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Leeds 2-0 Ipswich: Marcelo Bielsa's side return to top with win over bottom side

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Leeds forward Kemar Roofe (left) has scored five goals this season

Leeds United returned to the top of the Championship with a dominant win over bottom club Ipswich Town.

The hosts took the lead when Kemar Roofe headed in from Pablo Hernandez's well-measured cross.

Liam Cooper doubled their advantage with a fine finish after a corner was worked to him on the edge of the area.

The visitors rarely troubled the home defence and would have lost by more but for Ezgjan Alioski's ferocious strike coming back off the inside of the post and Bartosz Bialkowski's fine save from Adam Forshaw's shot.

Victory moved Leeds from fourth to first after Middlesbrough and Sheffield United both drew on Tuesday and West Brom fell to a heavy defeat by Derby on Wednesday.

They were boosted by the return of Spanish playmaker Hernandez, who was making his first start since 25 August after a hamstring injury, and was instrumental throughout.

It took him just 22 minutes to have a decisive impact on the match, creating space with neat footwork before sending in a perfectly measured centre for Roofe and the outcome of the game was never in much doubt thereafter.

For Paul Hurst's side, it was another chastening night as they fell to a seventh league defeat of the season and remain four points adrift of safety.

They visit Millwall on Saturday, while Leeds will hope to build on this win when they host Nottingham Forest.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa:

"Our team was constantly offensive - we had 10 clear chances to score a goal.

"In the first half it was hard for us to get rid of the way the opposition played the game. The long balls of the opponent to their right full-back, this happened during half of the first half.

"We spent many minutes not playing and we had the obligation to change this. In the second half we defended well."

Ipswich manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Suffolk:

"We're going to need every single player to stick together and be ready for some battles that are ahead.

"All I will do is continue to go about the job and until I hear differently. Realistically if nothing's said, I will get on with it.

"If something's said, we'll deal with that message, whatever it is."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 28BerardiBooked at 15minsSubstituted forDallasat 27'minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 6Cooper
  • 2Ayling
  • 14SáizSubstituted forForshawat 57'minutes
  • 43Klich
  • 10Alioski
  • 19Hernández
  • 7Roofe
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forPearceat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Forshaw
  • 11Roberts
  • 15Dallas
  • 20Pearce
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Baker
  • 47Clarke

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Spence
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Pennington
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 50mins
  • 11NolanBooked at 5mins
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forChalobahat 85'minutes
  • 21DownesBooked at 31mins
  • 25EdunSubstituted forWardat 62'minutes
  • 9Jackson
  • 20SearsSubstituted forEdwardsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Donacien
  • 6Chalobah
  • 7Edwards
  • 18Ward
  • 23Dozzell
  • 36Lankester
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
29,082

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home18
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home15
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Ipswich Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Ipswich Town 0.

Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Trevoh Chalobah replaces Cole Skuse.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jon Nolan (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Jon Nolan tries a through ball, but Gwion Edwards is caught offside.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Kayden Jackson.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Gwion Edwards replaces Freddie Sears.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Grant Ward tries a through ball, but Kayden Jackson is caught offside.

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Leeds United).

Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Ipswich Town 0. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kemar Roofe.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Grant Ward is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Grant Ward replaces Tayo Edun.

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jon Nolan.

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

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Tom Pearce replaces Jack Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Adam Forshaw replaces Samuel Sáiz.

Foul by Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds1475225111426
2Middlesbrough14752167926
3Sheff Utd148242316726
4West Brom1473432221024
5Derby147342115624
6Norwich147341917224
7Nottm Forest145722115622
8Bristol City146441814422
9Blackburn145631719-221
10Swansea145541511420
11Birmingham144821613320
12Wigan146261618-220
13QPR146261419-520
14Sheff Wed145452023-319
15Brentford144642319418
16Aston Villa144642222018
17Stoke144551820-217
18Bolton144461119-816
19Preston143472328-513
20Millwall143471623-713
21Rotherham143471020-1013
22Reading143381923-412
23Hull142391121-109
24Ipswich141671122-119
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