Barnsley) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Adam Forshaw replaces Samuel Sáiz.

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Leeds United).

Adam Hammill (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ryan Hedges replaces Matt Mills.

Foul by Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United).

Matt Mills (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Paudie O'Connor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Mills (Barnsley).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paudie O'Connor.

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Barnsley) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Tom Pearce (Leeds United).

Andy Yiadom (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. George Moncur replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Caleb Ekuban replaces Ezgjan Alioski.

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ezgjan Alioski.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Gary Gardner (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Brad Potts (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezekiel Fryers with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ronaldo Vieira.

Attempt missed. Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Kieffer Moore replaces Connor Mahoney.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Brad Potts.

Attempt blocked. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Hammill (Barnsley).

Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brad Potts (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

goal

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