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Becchio on the spot in Leeds win

Leeds United
1 - 0
Bolton Wanderers

Elland Road

01/01/13 3pm

Attendance: 22,381


Leeds United got back to winning ways with a scrappy 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road.

Leeds boss Neil Warnock made four changes to the side that lost 2-0 at Hull City on Saturday with Luciano Becchio and El Hadji Diouf returning to the side.

Captain Lee Peltier also returned to the side after missing the last two games and Rodolph Austin returned to the starting line-up.

Becchio scored the only goal of the game in the second half when he fired home from the penalty spot.

It seemed the sides, like many of the fans, were suffering from a hangover after the previous evening`s celebrations.

Rodolph Austin had Leeds only real effort on goal in the first half when his long-range free kick was deflected wide for a corner.

Chris Eagles went close for the visitors when his effort just clipped the post and the same player forced Paddy Kenny into the first serious save of the afternoon with less than ten minutes left of the first half. Kenny forcing Eagles long-range effort out for a corner.

Leeds rarely threatened in the first half and a Becchio header well off target in the closing minutes of the half summed up the first half performance.

The whites finally started to get going and they won a penalty just past the hour when Ross McCormack was fouled in the area.

Becchio stepped up to send Bogdan the wrong way in the Bolton goal to score his eighteenth of the season.

McCormack then went close to making it 2-0 when he fired over the bar after a sweeping Leeds move.

Leeds were playing better in the second half and Becchio headed over from a corner.

Bolton substitute David Ngog gave Leeds a warning with ten minutes remaining when he should have done better when blazing over the bar.

Ngog then saw claims for a penalty waved away after Alan Tate looked to have fouled him in the area.

It was to prove the final action as Leeds held on for the three points.


Kenny, Byram, Tate, Pearce, Peltier, Green, Norris, Austin, McCormack, Becchio, Diouf (Gray 90)

Subs not used
Ashdown, Lees, Drury, Brown, Somma, Hall

Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ream, Alonso, Pratley (Ngog 68), Andrews, Spearing (Butterfield 79), Eagles, Lee (Afobe 68), Davies

Subs not used
Lonergan, Petrov, Ricketts, Sordell

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Date:Tuesday January 1 2013
Time: 4:59PM

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