Leeds United are back on top of the Championship table, beating Swansea City 2-1 in front of 34,000 at Elland Road. The goals came from birthday boy Pontus Jansson and winger Jack Harrison before former Leeds academy player Oli McBurnie converted from the penalty spot late-on.
Leeds started steadily and grew quickly into the match, with Leeds up against a deep-lying Swansea team. Sixteen minutes in and there was a huge penalty shout with Patrick Bamford practically rugby tackled inside the penalty area by Carter-Vickers, but the referee waved away. Pontus Jansson scored soon after, with twenty minutes on the clock as the ball is whipped in from the corner kick and met the head of Bamford. The ball eventually popped up for Alioski to hit, deflecting into the path of the Swede who spun his foot through the ball and found the bottom left corner. Some way to celebrate a birthday.
Swansea came close on half an hour, with a well worked free-kick ending in Barrie McKay’s ball across goal being left untouched as Van Der Hoorn slid in but couldn’t make contact. Jack Harrison, who had one of his better performances tonight, scored his third of the season. A fanastic header by the front post, assisted by Alioski’s cross from the left side. Bamford came close as the game neared half-time, while Swansea came close with former loanee Matt Grimes coming close from a deflected free-kick early in the second half. Leeds kept pushing for a third, with Roofe and Bamford providing a threat. Casilla performed excellently tonight with several saves in the second half denying Swansea any way in. However, a penalty was awarded with a few minutes to go, put away by McBurnie. Though we see the incident and it was a strange one between Asoro and Ayling. The Whites survived and picked up all three points, sending Leeds back on top. Fourteen finals to go.