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The ball is crossed by Ryan Williams.
Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan. Liam Lawrence takes the inswinging corner, Tom Lees makes a clearance.
Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Stephen Henderson makes a save.
Mikael Forssell takes a shot. Save made by Stephen Henderson. Adam Clayton decides to take a short corner.
Unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio by Hayden Mullins results in a free kick. Ryan Williams replaces Tal Ben-Haim. Direct free kick taken by Tom Lees.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Connolly on Tal Ben-Haim. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.
Mika Vayrynen is brought on as a substitute for Robert Snodgrass. Ross McCormack goes off and Mikael Forssell comes on.
Effort on goal by Joel Ward from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Greg Halford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adam Clayton, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.
Luciano Becchio on for Andrew Keogh. Ricardo Rocha on for David Norris. Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Lees. Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, Headed effort from inside the area by Jason Pearce misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line to the near post, Aidan White makes a clearance.
Andrew Keogh has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Danny Pugh, save made by Stephen Henderson.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, Header from deep inside the area by Jason Pearce goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Greg Halford concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Keogh. The referee shows Greg Halford a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Adam Clayton takes the direct free kick.
Tal Ben-Haim fouled by Adam Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.
Tal Ben-Haim concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. Free kick taken by Robert Snodgrass.
Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nwankwo Kanu. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick.
Andrew Keogh challenges Tal Ben-Haim unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.
Jonathan Howson challenges Liam Lawrence unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
(Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Nwankwo Kanu coming on for Bjorn Helge Riise.
Tom Lees concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Lawrence. Strike comes in from Greg Halford from the free kick, Andy Lonergan makes a save.
Robert Snodgrass fouled by Tal Ben-Haim, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Connolly.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Robert Snodgrass. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Lawrence, Robert Snodgrass makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Keogh takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Danny Pugh, clearance made by Greg Halford. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, Joel Ward makes a clearance.
Danny Pugh takes a shot. David Norris gets a block in. Corner taken by Danny Pugh from the left by-line, Shot from inside the area by Adam Clayton clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Liam Lawrence. Booking for Liam Lawrence. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jonathan Howson from left wing, Liam Lawrence makes a clearance.
Ross McCormack takes a shot. Joel Ward gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass, save by Stephen Henderson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Ross McCormack. Robert Snodgrass takes the free kick.
Liam Lawrence fouled by Paul Connolly, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan. Greg Halford takes a shot.
Outswinging corner taken by Danny Pugh from the left by-line, clearance by Jason Pearce.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Erik Huseklepp by Paul Connolly. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.
Unfair challenge on Paul Connolly by David Norris results in a free kick. Andy Lonergan takes the direct free kick.
Robert Snodgrass produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence, save by Andy Lonergan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross McCormack on Jason Pearce. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.
Ross McCormack takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Pearce. Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, Tom Lees takes a shot. Blocked by Benjani Mwaruwari. Robert Snodgrass takes the inswinging corner, Danny Pugh grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Leeds 1-0 Portsmouth.Robert Snodgrass provided the assist for the goal.
Andrew Keogh decides to take a short corner, The ball is crossed by Aidan White.
Centre by Bjorn Helge Riise.
Grayson looking to shore up defence
Leeds manager Simon Grayson will be considering his defensive options for the home clash with Portsmouth.
Grayson has no new injury or suspension problems as his side chase a fourth successive home win, but after they conceded a two-goal lead to draw at Brighton last Friday, he could be tempted to tinker with his back four.
Centre-half Patrick Kisnorbo was an unused substitute in the 3-3 draw against the Seagulls following his return from suspension, while Andy O'Brien and Alex Bruce offer Grayson further alternatives in central defence.
Leading goalscorer Ross McCormack is likely to continue up front alongside Andy Keogh, who notched his first goal in his second spell at the club last week, but Luciano Becchio is pushing for a recall.
Skipper Jonny Howson, Adam Clayton, recent signing Danny Pugh and Robert Snodgrass are expected to occupy a four-man midfield as Grayson looks to keep any changes to a minimum.
Strike duo Luke Varney and Dave Kitson will still be missing for Portsmouth when they travel to Yorkshire.
Varney sits out the final game of a three-match ban for his red card at Hull a fortnight ago and Kitson is sidelined with a rib injury.
Defender Aaron Mokoena will be checked over after missing Tuesday night's defeat by Peterborough with a back problem.
If Mokoena is ruled out again, boss Steve Cotterill is likely to stick with the side narrowly beaten 3-2 at Fratton Park.
Benjani is expected to start in attack once more after scoring his first goal since returning to the club against Posh.
Meanwhile, recent loan signing Bjorn Helge Riise continues in midfield following an encouraging debut.
Pugh lift for Leeds
Danny Pugh marked his second home debut for Leeds with a goal as Simon Grayson's men finally put their defensive frailties to one side to beat Portsmouth 1-0.
United's defence is notoriously porous and arguably cost them promotion last season, while it has been little better this time around, with a number of combinations failing to return a clean sheet.
But Grayson stumbled across the right formula this afternoon - although Greg Halford did go close to scoring for Pompey - and Pugh's 14th-minute header, his first since returning to the club from Stoke after five years away, helped extend Leeds' unbeaten run to four games.
They are now perched just outside the play-offs - having played a game fewer than everyone else - but the situation is not so pleasant for Portsmouth.
Last-minute losers against Peterborough in midweek, they have still to win away from home and have just nine points from their 10 games so far, with only the dire form of the likes of Bristol City, Coventry and Millwall keeping them out of the drop zone.
Leeds' defensive record over the last 18 months has been so poor that even chairman Ken Bates voiced concerns about it in midweek, and Grayson's response was to recall the previously-ostracised full-back Paul Connolly for a first appearance in a month.
Portsmouth also made a change on the back of recent performances, with goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown's blunder against Peterborough seeing him lose his place at the expense of Stephen Henderson.
Grayson's decision to extend an olive branch to Connolly was vindicated early on, with his more experienced presence allowing Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass, no longer having to lie deep with rookie Tom Lees, to flourish.
Everything Leeds did early on went through Snodgrass, and his ninth-minute cross laid on the first opportunity, with Joel Ward digging the ball out as Andy Keogh looked set to pounce.
Snodgrass then skipped past Tal Ben Haim and worked his way into the box to produce a cutback that looked to have allowed Ross McCormack to score for the seventh league game in a row Greg Halford's block sent the ball behind.
Portsmouth put the subsequent corner straight back out for another one and from it, Pugh struck.
Having scored five goals inside a month of signing for the club in 2004, the home fans were well aware of his prowess in the area, and he displayed it once more as he lost Halford eight yards out and headed in Snodgrass' centre.
Leeds continued to impress after the goal, with Snodgrass driving just wide of the post after a 60-metre run on the back of Andy Lonergan's quick throw, before the same player worked an angle for Pugh who saw an effort blocked by Halford.
Despite his inconsistencies in his own box, Halford's presence caused mayhem at the opposite end not long after, with his header from Liam Lawrence's free-kick forcing Lonergan into a wonder save, while he hit the bar on the follow-up.
Jason Pearce then cleared a McCormack cross from under his own bar, and although Lonergan had to beat away a Halford free-kick, Leeds remained in control through to the break - but Portsmouth looked decidedly livelier after it.
Ward's ball in behind caught the home defence napping and Lonergan had to be alert to save at the feet of David Norris, while some good tracking from Aidy White stopped Lawrence from fashioning an opening.
Leeds were feeling the tension of having failed to score a second when on top, and Halford's ability to get on the end of almost every ball played into their box added to their worries, with Darren O'Dea deflecting one of his efforts behind.
At the other end, substitute Mikael Forssell was denied a clinching second by Henderson's flying save, but even though Lonergan had to scramble to tip over a Halford cross, Leeds held on without extending their advantage.
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