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Diouf double inspires Leeds

Bristol City
2 - 3
Leeds United

Ashton Gate

29/09/12 3pm

Attendance: 15,692

Referee:

Leeds United made it three wins in a week, with a 3-2 win at Ashton Gate against Bristol City.

After a fairly forgettable first half, two goals from El Hadji Diouf and a first for the club from Michael Tonge helped Leeds secure the three points in the second half.

Albert Adomah had cancelled out Diouf`s opener and a late consolation goal when Rodolph Austin headed into his own goal could not deny Leeds the three points.

Leeds boss Neil Warnock was boosted by the return of goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and Captain Lee Peltier, who both missed the midweek win over Everton and there was also a return on the bench for David Norris after he had missed the last four games through injury.

The first half saw the home side rarely testing Kenny in the Leeds goal, with most of their efforts from distance and straight at the Leeds stopper.

Leeds best chance of the first half fell to Aidy White but he scuffed his shot and it was easy for Tom Heaton in the City goal.

Referee Stuart Attwell played four minutes of injury time at the end of the first half after City defender George Elokobi suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle in an innocuous incident.

You knew it was a bad one because almost every player walked away from the area of the incident and Leeds boss Neil Warnock was seen calling for a stretcher moments after the incident despite being a long way from the incident.

Leeds started the second half on the front foot and Rodolph Austin had two great chances in the space of a couple of minutes.

Firstly, he saw a header came back off the crossbar and then a bullet header forced a good save from Heaton.

Sam Byram was causing City problems down the right side and City defender Joe Bryan was booked for a poor challenge after one marauding run from the Leeds youngster.

It wasn`t long before Byram once again was causing problems and this time his inch perfect cut back found Diouf who picked his spot for the opening goal.

The lead lasted only seven minutes when Richard Foster was allowed to cross a ball into the box and Adomah made no mistake with a bullet header.

Leeds responded and a drilled shot from Austin stung the hands of Heaton.

Michael Tonge was then unlucky when he had a goal ruled out for something only the referee Stuart Attwell saw, who was once again having an inept performance.

Leeds didn`t have to wait long though to regain the lead when Diouf once again found himself in space to pick his spot after a knock down by Luciano Becchio.

Tonge then gave Leeds a two-goal cushion when he cut inside before unleashing a fierce drive from the edge of the area to give Heaton no chance.

With six minutes of added time to play, Austin headed into his own goal from a corner to give City a lifeline.

Leeds managed to run down the clock in the closing minutes with Andy Gray and El Hadji Diouf working well in the corner.

A great win for Leeds that sees them climb to ninth but just three points off the top of the table.

Leeds now face two games in the next week before the international break, starting with a trip to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.


Teams

Bristol City
Heaton, Foster, J.Wilson, Fontaine, Elokobi (Bryan 43/Carey 61), Adomah, Kilkenny, Pearson, Woolford, Taylor, Stead (Baldock 64).

Subs not used
Gerken, Davies, Morris, Elliott

Leeds
Kenny, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Byram, Austin, Brown, Tonge, White, Diouf Becchio (Gray 89)

Subs not used
Ashdown, Drury, Varney, Pugh, Norris, Poleon



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Writer:Dazza71
Date:Saturday September 29 2012
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