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Leeds 2-0 Bristol City: Visiting boss Lee Johnson says hosts were 'lucky'

Pablo Hernandez
Pablo Hernandez has scored six goals this season

Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez scored the goals as Leeds United eased past 10-man Bristol City.

But Robins head coach Lee Johnson insisted the Yorkshire side were "lucky" - and that the game swung on visiting midfielder Josh Brownhill's red card for two bookable offences on 55 minutes, when the score was still 0-0.

"They got away with it," said Johnson after his side's fourth straight defeat. "We were the side who looked like we were going on to win the game until the red card,

"The referee took the easy decision in front of a big crowd. The referee wants to run the show these days.

"There were decisions that we didn't get but I don't care about the refs because they do it to us every week. We have had some poor refs the last few weeks."

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa said: "It's a point of view that we have to respect. But we virtually didn't concede any chances for our opponent.

"As far as I know I don't remember anything of note that they created. It was a very comfortable debut for our goalkeeper.

"When I see the game again I will take this into account this point of view that we didn't deserve the result.

"That we played with one player more made it easy for us. But that wasn't the only reason we won. We created plenty of chances."

The game was evenly balanced before Brownhill, booked on 20 minutes for a foul on Ezgjan Aliosk, was sent off for a poor challenge on Roofe.

Leeds took charge thereafter and Roofe gave them the lead from close range for his eighth of the campaign.

The hosts, beaten 4-1 by West Bromwich Albion in their final outing before the international break, added some late gloss to the scoreline when Samu Saiz played Hernandez in with a well-weighted pass and the Spaniard finished neatly.

Leeds, without their two senior keepers Jamal Blackman and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, handed a debut to youngster Will Huffer, as well as Finnish defender Aapo Halme.

But they ended up cruising to a ninth league win of the campaign, which took them up to second for a couple of hours before Middlesbrough beat Brentford in the later kick-off, and ultimately the margin could have been greater but for some wasteful finishing from Jack Harrison and Ezgjan Alioski.

Bielsa's side now face struggling Reading on Tuesday, while Bristol City will hope to end their losing run the following night when they travel to bottom-of-the-table Ipswich.

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Huffer
  • 15Dallas
  • 52HalmeSubstituted forSáizat 64'minutes
  • 6Cooper
  • 3Douglas
  • 23Phillips
  • 19Hernández
  • 4Forshaw
  • 43KlichSubstituted forBakerat 82'minutes
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 27minsSubstituted forHarrisonat 61'minutes
  • 7Roofe

Substitutes

  • 14Sáiz
  • 22Harrison
  • 34Baker
  • 40Davis
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
  • 51Miazek

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 32Hunt
  • 22Kalas
  • 4Webster
  • 17Kelly
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forDiedhiouat 62'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 8BrownhillBooked at 55mins
  • 16AdelakunSubstituted forWalshat 62'minutes
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forEisaat 78'minutes
  • 14Weimann

Substitutes

  • 2Pisano
  • 3Dasilva
  • 6Baker
  • 9Diedhiou
  • 12Walsh
  • 24O'Leary
  • 40Eisa
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
34,333

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Bristol City 0.

Attempt saved. Lewis Baker (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

Liam Walsh (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Bristol City 0. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Barry Douglas.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Lewis Baker replaces Mateusz Klich.

Attempt blocked. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Mohamed Eisa replaces Jamie Paterson.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Leeds United).

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Cooper (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Bristol City 0. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Hernández following a corner.

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

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

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jamie Paterson.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Andreas Weimann.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Niki Mäenpää.

Attempt saved. Barry Douglas (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

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

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

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

Foul by Liam Walsh (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Samuel Sáiz replaces Aapo Halme.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Liam Walsh replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Famara Diedhiou replaces Niclas Eliasson.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jack Harrison replaces Ezgjan Alioski.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Niclas Eliasson.

Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich18113432211136
2Middlesbrough189722191234
3Leeds1896331171433
4West Brom1894539261331
5Sheff Utd189452921831
6Derby189452721631
7Nottm Forest187922516930
8QPR188372024-427
9Swansea187562017326
10Blackburn186842125-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Stoke185852122-123
14Bristol City186482021-122
15Brentford185672825321
16Preston185673031-121
17Wigan186391926-721
18Sheff Wed185582232-1020
19Rotherham184771625-919
20Reading184592429-517
21Millwall184592330-717
22Bolton184591224-1217
23Hull1844101626-1016
24Ipswich181891530-1511
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