Leeds United 2 Sheffield United 1: Whites cut down Blades to move into top half

LEEDS United moved into the Premier League's top half as a Jack Harrison strike and Phil Jagielka own goal sealed a 2-1 victory against Sheffield United at Elland Road.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 5:03 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 5:04 pm

Harrison tapped home from close range in the 12th minute from Raphina's cross after a fine ball from Stuart Dallas but the Blades levelled through Ben Osborn in first half stoppage time.

But Leeds went back ahead four minutes after the restart when Jagielka turned Harrison's searching cross into his own net for what proved the winning goal.

Tyler Roberts earned Leeds a free-kick on the edge of the box inside ten seconds but Raphinha curled his effort over the bar.

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SIMPLE: Leeds United take the lead through Jack Harrison's easy finish. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

A Raphinha clearance to a Blades cross then flew narrowly wide at the other end a few minutes later but only a flying save from Aaron Ramsdale kept out an opportunist drive from Kalvin Phillips.

Ramsdale then beat away a shot from Stuart Dallas that was flying towards the top corner but Leeds went ahead in the 12th minute as Raphinha raced to the byline and supplied a cross that left Jack Harrison with a tap in.

Leeds were dominating but David McGoldrick curled a decent effort wide though back came Leeds as a Gjanni Alioski shot was blocked.

A fine flick from Roberts then played in Harrison whose shot towards the far post was turned wide by Ramsdale.

A decent Blades move then ended with the ball flashing across the box before a Roberts drive flew wide shortly before the interval.

But Paul Heckingbottom's side drew level in the second minute of first-half stoppage time when Oli McBurnie's strike was blocked into the path of Osborn whose strike just crossed the line despite Luke Ayling's attempts to clear.

The Blades had the first attempt of the second half as McGoldrick cut inside and fired wide but Leeds went back in front four minutes after the restart when Harrison's cross was diverted past Ramsdale by Jagielka for an own goal.

A beautiful curled effort from Stuart Dallas then clipped the junction of crossbar and post and Bamford's shot from a tight angle was kept out by a great save by Ramsdale.

The Blades refused to throw in the towel and a decent block from Luke Ayling was needed to keep out an attempt from Jayden Bogle.

Dallas almost made it 3-1 when firing wide in the 81st minute but back came the Blades as Rhian Brewster flashed a powerful effort the wrong side of the post before Oliver Burke dragged a shot just wide.

But Harrison then fired wide in stoppage time and Leeds were good value for a victory which took them on to 42 points and into tenth, one place above Aston Villa who host Fulham on Sunday afternoon.

Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Dallas (Koch 90), Raphinha, Harrison, Roberts (Klich 82), Bamford (Rodrigo 65). Subs: Casilla, Struijk, Shackleton, Costa, Poveda, Hernandez.

Sheffield United: Ramsdale, Bogle (Brewster 73), Baldock (Ampadu 45), Jagielka, Osborn, Stevens, Norwood (Burke 65), Fleck, Lundstram, McGoldrick, McBurnie (Egan 77). Subs not used: Foderingham, Lowe, Mousset, Bryan, Ndiaye.

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