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Leeds United 2-0 Rotherham United: Marcelo Bielsa's side get third successive league win

Luke Ayling
Luke Ayling's goal was his first in 78 appearances for Leeds United

Leeds maintained their perfect start under Marcelo Bielsa with a comfortable win against Rotherham at Elland Road.

The hosts started brightly, though they were fortunate not to fall behind when Millers winger Jon Taylor's shot came back off the inside of the post.

Luke Ayling put Leeds ahead after the break, following up with a diving header after Liam Cooper's effort was pushed back across goal.

Samuel Saiz had a shot cleared off the line as Leeds pressed for a second, before Kemar Roofe slotted in from a tight angle to seal the victory.

Roofe's goal, his third in four appearances this season, ensured Bielsa became the first manager to win his opening four games in charge of Leeds.

His side could have been well clear at half-time, with Ayling, Roofe, Mateusz Klich and Gaetano Berardi all going close.

Rotherham, who had won their two previous games in league and cup, also had decent chances fall to Ryan Williams and Kasey Palmer, but they offered little after Ayling scored his first goal since joining Leeds at the start of last season.

Ayling required help from goalline technology to put Leeds ahead, but there were no doubts about Roofe's second, as his pinpoint finish confirmed the Millers' 10th successive defeat in Yorkshire derby matches.

Leeds United boss Marcello Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"The problems we had in the first half were more linked to our own goal rather than with the lack of concretising the offensive actions.

"We built too much from the back. We built on a lateral way, not on a vertical one. It was not easy for us to go from a defensive position to an offensive one. On the left, we had less offensive actions. Our crosses were not very good.

"But in spite of all this, we were faithful to our style. In the second half, the opponent was a little bit more tired so we had more spaces to attack."

Rotherham boss Paul Warne said:

"The lads had a real opportunity to upset the apple cart today - and they didn't take it.

"I thought we set up well against an excellent team. We had a couple of good chances and we limited them to a few chances in the first half.

"They're great human beings, my lads - but they have to believe they are better than they were today. We want to get better and really compete. We've got to be realistic but I hope they all think we need to improve, even by 5 per cent - that would benefit us."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 2Ayling
  • 28Berardi
  • 6Cooper
  • 3Douglas
  • 43KlichSubstituted forJanssonat 90+1'minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 10Alioski
  • 14SáizSubstituted forBakerat 80'minutes
  • 19Hernández
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forBamfordat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bamford
  • 18Jansson
  • 20Pearce
  • 22Harrison
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Baker
  • 46Shackleton

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 26Raggett
  • 6WoodSubstituted forVassellat 76'minutes
  • 3Mattock
  • 11TaylorBooked at 16mins
  • 8PalmerSubstituted forManningat 66'minutes
  • 5Ajayi
  • 4Vaulks
  • 23Williams
  • 24SmithSubstituted forProctorat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Proctor
  • 10Ball
  • 15Robertson
  • 17Manning
  • 19Vassell
  • 22Newell
  • 30Bilboe
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
33,699

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Rotherham United 0.

Attempt blocked. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Sean Raggett.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Pontus Jansson replaces Mateusz Klich.

Offside, Leeds United. Ezgjan Alioski tries a through ball, but Barry Douglas is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Rotherham United. Kyle Vassell tries a through ball, but Jamie Proctor is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Patrick Bamford replaces Kemar Roofe.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Williams (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Attempt saved. Ryan Manning (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jon Taylor with a cross.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Lewis Baker replaces Samuel Sáiz.

Offside, Leeds United. Bailey Peacock-Farrell tries a through ball, but Ezgjan Alioski is caught offside.

Offside, Rotherham United. Will Vaulks tries a through ball, but Jamie Proctor is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jamie Proctor replaces Michael Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Kyle Vassell replaces Richard Wood.

Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

Ryan Manning (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Raggett (Rotherham United).

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Rotherham United 0. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Attempt blocked. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ryan Manning replaces Matthew Palmer.

Offside, Leeds United. Kemar Roofe tries a through ball, but Samuel Sáiz is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

Hand ball by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough431082610
2Leeds33009279
3West Brom421113767
4Aston Villa32107437
5Bolton32105327
6Swansea32103127
7Nottm Forest41305416
8Sheff Utd420257-26
9Millwall31204315
10Blackburn31203215
11Brentford21106244
12Wigan31117704
13Preston31113304
14Derby310247-33
15Rotherham310227-53
16Ipswich302134-12
17Birmingham302123-12
18Stoke302146-22
19Bristol City302135-22
20Sheff Wed201134-11
21Norwich301268-21
22Hull301225-31
23Reading300314-30
24QPR3003210-80
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