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Leeds United 2-0 Hull City: Marcelo Bielsa's Whites win to go top

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Hull keeper George Long could not prevent Jordy de Wijs from scoring an own goal

Leeds United moved top of the Championship as two goals in the last 20 minutes saw them edge past Hull City for a seventh straight league victory.

Marcelo Bielsa's side were matched by the Tigers in a first half without a shot on target, but the hosts turned the screw in the last half-hour.

After Helder Costa's goal was ruled out for offside Leeds went ahead in fortunate style when the Portugal winger's cross was diverted into his own net by Jordy de Wijs.

Then, after goalkeeper Kiko Casilla stopped Tom Eaves heading Hull level, the home side countered and scored a second - sub Ezgjan Alioski finishing from a tight angle after Patrick Bamford hit the post.

The points saw Leeds go a point clear of West Bromwich Albion, who will return to the summit if they win at Wigan on Wednesday, and 11 points above third-placed Fulham, while Grant McCann's Hull drop into the bottom half.

Both sides perked up after a fairly uninspiring first 45 minutes at Elland Road, towering striker Eaves denied by Casilla before Costa's effort was ruled out for offside against Jack Harrison, whose low ball was swept in.

Minutes after blocking a powerful Harrison strike, Belgian defender De Wijs once again threw his body in the way of a Leeds ball into the box but unwittingly slid the ball past Hull keeper George Long.

The Whites had their Spanish keeper Casilla to thank for their second - his reaction save from a Hull corner launching a breakaway which saw Alioski sweep in a rebound.

Leeds are now unbeaten in 10 Championship matches, conceding just three times in that time, with this their fourth consecutive clean sheet.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa:

"Hull City were not the best team to come here this season at the beginning of the game, but in the end this has been a very important win for us.

"It was a game of two different halves. In the first half we were good, but we faced an opponent with a very attractive style of play.

"We couldn't stop Hull's chances, but we kept on the offensive. We risked the result in the second half, but once we had scored the second goal, we then managed the game very well."

"We had a lot of crosses and chances, and the conclusion is that we deserved the victory.

Hull City boss Grant McCann told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought it was harsh and cruel but I'm not interested in hard luck stories.

"We thought we had scored and then 20 seconds later it was in our net at the other end.

"I was very pleased with the performance. We wanted to play through their press and I thought we did that. A couple of times we took one touch too many. We're usually ruthless and today we weren't.

"We're getting closer to where I want us to be."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 5WhiteBooked at 79mins
  • 28Berardi
  • 15Dallas
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 61mins
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forStruijkat 90+1'minutes
  • 19Hernández
  • 43KlichSubstituted forDouglasat 90+6'minutes
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forAlioskiat 69'minutes
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 3Douglas
  • 10Alioski
  • 14Nketiah
  • 30Miazek
  • 34Struijk
  • 36Gotts
  • 47Clarke

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Burke
  • 4de Wijs
  • 26ElderSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 85'minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 8BattySubstituted forBowlerat 74'minutes
  • 37Da Silva Lopes
  • 11GrosickiSubstituted forHoneymanat 90+2'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 36Irvine
  • 9Eaves

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 13Ingram
  • 18Honeyman
  • 19Bowler
  • 23Kingsley
  • 25Pennington
  • 31Lewis-Potter
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
35,200

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamHull
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Hull City 0.

Full Time

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Barry Douglas replaces Mateusz Klich.

Booking

George Honeyman (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by George Honeyman (Hull City).

Foul by Pascal Struijk (Leeds United).

George Honeyman (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Bowler (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. George Honeyman replaces Kamil Grosicki.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Pascal Struijk replaces Hélder Costa.

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Keane Lewis-Potter replaces Callum Elder.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Hull City 0. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Mateusz Klich following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki with a cross.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Booking

Ben White (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).

Callum Elder (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordy de Wijs.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josh Bowler.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Josh Bowler replaces Daniel Batty.

Goal!

Own Goal by Jordy de Wijs, Hull City. Leeds United 1, Hull City 0.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Leeds United).

Callum Elder (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ezgjan Alioski replaces Jack Harrison.

Attempt blocked. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ben White.

Attempt blocked. Tom Eaves (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Offside, Hull City. Jarrod Bowen tries a through ball, but Eric Lichaj is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ben White.

Booking

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Jackson Irvine (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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