Leeds registered their fifth win out of seven with a 1-0 win over their Humberside neighbours Hull City.
Just like the previous home game with Norwich, it was more the result that counted than the performance. The win leapfrogs Leeds up to fifth place in the Championship.
It was Hull that threatened to put a dint in the recent upturn in defensive performances, Grosicki forcing a superb save from United’s German keeper and the Humberside side continued to put Leeds on their back foot by dominating the midfield area, the home side inability to keep possession of the ball.
The Game’s pivotal moment came just after the half hour mark, Hull keeper McGregor made a complete hash of a clearance which went to Pablo Hernandez, the Spaniard cooly lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the unguarded net.
Alioski nearly doubled the lead when a superb move down the right hand side ended in Cibicki heading down a cross to Alioski, but McGregor made amends for his mistake by saving the winger’s shot. One nil at the break.
The second half was a unremarkable and despite a lot of ‘huff and puff’ from both teams and neither threatened to increase the scoreline. Leeds sent on Lasogga for Roofe to try and introduce fresh legs into their attack, but even that couldn’t conjure up a second goal. Hull fired a few efforts across the Leeds penalty box but all of them didn’t worry Wiedwald.
Without Samuel Siaz the midfield struggled to impose themselves on their opponents and without McGregors mistake and Wiedwald’s excellent save in the first half the game could have ended 0-0.
Leeds move on to Burton Albion on Boxing Day in a confident mood, they need to be mindful of their opponents as they beat Reading 2-1 away on Saturday.
Man of the Match: Felix Wiedwald, important early save.
By Keith Ingham