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Leeds United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers: Patrick Bamford scores for first time since August as hosts win

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford's first-half penalty was his first goal since 24 August

Patrick Bamford scored his first goal since August as promotion-chasing Leeds United held out for victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Bamford gave the hosts a deserved lead when he slotted home from the spot after Tosin Adarabioyo had fouled Luke Ayling in the area and then played in Jack Harrison to make it 2-0 with a good finish.

Derrick Williams crashed in a header from Stewart Downing's corner to give the visitors a lifeline before the break.

But Leeds dominated the second half, with Tyler Roberts and Harrison both going close to a third, but ultimately two was enough.

Marcelo Bielsa's men remain third in the Championship after victories for West Brom and Preston, over Hull and Huddersfield respectively.

They were on top throughout against Tony Mowbray's Rovers, whose goal by centre-back Williams came from their only effort on target.

Bamford's penalty to open the scoring ended a run of 10 matches without a goal and the former England Under-21 international was instrumental in the second too, as his neat touch and pass set Harrison up for his second in two games.

Leeds travel to Luton after the international break, while Blackburn, who have slipped to 18th, host lowly Barnsley.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa:

"This is a player (Bamford) with a big character and a big personality. He took the responsibility (for the penalty), which isn't easy for him."

"At that moment (2-0 up), it was difficult to think the opponent could score. But after they scored, everything changed.

"After we scored twice, we had 10 or 12 chances but in the first and the second half we had a lot of spaces to attack. We didn't take advantage of that as much as we should."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:

"It's always intense when you come to Elland Road, but the referee gives a penalty, which I've seen back a few times on the laptop and it's soft to say the least. It spoiled a little bit of the game.

"Is the standard of refereeing in the Championship dropping, or is it just me? It felt like that game was a bit much for him.

"Leeds didn't have hundreds of shots and when we got back to 2-1 there was a nervousness about them. We wanted to prey on that nervousness but it never materialised."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 6CooperSubstituted forBerardiat 72'minutes
  • 15Dallas
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 80mins
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forHernándezat 81'minutes
  • 43Klich
  • 11Roberts
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forDavisat 90+4'minutes
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 3Douglas
  • 19Hernández
  • 28Berardi
  • 36Gotts
  • 40Davis
  • 47Clarke

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 31Bennett
  • 2Nyambe
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 3WilliamsBooked at 54mins
  • 27Travis
  • 22HoltbySubstituted forBuckleyat 69'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forGrahamat 60'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 19Downing
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forEvansat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 8Rothwell
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 29Evans
  • 39Buckley
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
35,567

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Leif Davis replaces Jack Harrison.

  6. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mateusz Klich following a fast break.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Graham.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

  12. Post update

    Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Christian Walton.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Roberts following a fast break.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Pablo Hernández replaces Hélder Costa.