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Leeds United 1-0 West Bromwich Albion: Ezgjan Alioski goal sends Leeds top

Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United scores a goal to make it 1-0 against West Brom
Leeds United full-back Ezgjan Alioski scored with a first-half strike that was deflected in

Ezgjan Alioski scored the only goal as Leeds United ended West Brom's unbeaten start to the Championship season and replaced them at the top of the table.

The left-back rifled into the bottom corner via a deflection from Kyle Bartley after some neat hold-up play from Jack Harrison.

Then followed an uncharacteristic display from Marcelo Bielsa's side, who were made to dig deep during a second half that was dominated by Slaven Bilic's visitors.

Such pressure were Leeds put under that forward Tyler Roberts, a half-time substitute, was replaced by defender Luke Ayling in the 75th minute.

But for all of their possession, Albion failed to create a clear opportunity.

Leeds were roared on by a sold-out home crowd, who were well aware that their side had already dropped points late on against Nottingham Forest, Swansea and Derby at Elland Road this season.

And it may well have been the scars of those experiences that encouraged Bielsa to haul off former West Brom player Roberts midway through the second period when his team was being overrun.

By that point, Albion had looked dangerous through Matheus Pereira on multiple occasions, and Leeds perhaps lacked a little security having lost both captain Liam Cooper and midfielder Jamie Shackleton to injury.

As West Brom pushed forward in the closing stages it was in fact the hosts who went closest to doubling their advantage as Helder Costa and Harrison both saw efforts saved by keeper Sam Johnstone.

But Alioski's effort, which took a tiny but crucial deflection on its way in, means the Baggies drop to second, a point off Leeds at the top.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa: "It was big, big effort from the team tonight.

"We tried to manage the match, but at the end West Brom's creative play was difficult to defend.

"We put all our energy into defending which made it difficult to then put our energy into the attacks."

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic: "I'm very disappointed with the result but I'm proud of how we played second half. We knew who we were playing and we talked about this as a big opportunity.

"They (Leeds) were more aggressive in the first half and scored a goal. But in the second I didn't see Leeds for a long time.

"I think we definitely deserved one goal and I'm disappointed that we didn't take any of these chances."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Casilla
  • 15Dallas
  • 5White
  • 6CooperSubstituted forBerardiat 34'minutes
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 18mins
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 46ShackletonSubstituted forRobertsat 45'minutesSubstituted forAylingat 75'minutes
  • 43Klich
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 2Ayling
  • 3Douglas
  • 11Roberts
  • 14Nketiah
  • 28Berardi
  • 30Miazek
  • 47Clarke

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 6AjayiBooked at 65mins
  • 5BartleyBooked at 25mins
  • 36Ferguson
  • 8LivermoreSubstituted forEdwardsat 82'minutes
  • 19SawyersBooked at 27mins
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forKrovinovicat 62'minutes
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 29DianganaBooked at 90mins
  • 4Robson-KanuBooked at 23minsSubstituted forZohoreat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Krovinovic
  • 9Zohore
  • 14Townsend
  • 15Austin
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 27O'Shea
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
34,648

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion).

  4. Post update

    Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gaetano Berardi.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Johnstone following a fast break.

  7. Booking

    Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion).

  9. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kyle Edwards.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Jake Livermore.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.