Leeds United went into the match looking to stay on top of the league while a win for Blackburn Rovers would give the visitors an unlikely double over Leeds. Leeds were coming off of an amazing 3-2 win over Aston Villa that featured a fightback from 2-0 down at half time, including a remarkable stoppage time winner from Kemar Roofe. Blackburn had lost at home to Norwich City, the team that is currently chasing Leeds on top of the Championship.
Leeds were the dominant side in the first half, putting a lot of pressure on Blackburn, although Leeds seemed to be lacking in the final touch to put the ball into the back of the net. Bailey Peacock-Farrell also put Leeds in some unnecessary pressure, but that’s to be expected at this point from the young keeper.
And, naturally, it wouldn’t be a Leeds player that opened the scoring, as Derrick Williams scored a brilliant own-goal for Leeds. It was questionable as to what exactly Williams was intending on doing exactly, as you wouldn’t have wished for a better move from a striker in that position. Leeds might’ve been a bit fortunate to get the own goal, but such is life and it did truly reward the better team.
OFF THE BAR: Douglas ball runs to Alioski who curls a lovely finish with his left-foot - Raya beaten but comes back off the bar. Roofe and Harrison can't stick inn the rebound. 1-0 on 37 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 26, 2018
Leeds had some more good chances on net a few minutes later, with the crossbar being a harsh mistress for Gjanni Alioski’s good shot. Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison couldn’t stick it home, and perhaps the missed chance was some sort of cosmic justice for the earlier own goal.
Few standout stats from the first half:— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 26, 2018
Luke Ayling completed 28/29 passes in the first half.
Kalvin Phillips made more touches (60) than any other player.
Mateusz Klich made more ball recoveries (6) than any other player. #MOT
Leeds were the far better side in the first half, dominating possession and most of the stats, and leading in the only department that really mattered, the score. Even Pontus Jansson looked extremely comfortable in possession, making a couple of defenders look rather silly by making a cheeky turn on the ball.
Late sliding foul from Ayling on Danny Graham, catches him late as Graham flicked the ball past him. Crowd don't like that but looked like the right call. 47th minute. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 26, 2018
And of course, Leeds fans can’t have nice things and Blackburn were awarded a penalty only a few minutes into the second half. The call seemed to take both sides by surprise, but the referee seemed certain and Charlie Mulgrew put the spot-kick past Peacock-Farrell.
Jack Clarke made his usual second-half appearance in the 60th minute, coming on for Harrison. Harrison put in a decent performance today, and it was his cross/shot that Williams scored his own goal from.
CHANCE: Big one for Blackburn. Harrison Reid finds himself in space on the right, he crosses into Armstrong whose shot from close range hits Phillips in front of goal. At the other end, two crosses fly just in front of Roofe. 1-1 on 67 mins. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 26, 2018
Leeds and Blackburn traded a few chances around the 67th minute and once again, Leeds went close a few times as the team tried to play themselves into the lead. Luke Ayling came off for Jamie Shackleton and there were some significant shouts for a handball against Blackburn, as Corry Evans seemed to put his arm out to stop Pablo Hernandez’s shot, but nothing was given.
Leeds continued to dial up the pressure in the rest of the half, with Leeds looking to put another ball into the back of the net while Blackburn looked to sit back and be content to simply absorb the pressure, holding on for a draw and looking to hit Leeds on the counter.
A bad one for Peacock-Farrell. Mulgrew smashes the free-kick from a long way out, BPF is slow to get across and can only push it into the net. 1-2 on 90+1. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 26, 2018
And hit they did.
After Kalvin Phillips got a yellow card for a foul, Mulgrew put in a free kick from approximately 8765 yards out that Peacock-Farrell absolutely did poorly to deal with, allowing Blackburn to take the lead in the 90th minute.
And then, of course, you can’t make this up.
Kemar Roofe scored a scrappy goal less than a minute later and then, AT THE DEATH, Kemar Roofe scored ANOTHER winner.
This is remarkable stuff. You can’t make it up. Right now, if someone put this in a script and tried to sell it, it’d be thrown in a bin and the writer would be escorted out of the building. This is madness. Seven match winning streak. How.
All Leeds Aren’t We.