Leeds United v Fulham: Last five meetings at Elland Road

DECEMBER 2003: Dominic Matteo scores the winner against Fulham at Elland Road.
DECEMBER 2003: Dominic Matteo scores the winner against Fulham at Elland Road.
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Leeds United have enjoyed a mixed set of results in their last five matches with Fulham at Elland Road – winning two, losing two and drawing one. Here’s an in-depth look at those five matches.

Leeds United 1 Fulham 1 – February 23, 2016

Despite being on a run which had seen them win just one Championship match since Christmas, Leeds managed to produce an entertaining display to secure a deserved point against the Cottagers.

Tom Cairney, who spent nine years in Leeds’ Academy, opened the scoring for the away side with a sumptuous volley from the edge of the box, beating an on-looking Marco Silvestri.

Leeds, however, replied with a wonder strike. 19-year-old Lewis Cook took aim from 35 yards and found the top right corner with a goal that head coach Steve Evans labelled as ‘stunning’.

A late opportunity for United to snatch all three points was thwarted as Fernando Amorebieta prevented a counter-attack by handling the ball.

The Venezuelan international subsequently received a second yellow card, but it was too late for the Whites to create another goalscoring chance.

Leeds United 0 Fulham 1 – December 13, 2014

During Neil Redfearn’s second stint in charge of the club, Leeds faced Fulham amid off-the-field rumours that owner Massimo Cellino could step down from his position on the board.

The teams were separated by just one goal, with Hugo Rodallega converting Lasse Vigen Christensen’s cross on the hour mark.

United dominated the game, having 15 shots compared to Fulham’s eight, and Redfearn lambasted his side’s lack of conviction in the attacking areas in his post-match interview.

Leeds United 3 Fulham 2 – December 14, 2003

A late Dominic Matteo goal saw Eddie Gray’s Leeds take all three points in the most recent Premier League meeting of the two sides, despite surrendering a two-goal lead.

Michael Duberry’s first goal in three-and-a-half years gave Leeds the lead going into the break and Mark Viduka gave United a two-goal cushion within minutes of the restart.

Just 70 seconds after Viduka’s goal, Louis Saha responded for the visitors, with the Frenchman’s 25-yard effort sliding beyond the reach of an outstretched Paul Robinson. Fulham, who were in a battle to stay in the top four, continued to apply pressure for the the majority of the second half and their efforts paid off as Saha netted his 10th goal of the season, bringing Fulham level.

Matteo, though, ensured that United would not go into Christmas Day at the foot of the table and scored a scrappy late winner.

Leeds United 2 Fulham 0 – April 22, 2003

Mark Viduka’s brace added to Fulham’s away woes as the Leeds jumped past the Cottagers in the table with a 2-0 win at Elland Road.

Fulham were struggling under the guidance of Jean Tigana and found themselves in a relegation battle for the second consecutive season since their promotion to the Premier League.

Viduka’s double took his personal goals tally for the season onto 19 and United onto 41 points – a total that, prior to the 2002/03 campaign, a side had never been relegated on.

Leeds United 0 Fulham 1 – April 20, 2002

Steed Malbranque’s winner saw Fulham win at Elland Road for the first time since 1966, and dealt a cruel blow to Leeds’ chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

The 22-year-old riffled a low drive in the bottom just seven minutes into the second half as Tigana’s side virtually secured their Premier League status for a second season.

Striker Robbie Keane spurned a first-half chance when one-on-one with Fulham shot-stopper Edwin Van De Sar, and Leeds paid the price for failing to convert chances as Malbranque capitalised on the home side’s failure to avert danger from an in-swinging corner.

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