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Match Recap: Leeds bounce back against West Brom

Gjanni Alioski (with some help from Agent Bartley) scored the only goal as Leeds took all three points under the lights at Elland Road.

Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion - Sky Bet Championship
Over 33.000 supporters packed into the stands tonight. What an atmosphere!
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Leeds United returned to top spot, beating promotion rivals West Brom 1-0 at Elland Road, thanks to Alioski’s deflected strike in the first half.

The Whites started well, keeping much of the possession but had to be patient for a breakthrough. Dallas had a shot blocked at one end before West Brom broke forward, with Robson-Kanu testing Casilla for the first time in the game.

Bamford showed the fans why he’s been starting matches tonight, on 25 minutes, he did brilliantly to hold-up the ball, round his man before winning a free-kick on the edge of the box. Unfortunately, the danger was eventually diverted.

Skipper Liam Cooper hobbled off the pitch having pulled-u on his right Achilles on a West Brom corner kick. Gaetano Berardi replaced him at centre-half.

With 38 minutes on the clock, Leeds pulled ahead. Costa broke away from deep before coming inside and finding Jamie Shackleton. The youngster quickly found Harrison on the corner of the penalty area, who came inside and took too long to get a shot away. However, the loanee did well to hold onto the ball, and eventually released the ball into Alioski whose hit took a crucial deflection off former Leeds loanee, Kyle Bartley, which took the ball into the back of the net.

Leeds came close to doubling the lead on the stroke of half-time, with Harrison’s shot from the edge of the box being latched on to by Bamford on the six yard box, but keeper, Sam Johnstone denied the strike, with Costa unable to beat him either at a tight angle.

In the second half, Roberts replaced an injured Shackleton in midfield, and Leeds lost the control of the game. With chances hard to come by for Leeds in the second 45’. Costa had a half chance with a volley on the edge of the box, with Johnstone parrying away.

Harrison also tested Johnstone from the edge of the box, with West Brom unable to find that final ball playing on the break.

A crucial victory for the Whites, and a clean sheet at Elland Road against the league’s most dangerous team going forward.