Blackburn Rovers 0 Leeds United O: Whites rue wasted chance at Rovers

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NEIL Warnock kept faith with an unchanged line-up as Leeds United looked to give their season another shot in the arm at Blackburn Rovers.

United had most of the play at Ewood Park but were left to rue missed chances on another frustrating afternoon.

United’s first-half dominance extended into the second period and Ross McCormack wasted a glaring chance to open the scoring when Colin Kazim-Richards was caught in possession.

Steve Morison fed the ball to McCormack who found himself with only Jake Kean to beat but he took a touch before dragging a shot wide of the goalkeeper’s right-hand post.

Rovers struggled to shake off their nerves and a weak backpass from Grant Hanley threatened to allow McCormack in again in the 50th minute but Lee Peltier almost gifted the hosts the opening goal 10 minutes later.

The defender mis-kicked a backpass to Danny Murphy whose through ball put Jordan Rhodes clear. The striker hit the side-netting with a low strike from 18 yards, letting Leeds off the hook.

But United continued to do most of the pressing and Sam Byram nodded Michael Tonge’s corner wide as another chance presented itself with 20 minutes to play.

Hanley, meanwhile, narrowly avoided turning a McCormack cross into his own net while Bentley fired a half-chance high into the crowd.

Luke Varney had a late opportunity to snatch victory but scuffed a close-range shot into the hands of a relieved Kean and Kenny’s low save denied Rhodes at the death.

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