Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 0 - Luke Ayling bags stunner as Whites go top with Terriers victory

Leeds United earned a Yorkshire derby victory over Huddersfield Town

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 7th March 2020, 4:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 7th March 2020, 4:57 pm
Leeds United's Luke Ayling scores at Elland Road. (Image: Getty)
Leeds United's Luke Ayling scores at Elland Road. (Image: Getty)

Luke Ayling scored a stunning goal at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon as Leeds United toppled Huddersfield Town 2-0 to hit the Championship's top spot.

Marcelo Bielsa was forced into one change as Kalvin Phillips dropped out of the squad due to a knee injury.

Gaetano Berardi stepped in with Ben White moving into midfield in his absence and United began the afternoon just like they did seven days prior.

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Luke Ayling once again opened the scoring as he thundered an unstoppable volley home inside three minutes from a Jack Harrison cross.

Luck played a part in the full-back's opening strike at Hull City but his goal in LS11 this time around stunned those watching on as the ball crashed the underside of the bar and found the back of the net.

United pushed on but the game became open as the visitors went in search of a leveller after the early setback.

It took Danny Cowley's men until the 20th minute to work a meaningful shot on goal as Trevoh Chalobah burst into the box but he could only drill an effort straight at Illan Meslier.

Leeds enjoyed two more big chances before the half-time interval as Ayling swung in a ball to Harrison in a bid to return the favour but the Man City loanee could only fire his volley inches past the post.

Ben White then glanced a header wide from a free-kick by the winger as a half that saw four bookings was brought to a close.

The hosts started the second period on the front foot and made their afternoon's work a little easier through Patrick Bamford.

Pablo Hernandez whipped in a curling free-kick six minutes after the break which White leapt highest to power a header on goal.

Jonas Lossl was equal to it for Town but Bamford was on hand to tap home the rebound as Elland Road erupted to celebrate his first goal in eight games.

Harrison then smashed the visitors post from outside the box as Bielsa's men attempted to press home their dominance.

Town did show signs of life as Lewis O'Brien fired wide but United were cruising as Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton were introduced.

Leeds survived an injury-time penalty shout as skipper Liam Cooper brought down Richard Stearman inside the box but referee Oliver Langford waved away the appeals.

Two goals, though, were to be enough in front of the highest crowd of the season so far at Elland Road as United earned the spoils in the Yorkshire derby to hit the summit of the Championship table.

Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, Berardi, Cooper, Dallas, White, Costa, Klich (Shackleton 83), Hernandez, Harrison (Alioski 90), Bamford (Roberts 78). Subs: Caprile, Struijk, Casey.

Huddersfield Town: Lossl, Simpson, Stearman, Schindler, Toffolo, Chalobah, O'Brien, Willock (Pritchard 67), Smith Rowe (Bacuna 72), Grant, Campbell (Mounie 60). Subs: Coleman, Kachunga, Stankovic, King.

Attendance: 36,514