Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Whites get back to winning ways.

Sky Bet Championship 

Leeds United 2 (Ekuban 4, Hernandez 50) Bolton Wanderers 1 (Le Fondre 53)

A goal at the start of each half from Caleb Ekuban and Pablo Hernandez was enough to see off Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road, in front of the biggest crowd of the season.

Head coach Paul Heckingbottom made two changes in personal from the defeat against Sheffield Wednesday with Ronaldo Vieira and Pierre-Michel Lassoga returning to the starting line-up.

Leeds had the first sight of goal inside two minutes when Caleb Ekuban intercepted a loose back pass and played in Ezjgan Alioski, only for Alioski to curl over the bar.

Leeds took the lead two minutes later when a Pierre-Michel Lasogga cross fell to Caleb Ekuban, who fired home.

Bolton came close to equalising from a corner, however Jan Kirchoff could only head off target for the Trotters.

Lasogga  then had the chance to make it two, Alioski made a great run and put in a good cross, but the German at full stretch couldn’t direct his volley on goal.

Alioski had a great chance to make it two when he latched onto a magnificent through ball from Hernandez, only to shoot just wide.

On the stroke of half time, Pontus Jansson almost doubled United’s lead, but his header from an Alioski corner hit the crossbar.

Half Time: Leeds United 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Hernandez had the first chance of the second period when he latched onto a fine tee up from Alioski and stung the hands of Ben Alnwick.

Leeds made it two five minutes into the second period, Alioski fired from range and saw his effort saved by Alnwick, but the rebound fell to Hernandez, who showed great control before slotting home.

Bolton pulled one back in the 53rd minute when Adam Le Fondre met a Sammy Ameobi free kick with a powerful header.

Ameobi then came close to leveling just a minute later, he saw an effort from the edge of the box fly just inches wide.

Will Buckley really should have made it 2-2, when he met Jon Flanagan’s cross eight yards out, but he put his header wide of the Leeds goal.

Stuart Dallas then picked out Ekuban with a great through ball, he brought the ball down with his chest, before firing on goal, but Alnwick made a brilliant save.

Leeds had chances to seal it late on, Matthew Pennington headed over a free-kick from Hernandez, whilst Ekuban was once again denied by Alnwick when through on goal, but the two strikes proved to be enough to give Leeds a second win of 2018.

Full Time: Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

 

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Berardi, Jansson, Pennington, Dallas, Vieira, O’Kane, Hernandez, Alioski (Grot 82), Lasogga (Saiz 62), Ekuban. Subs not used: Lonergan, Anita, Cibicki, Phillips, Pearce.

Bolton: Alnwick, A Taylor (Clough 88), Vela, Le Fondre, Ameobi, Buckley, (Morais 66), Flanagan, Derik, Kirchhoff, (Wilbraham 74), Burke. Subs not used: Howard, Little, Karacan, Wheater

 

Referee: G Eltringham

Booked: Dallas, Jansson (Leeds United), Wilbraham, Osede (Bolton Wanderers)

Attendance: 35,377 (2,480 Bolton Wanderers fans)

Venue: Elland Road