Leeds United 1 Ipswich Town: 0 Wood fires Whites to fourth-straight win and top half

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CHRIS Wood’s seventh goal of the season gave Leeds United a 1-0 victory at home to Championship visitors Ipswich Town as the Whites made it four successive wins for the first time since 2009-2010.

The Whites were full value for their triumph and moved 12th in the table as Wood nodded home a fine cross from Charlie Taylor ten minutes before the break.

After an even beginning, Leeds had the first attempt on goal after four minutes when Hadi Sacko came forward before ballooning his effort well high and wide.

A third-minute Ipswich corner had earlier been cleared.

And Leeds then went mightily close to taking a tenth-minute lead when Wood produced a fine run down the left flank before cutting inside and launching a low effort that cannoned back off the right hand post.

Another Ipswich corner was then dealt with but a 15th-minute Ipswich free-kick then led to a deflected volley from Cole Skuse trickling just wide with Rob Green beaten.

Christophe Berra headed over from the resulting corner.

Green’s poor clearance then presented Ipswich with a potentially dangerous throw but Leeds cleared and countered through the lively Sacko who played in Pablo Hernandez whose low cross sailed behind.

Ipswich then lost Bret Pitman to injury after 25 minutes, calling for the introduction of Leon Best.

The visitors then threatened just before the half hour mark with an inviting cross from Grant Ward but Jonathan Douglas failed to connect with a difficult volley.

But Leeds were looking the more likely to bag the game’s opening goal and the Whites made a deserved breakthrough after 35 minutes when in-form Wood bagged his seventh goal of the campaign.

Another Leeds break saw the ball played out to Charlie Taylor to the left hand side of the area and the full back dinked in a lovely cross that was met by Wood who calmly nodded home from close range.

Ipswich offered little response and five minutes before the break, Wood produced a lovely turn before firing over.

Ipswich’s first half display was summed up by Tom Lawrence’s 44th-minute free kick which was a complete waste and sailed out of play for a goal kick.

United then ended the half by forcing two corners, with another effort from Wood deflected just wide before Hernandez curled a shot over.

After a quiet start to the second half, Ipswich had the chance to counter attack through Grant Ward but he misplaced his pass to Best and the chance was wasted.

But Leeds continued to dominate and after a low curling effort from Hernandez was smothered, the same player then produced a fine pass to Wood who forced a save from Bartosz Bialkowski with his legs.

It then should have been curtains for Ipswich just after the hour mark when Wood’s shot was deflected to the unmarked Sacko inside the area but the winger lashed wide from point-blank range.

Ipswich then just about dealt with two Leeds corners, after which Sacko chose the wrong option with a misplaced pass from a dangerous Whites counter attack.

A 70th-minute Kalvin Phillips free-kick was then brilliantly tipped over the bar by Bialkowski before a Hernandez free-kick was smashed into the wall from similar range.

Prior to the set piece, Whites head coach Garry Monk brought on Kemar Roofe for Sacko who left the pitch to huge applause.

But 1-0 remained a precarious lead and United were relieved when Jonas Knudsen’s low effort was deflected behind for a corner which was cleared.

Monk then brought on Alex Mowatt for Hernandez who also left the field to a warm applause with eight minutes left.

A poor clearance from Bialkowski then offered Wood an opening but the striker’s low shot was easily saved.

Monk then made his final change in bringing on Matt Grimes for Dallas who also left the pitch to a warm reception.

Ipswich were then handed a potential lifeline when Phillips fouled Tom Lawrence on the edge of the area but Freddie Sears ballooned his free-kick into the South Stand.

An 89th-minute Knudsen long throw also caused trouble but after two shots from Lawrence and Bru, Green eventually smothered.

United then had to see out three minutes of injury time and did so without alarm thanks to some smart running from Eunan O’Kane and safe hands at the other end from Green.

Leeds United: Green, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley (c), Taylor, Phillips, O’Kane, Hernandez (Mowatt 82), Dallas (Grimes 86), Sacko (Roofe 78), Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Grimes, Antonsson.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Webster (Emmanuel 55), Chambers (c), Knudsen, Berra, Skuse, Ward (Bru 75), Douglas, Sears, Pitman (Best 25), Lawrence. Subs not used: Gerken, Dozzell, Grant, Kenlock.

Referee: Stephen Martin.

Attendance: 22,554 (902 Ipswich).


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