Leeds United 1-2 Sheffield United: Championship – as it happened

27 October 2017 08:45
Substitute David Brooks scored a fine late winner as Chris Wilder’s side deservedly won at Elland Road to go top of the Championship table 10.18pm BST Related: Leeds stunned after David Brooks seals superb win for Sheffield United 9.45pm BST That was an intriguing derby fixture that perhaps never quite burst into life, but Sheffield United were the deserved winners. They showed more intensity and ambition than their tentative hosts, and substitute David Brooks provided the necessary touch of class when the game looked set to end all-square. There is, of course, a long way to go, but this team are firmly in the promotion race – after all, they’re top of the league. Thanks for joining me. Bye! 9.38pm BST Saiz works his way back into the area but is stopped in his tracks, and after Hernandez gives the ball away, Duncan blows the whistle. Sheffield United are top! 9.37pm BST 94 mins: Saiz jinks his way in from the left, but his pass is aimless. Leeds build again, before Hernandez’s cross sails into Blackman’s arms. Time almost up. 9.35pm BST 92 mins: Saiz pings Hernandez’s pass back across goal, and the frankly enormous Grot gets above his marker, but can’t get any power on an awkward header. 9.33pm BST 90 mins: Good news for Leeds – there will be five minutes of added time. Bad news for Leeds – they have close to zero forward momentum. 9.31pm BST 88 mins: The away fans are going mad, and they’ve every right to go mad. Their side are going top of the Championship, as it stands. 9.30pm BST 87 mins: Ronaldo Vieira goes in the book for a cynical, if necessary, lunge on Clarke to stop a counter-attack. Clarke meets Fleck’s free kick, but nods it over the bar. 9.29pm BST 85 mins: Duffy is replaced by John Lundstram, with Leeds fans taking exception to his gentle pace leaving the field. The referee is able to calm things down without producing any more cards – although Fleck is lucky not to get an immediate second booking for a shove on Samuel Saiz. 9.28pm BST 84 mins: Two quick bookings for Sheffield United, with Leon Clarke and John Fleck going in Duncan’s little black book. Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot is thrown on by Christiansen, replacing Vurnon Anita. 9.26pm BST Brooks combined with Duffy and set off down the left, collected the return pass, and bustled into the area past Ayling. He still had plenty to do, but stroked his shot past Lonergan from a tight angle. What a finish! 9.24pm BST An unbelievably composed finish from David Brooks might just have won this game! 9.24pm BST 80 mins: What a chance for Leon Clarke! Fleck carries the ball down the left and with Brooks’ dummy creating space, he has time to pick his spot – but fires straight at Lonergan. 9.22pm BST 79 mins: Saiz cuts across the penalty area with Baldock in hot pursuit, then tumbles over on the edge of the box. The referee isn’t interested; it would have been extremely harsh. 9.21pm BST 77 mins: Brooks makes an immediate impact, dancing past Vieira and winning a free kick. Duffy swings it in but Lasogga, who has spent most of the game strolling around in the opposite half, gets a vital touch to clear! 9.18pm BST 76 mins: Leeds beginning to push their opponents back, Saiz at the heart of another patient attacking move – but Sheffield United hold firm. Brooks is on for Billy Sharp, who scored one and could have easily had more. 9.17pm BST 74 mins: Baldock is booked for a clumsy challenge on Vieira. David Brooks, the talented 20-year old midfielder, will be on for Sheffield United shortly. 9.15pm BST 72 mins: Ayling swings a cross towards Lasogga, who finds himself sandwiched between two Sheffield United centre-backs, and can’t get near the ball. 9.14pm BST 71 mins: Phillips offers an apology to Baldock, while Leon Clarke keeps busy chasing Leeds’ central defenders. Twenty minutes left for someone to find a winner. 9.13pm BST 69 mins: Basham moves upfield – Wilder gives his outside centre-backs plenty of licence to roam – but he skews a hopeful shot high and wide. Alioski’s race is run – he’s replaced by Pablo Hernández, who impressed in the League Cup tie against Leicester. 9.11pm BST 67 mins: Saiz and Alioski, Leeds’ most likely attacking players, combine on a counter attack – but the winger’s header from Saiz’s cross is weak, and straight at Blackman. 9.09pm BST 65 mins: Sheffield United win a corner after Basham steps through Vieira’s tentative challenge. Phillips blocks, conceding another corner, then has the temerity to whine at the officials’ decision. 9.06pm BST 62 mins: Perhaps still upset about that miss, Phillips slides in on George Baldock with his studs up and connects with the right-back’s ankle! It’s a dreadful tackle, and he’s very lucky to escape with only a booking. 9.05pm BST 60 mins: Saiz, so much more effective through the middle, wins a free kick in a central position, more than 25 yards out. Kalvin Phillips lines one up, but slips during his run-up and balloons the ball into the air. “He did a Beckham,” opines Andy Hinchcliffe, and he didn’t mean it in a good way. 9.02pm BST 58 mins: In the interests of balance, here’s Sheffield United getting one over on their rivals in the 2002 League Cup. Features a sweet, sweet hit from one Phil Jagielka: 9.00pm BST 56 mins: Saiz hits the post! Leeds’ top scorer has been stationed more centrally and from the No10 position, he pings a left-footed shot from 20 yards past Blackman and off the far upright. Unlucky. 8.58pm BST 55 mins: A quiet, scrappy spell, with neither team able to get anything going. Jansson is coming on, replacing Cooper, who seems to have tweaked a hamstring. 8.55pm BST 52 mins: Leeds captain Liam Cooper looks to be struggling with an injury, and Christiansen summons Pontus Jansson from the bench. 8.54pm BST 50 mins: Leeds look happy to try and hit their opponents on the break, and Saiz motors beyond Coutts, who is forced to pull the Spaniard down. He’s booked, but from the free kick, another attacking move peters out. 8.52pm BST 48 mins: Clarke’s cut back from the right is cleared with Sharp and Fleck buzzing around menacingly. 8.49pm BST 47 mins: More panic from the Leeds defence, with Cooper hacking clear for a corner, and O’Kane forced into doing the same after Lonergan stays on his line. 8.48pm BST The second half is under way. 8.45pm BST These two teams haven’t met in the top flight since 1994. Just two years prior to that, Leeds sealed the title after a wild encounter at Bramall Lane. Can either team get back to the Premier League for next season? 8.33pm BST The visitors have been the better side, with Billy Sharp scoring after two minutes and forcing two saves out of Andy Lonergan, but Kalvin Phillips’ volley means it’s all square. More soon. 8.32pm BST 45 mins: A first booking of the match, with Enda Stevens cautioned for another foul on Alioski. One minute of added time and Leeds have a free kick, which Alioski belts dismally into the stand. 8.31pm BST 44 mins: .it’s taken quickly by Duffy, who picks out Sharp with the Leeds defence sound asleep! He brings it down but Andy Lonergan is paying attention, and charges out to make the save. What were Leeds doing there?! 8.30pm BST 43 mins: After a spell where neither team appeared keen on keeping the ball, Pennington brings down Clarke to hand Sheffield United a free kick. 8.27pm BST 41 mins: Sharp is flagged offside as he tries to get beyond Leeds’ back line, who still look a little jittery. 8.25pm BST 39 mins: .presenting Alioski with the chance to heave a free kick into the box – but it’s all out of goose, and drifts out for a goal kick. 8.25pm BST 38 mins: Ayling finds Samuel Saiz, who skips beyond Coutts and flings himself over once contact is made. 8.24pm BST 36 mins: Elland Road is rocking now as the visitors try to regroup. Phillips’ strike was Leeds’ first touch in the Sheffield United area, but he only needed one. 8.22pm BST Phillips had struggled so far in the No10 role, but he delivered here, meeting Carter-Vickers’ headed clearance on the edge of the area and volleying it into the bottom corner! 8.21pm BST They don’t really deserve it, but no matter – Leeds are level through a fine strike from Kalvin Phillips! 8.19pm BST 31 mins: Duffy pings a pass out wide to Baldock, who is a fraction offside. The 32-year-old, who started his career in non-league and has never been higher in the football pyramid, has been the standout player so far. 8.16pm BST 29 mins: Woof! Duffy prises the Leeds defence open with a scooped pass to Baldock, barrelling in from the right. His cross is sliced away by Ayling, but Sheffield United are getting back on top. 8.14pm BST 27 mins: Lasogga topples over under a challenge from Basham, but the referee isn’t buying. On the touchline, Thomas Christansen is looking increasingly concerned. 8.12pm BST 25 mins: Lonergan denies Sharp a second! Pennington gets the ball caught under his feet and Clarke picks it up and crosses to the near post, where Sharp’s toe poke is turned over the bar! 8.11pm BST 24 mins: Duffy, seemingly two yards from the ball at all times, keeps Leeds pinned in their own half with some top-notch harrying. 8.08pm BST 22 mins: Back down the other end, with the game starting to stretch, Carter-Vickers concedes a free-kick which is angled in towards Lasogga, but collected by Blackman. 8.08pm BST 21 mins: Mark Duffy nicks the ball in the Leeds half, and tees up Baldock. The winger’s speculator from the edge of the box is straight at Andy Lonergan. 8.07pm BST 20 mins: The winger takes it, Blackman punches it away without conviction, but Sheffield United clear their lines. 8.06pm BST 19 mins: Alioski cuts past Enda Stevens and wins a cheap free kick, giving Leeds a chance to hoik a set piece into the box. 8.05pm BST 18 mins: There’s no real cohesion for Leeds going forward, with attacks breaking down and Lasogga still without even one touch of the ball. 8.03pm BST 16 mins: Baldock pushes forward, tight to the touchline, and whips a cross towards Clarke that Pennington does well to head clear. 8.01pm BST 15 mins: The jet-heeled Alioski chases a loose long pass and tucks it back to Ayling, but his cross drifts into the arms of Jamal Blackman. Leeds do have a striker playing, and a good one in Pierre-Michel Lasogga, but I’m not sure where he’s hiding. 8.00pm BST 13 mins: Alioski is picked out down the right but is reeled in by a pack of red-and-white shirts on the edge of the box. 7.58pm BST 11 mins: Both sets of fans are at full volume despite the uneven start, although there are a few murmurs of disapproval when Ayling’s forward pass finds no one in particular. 7.56pm BST 9 mins: Another chance for Sheffield United, as Sharp moves out to the left and finds Duffy, whose dinked cross is missed by Pennington. Clarke is behind him, but can’t steer his header inside the far post. 7.54pm BST 7 mins: Leeds need to wake up, and Lonergan almost hands the visitors a second, with his pass out from the back finding Leon Clarke. He is closed down, and when he picks out a pass, Sharp is offside. 7.52pm BST 5 mins: Shortly after the goal there was a hefty collision between Luke Ayling and Cameron Carter-Vickers, but referee Scott Duncan decided not to take further action. 7.51pm BST An extraordinary start, as Leon Clarke tees up Mark Duffy, whose cross is weighted perfectly for Sharp to get ahead of Pennington and finish. A goal against his former club, but one he’s more than happy to celebrate. 7.49pm BST The visitors break down the other end and Billy Sharp gets free at the far post, and powers his header beyond Lonergan! 7.48pm BST We’re off, with Luke Ayling almost getting in behind the away defence early. 7.45pm BST The teams are out, with Leeds captain Liam Cooper carrying Toby Nye, a four-year-old battling neuroblastoma. Both sides have joined in a campaign to raise money for Toby’s treatment – you can read more here. 7.32pm BST Here’s Chris Wilder, who’s in bullish mood ahead of this one:“I’d be a bit embarrassed if my players weren’t up for any game, but this – live on Sky, sold out with 32,000 fans in here, it’s different. In this league, any team can beat any other. Tonight, if we go top, it’s because we’ve done better than anyone else. People say we’re only 14 games in, but we’d rather be in this position than down at the bottom.” 7.11pm BST Thomas Christiansen speaks!“I hope that our performance will be the same as against Bristol City [where Leeds won 3-0]. We know about our opponents, how they play, and will try to combat them in our way. We need a big performance, and a high intensity.” 7.00pm BST Leeds United (4-2-3-1): Lonergan; Ayling, Pennington, Cooper (c), Anita; Vieira, O’Kane; Saiz, Phillips, Alioski; Lasogga.Subs: Wiedwald, Shaughnessy, Jansson, Roofe, Dallas, Hernández, Grot. 5.32pm BST Good evening. This may officially be a second-tier fixture, but by any measure this is a big game. It features two storied Yorkshire sides separated by just 40 miles, with 12 major trophies between them.It’s not just geography and history that make this match significant, but current affairs too. Leeds are fourth in the table, four points behind Sheffield United in third, and events at Elland Road could have a big impact on the promotion race. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian