Leeds United: QPR trip brings back memories of better times for Whites

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The last time a Neil Warnock managed Queens Park Rangers side played Leeds United, the Rs were handed the Championship trophy.

However, it came at the end of a topsy-turvy day that had began with rumours that QPR were going to be deducted so many points that they were going to miss out on even the play-offs.

QPR also got off to a blistering start in the game, scoring in the opening minute, but ultimately lost 2-1 to the Whites. That result confirmed a seventh place finish for Leeds.

Leeds were the only team to beat QPR both home and away that season in the league, QPR only losing six times in total, and that tie at Elland Road is remembered with particular fondness by Leeds fans.

It came at the end of a run of nine games without defeat in the league for Leeds. United had gone from looking like they may struggle in the second tier to promotion contenders.

Much of the victory could be credited to Max Gradel, who scored both of the goals against the league leaders. The Ivorian was in a hot streak of form after forcing his way back into the first team, and put the ponderous QPR defence to the sword.

Luciano Becchio set up the first, heading down for Gradel to fire home. The second came with 20 minutes to play, Gradel receiving the ball in his own half before driving into the QPR box and firing the ball past future Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

It meant Leeds climbed to second, a position they occupied on Christmas Day and one United are still yet to trump at that stage of the season.

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen. 
(Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe)

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