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Leeds United 0 - 1 Fulham: United drop to 19th

A tepid Leeds side failed to pose much of a threat after going down in the 60th minute, thanks to a goal from Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega.

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In Ross McCormack's first match at Elland Road since his £11 million transfer to Craven Cottage over the summer, the Scot captained Fulham to victory as they rebounded from a 5-0 loss against Watford last week. After a hard-fought first half, the Whites conceded a preventable goal off of a throw-in that saw them drop as far as 19th in the Championship table.

With Giuseppe Bellusci missing his second consecutive game as a result of a hamstring injury, Neil Redfearn made no changes from the side that lost to Ipswich last week.

Leeds seemed to have an attacking edge at the start, creating two chances early on through Sam Byram. A constant presence on the right hand side, the youth academy product found himself free in the box with only thirteen minutes on the clock, but fired inches wide of Gabor Kiraly's goal.

Several minutes later, Byram created the Whites' best chance as swung in a cross to Alex Mowatt. The midfielder outjumped several Fulham defenders and headed off the cross bar, before seeing his shot ultimately kept away by Kiraly.

McCormack looked to get on the score sheet soon after. Chasing a long ball, the former Leeds man looked to be in on goal before he lost his balance and Liam Cooper cleared.

With everything still to play for after the break, Fulham came out the better side. Knocking the ball around more effectively than they had been in the first half, the Cottagers capitalized on nervous defending and sloppy giveaways from Leeds.

Having earned a throw-in, Lasse Vigen Christensen collected the throw on his chest and dribbled past a passive Tomasso Bianchi before crossing to an open Rodallega. The striker calmly one-timed his shot from the six-yard box to give Fulham the lead at the hour mark.

The goal prompted the insertion of Billy Sharp for Souleymane Doukara, who offered little in terms of creativity in the attack. Sharp livened things, crossing to an open Adryan but the Brazilian mistimed his header and could not connect properly.

Leeds failed to create any dangerous chances after, instead gifting possession to the visitors often. The loss made the 2-0 victory against third-place Derby seem like more of a fluke. The Whites have a tough chance at redemption next week, travelling to play ninth-place Nottingham Forest. Forest are unbeaten in their last five, but Leeds will desperately want the three points as they are uncomfortably close to the relegation zone.

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