Late goals help Leeds overcome Hull to take second


Crysencio Summerville scores the penalty
Crysencio Summerville fought off Joel Piroe to take Leeds United’s late penalty to send them 2-1 up against Hull City

Late goals from Crysencio Summerville and Dan James ensured Leeds United stayed in the Championship’s automatic promotion places after a 3-1 win over Hull City at Elland Road.

Sam Byram headed Leeds ahead early on after Summerville’s shot had been saved, but Hull drew level thanks to an excellent Fabio Carvalho finish.

Leeds missed some excellent chances before the break as Hull posed a threat in the early part of the second half.

Mateo Joseph hit the Hull post with 12 minutes to go before Summerville found the net from the spot after he was fouled by Regan Slater while James sealed victory with a remarkable long range shot.

The win keeps Leeds in second place after leaders Ipswich Town’s late win over Southampton and Leicester City’s victory over Norwich earlier on Easter Monday.

Daniel Farke’s side are a point behind Ipswich and one ahead of Leicester, who have a game in hand.

Hull remain in ninth place and are six points off the play-off spots as their winless run extended to six matches.

Leeds wrapped up the win in emphatic fashion as they worked the ball to James on the counter from a Hull corner, with the Wales international then firing home from just past the halfway line.

Byram started and ended the move that saw him get the opener.

He dispossessed Jaden Philogene on half way before feeding Georginio Rutter, whose wonderful snaking run saw him beat four players in midfield before sending it wide to Summerville whose powerful angled shot could only be parried by Ryan Allsop and Byram charged in to head his second goal of the season.

Patrick Bamford should have doubled the lead midway through the first half but he somehow managed to put James’ low cross from the left over the bar from six yards out.

Hull reasserted themselves as Philogene had an effort blocked before Liverpool loanees Tyler Morton and Carvalho combined as the former’s cross from the left was flicked in by the latter as he got across Ethan Ampaduat the near post.

Having been boosted by the goal Hull would have been behind shortly before the break had Lewie Coyle not deflected the recalled Junior Firpo’s shot over the bar before Allsop produced a fine double save from Rutter from close range in stoppage time.

Dan James scores the winner
Wales’ Dan James put the disappointment of their Euro 2024 exit behind him as he got his third goal in five games for Leeds

Bamford failed to get on the end of an excellent Byram cross soon after the restart before Hull saw Philogene curl a shot just wide and Ozan Tufan flick a header onto the roof on the Leeds net.

Hull were in the ascendency as they spurned another good chance after an hour when Abdolkadir Omur curled an effort just wide after excellent build-up work by Morton in front of an increasingly nervous Elland Road.

But the drama was still to play out as first Joseph clipped the base of the post from six yards after Firpo had cut the ball back to the substitute from the byline.

But just as Leeds fans were thinking their side would be dropping to third place Summerville was clipped by Slater in the box as he drove down the left – and after some discussions with Piroe the Dutch forward calmly side-footed the spot kick down the middle.

Hull piled men forward to try and claim a point, and came close, but with goalkeeper Allsop upfield for the corner when Leeds broke away Wales forward James was able to curl in from the right touchline just inside the Hull half into the unguarded net.

It sealed a win that will boost the hosts’ belief and be a blow to Leicester and Ipswich who will have thought their promotion rivals had dropped points having seen their sides both come from behind to earn victories earlier in the day.

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 25ByramSubstituted forShackletonat 90+5′minutes
  • 14Rodon
  • 4Ampadu
  • 3FirpoBooked at 27mins
  • 22Gray
  • 8KamaraSubstituted forPiroeat 84′minutes
  • 20James
  • 24Rutter
  • 10SummervilleBooked at 89minsSubstituted forAnthonyat 90+4′minutes
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forJosephat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Cresswell
  • 6Cooper
  • 7Piroe
  • 12Anthony
  • 17Shackleton
  • 28Darlow
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 49Joseph
  • 50Crew

Hull

Formation 4-4-2

  • 17Allsop
  • 27Slater
  • 2CoyleSubstituted forChristieat 82′minutes
  • 5Jones
  • 3GilesSubstituted forJacobat 58′minutes
  • 50Ömür
  • 15Morton
  • 24SeriBooked at 70mins
  • 23Philogene
  • 45Carvalho
  • 7TufanBooked at 54minsSubstituted forZarouryat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McLoughlin
  • 9Ohio
  • 10Traoré
  • 12Sharp
  • 29Jacob
  • 30Pandur
  • 33Christie
  • 44Connolly
  • 47Zaroury

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