Leeds United 1 Bristol City 0

Last updated : 24 January 2016 By Press Association

Doukara struck his third goal in four games in the 59th minute to settle a lacklustre contest, enlivened by some intricate footwork from City's own Frenchman Jonathan Kodija.

Chris Wood returned to the Leeds bench after a four-match absence with a hamstring injury and his introduction nine minutes into the second half sparked an improvement. 

Souleymane Doukara celebrates after scoring the game's only goal as Leeds United beat Bristol City
Doukara celebrates his third goal in four matches for Leeds to settle a poor spectacle at Elland Road


Leeds United: Silvestri, Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor, Bridcutt, Murphy (Adeyemi 90+1), Dallas, Cook, Carayol (wood 54), Doukara (Antenucci 86)

Substitutes not used: Bamba, Phillips, Coyle, Peacock-Farrell

Scorer: Doukara 59

Booked: Bellusci, Taylor, Adeyemi, Antenucci

Bristol City: O'Donnell, Ayling, Flint, Baker (Pearce 45), Bryan, Pack (Wilbraham 77), Smith, Burns, Gladwin (Reid 61), Freeman, Kodija

Substitutes not used: Little, Agard, Wagstaff, O'Leary

Booked: Baker, Kodija

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 20,441

Ben Gladwin, signed on loan from QPR this week, made his debut for Bristol but Alex Pearce, on loan from Derby, had to wait until the start of the second half to replace Nathan Baker.

Interim manager John Pemberton, the former Leeds defender, was looking for more league success after City's 1-0 win against Middlesbrough last weekend but apart from Kodija's contribution the first half was almost totally devoid of thrills.

England Under-21 international Baker was fortunate to avoid a card for a cynical late tackle on Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy who was the victim of another trip soon afterwards, but Leeds wasted the resultant free-kicks.

City gave the Leeds crowd a 25th-minute scare when Liam Bridcutt lost possession on his own goal-line and Baker stung Marco Silvestri's hands with a rasping shot from a narrow angle.

Leeds badly needed to increase the tempo but a mixture of their own mistakes and a couple of over-robust tackles, which earned bookings for Baker and Kodija, did nothing to boost the game's entertainment value.

Kodija was an exception to the general lack of quality.

The Frenchman proved a handful for the Leeds defence and City's top scorer headed fractionally wide with Silvestri failing to move a muscle. The lively Kodija then cleverly ghosted past two Leeds defenders inside the penalty box before having his low shot blocked by Silvestri.

Liam Bridcutt of Leeds challenges Bristol City's Ben Gladwin during the contest at Elland Road
Liam Cooper slides in to challenge City's Jonathan Kodija as the visitors go on the attack
City's Alex Pearce rues a missed chance as his team remain in the Championship relegation zone

The interval arrived goalless and both sides' supporters voiced their disapproval.

Leeds hopes rose when their eight-goal top scorer Wood left the bench in place of the ineffective Mustapha Carayol in the 54th minute and five minutes later they were ahead.

Stuart Dallas raided down the right and his low cross cannoned off Wood to Doukara who fired the ball past Richard O'Donnell from close to the penalty spot.

Leeds forward Souleymane Doukara lifts his leg to win the ball ahead of City's Luke Ayling
Alex Pearce gets in a header at goal as Bristol City go on the offensive at Elland Road
Wes Burns of Bristol City challenges Lewis Cook of Leeds close to the touchline

City should have equalised in the 79th minute but Aden Flint somehow contrived to head wide from six yards unchallenged. 

Leeds sent on Mirco Antenucci with four minutes left, as they sought to increase their advantage, but the Italian was immediately involved in an altercation with Luke Ayling and Steve Evans' men had to be content with Doukara's earlier effort.

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