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Leeds United 2-0 Huddersfield Town: Marcelo Bielsa labelled 'a genius' as hosts go top of Championship

Luke Ayling
Luke Ayling has scored four goals this campaign, two more than he had managed in his first three seasons with the club

Premier League promotion hopefuls Leeds United went top of the Championship and moved seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with a comfortable win over local rivals Huddersfield.

The hosts raced into a third-minute lead when full-back Luke Ayling smashed home a superb volley from Jack Harrison's deep cross.

Patrick Bamford wrapped up the win with a close-range finish after Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl could only tip Ben White's header into his path, while Harrison also hit the woodwork for the hosts.

Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley described Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa as a "genius" after the match and is sure they will be playing top-flight football next season.

"If you are going to be outmanaged, then be outmanaged by a genius," said Cowley, who is in his first season as a Championship boss.

"I'm not sure we've ever got to that level of performance that Leeds did today. You look at the energy and intensity. He must be relentless in his demands of them to play with that physical output.

"I will be interested to see how the Premier League copes with them when Leeds go up."

Leeds take advantage as rivals slip

Leeds, who have now won their past five games without conceding a goal, made the most of West Bromwich Albion's 0-0 draw at Swansea to go back to the top of the table for the first time since 14 December.

Added to Fulham's draw at Bristol City and Nottingham Forest's home defeat by Millwall, Leeds were the only one of the Championship's top four to win this weekend.

Ayling opened the scoring in the first five minutes in last week's 4-0 win at Hull City and repeated the trick at Elland Road with a wonderful flying volley from Harrison's lofted centre.

Town, who had won their past two games to climb away from the bottom three, offered little but came close to a leveller when Trevoh Chalobah's shot threatened to squirm past Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

Bamford ended his eight-match run without a goal to put the game beyond Town in the 51st minute and thereafter it was just a matter of whether Leeds could add to the score.

Marcelo Bielsa's men visit Cardiff a week on Sunday, while the Terriers, who are now just three points clear of the bottom three, host Wigan.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We defended well, we didn't receive real chances, just the one in the first half. In attack, we could have scored maybe one more goal.

"I am happy for (Patrick Bamford), centre-forwards need to score. Today he scored a typical goal for a centre-forward."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Meslier
  • 2AylingBooked at 19mins
  • 28BerardiBooked at 38mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 15Dallas
  • 5WhiteBooked at 80mins
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Hernández
  • 43KlichSubstituted forShackletonat 83'minutes
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forAlioskiat 90+3'minutes
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forRobertsat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Douglas
  • 10Alioski
  • 11Roberts
  • 25Caprile
  • 34Struijk
  • 46Shackleton
  • 49Casey

Huddersfield

  • 49Lössl
  • 17Simpson
  • 12StearmanBooked at 15mins
  • 26SchindlerBooked at 51mins
  • 3Toffolo
  • 8Chalobah
  • 39O'Brien
  • 10WillockBooked at 35minsSubstituted forPritchardat 67'minutes
  • 32Smith RoweSubstituted forBacunaat 72'minutes
  • 16Grant
  • 22CampbellSubstituted forMounieat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 9Kachunga
  • 13Coleman
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Mounie
  • 27Stankovic
  • 29King
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
36,514

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ezgjan Alioski replaces Jack Harrison.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

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

Foul by Richard Stearman (Huddersfield Town).

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Jonas Lössl tries a through ball, but Steve Mounie is caught offside.

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts tries a through ball, but Jamie Shackleton is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Mateusz Klich.

Offside, Leeds United. Jack Harrison tries a through ball, but Tyler Roberts is caught offside.

Booking

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

Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).

Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts replaces Patrick Bamford.

Offside, Leeds United. Ben White tries a through ball, but Jack Harrison is caught offside.

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Juninho Bacuna replaces Emile Smith Rowe.

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town).

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Danny Simpson tries a through ball, but Richard Stearman is caught offside.

Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).

Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Alex Pritchard replaces Chris Willock.

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

Foul by Chris Willock (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt saved. Emile Smith Rowe (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Willock.

Attempt missed. Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Steve Mounie replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Chris Willock (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds37218856302671
2West Brom371913564372770
3Fulham371810952381464
4Brentford371791164333160
5Nottm Forest371612948381060
6Preston37168135045556
7Bristol City371510125153-255
8Millwall37131594440454
9Cardiff37131595250254
10Blackburn3614111152421053
11Swansea371314104645153
12QPR37148155862-450
13Reading37139154642448
14Derby361212124649-348
15Sheff Wed37139154649-348
16Birmingham371211144857-947
17Stoke37126194955-642
18Huddersfield37119174558-1342
19Middlesbrough37914143747-1041
20Wigan371011163850-1241
21Hull37118184963-1441
22Charlton37109184454-1039
23Luton37105224371-2835
24Barnsley37810194262-2034
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