Huddersfield Town 0 Leeds United 2 - Whites battle to Yorkshire derby spoils with sixth consecutive victory

Gjanni Alioski and Pablo Hernandez bagged for Marcelo Bielsa's men

Saturday, 7th December 2019, 2:32 pm
Gjanni Alioski celebrates at Huddersfield Town.

Leeds United earned a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Saturday lunchtime at the John Smith's stadium.

Marcelo Bielsa made two enforced changes for the short trip across the M62 as Gaetano Berardi and Gjanni Alioski stepped in for the suspended Kalvin Phillips and injured Liam Cooper.

The hosts made the better start to the game as they were roared on by the home crowd with United starting out with three at the back.

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It was Leeds, though, who almost opened the scoring as Mateusz Klich rifled a shot onto the post from a short Pablo Hernandez corner.

The chance seemed to rally the Terriers into action as Kiko Casilla was forced into two good saves by Steve Mounie from set-pieces with the stopper flinging himself to his left to tip one header over the crossbar.

It was a stop-start afternoon for much of the opening period with lots of niggling challenges from either sides holding up play.

Huddersfield again had a glorious chance to open the scoring as Casilla burst off his line to punch the a cross away from danger.

The ball fell to Karlan Grant on the edge of the box who shot but Luke Ayling was on hand to nod the effort over the bar with the goalkeeper stranded with the sides unable to be separated at the break.

It took just six minutes for the game to spring into life after the interval as Alioski thundered a shot through a crowed box and into the net from a corner to spark wild celebrations.

United were buoyed by the strike and went close through Bamford and Hernandez before the former bagged from a rebound but was flagged offside.

The striker again forced Kamil Grabara into a good save before he was replaced by Eddie Nketiah with 15 minutes to go.

Just seconds after the Arsenal loanees introduction Bielsa's side put the game beyond any doubt with a deadly break at pace.

Gaetano Berardi started the move from right-back with Jack Harrison eventually finding the run of Hernandez at the back post who nodded home to hand the Whites a cushion.

Town responded as Mounie again went close with substitute Matty Daly dragged an effort wide of the mark as he turned inside the area.

It was all the hosts could muster as Leeds held on for a sixth consecutive victory in the league which sent them top of the table for 24 hours at least.

Huddersfield Town: Grabara, Hogg, Bacuna, Kachunga, Grant, Koroma, Mounie, Schindler, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Duhaney. Subs: Coleman, Edmonds-Green, Harratt, Daly, High, Austerfield, Jackson.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, Berardi, Alioski, Dallas, White, Klich (Casey 84), Hernandez, Harrison, Costa (Douglas 86), Bamford (Nketiah 76). Subs: Miazek, Hosannah, Gotts, Clarke.