Leeds United took one step closer to a magical Christmas with a hardly fought victory in the elements against Hull City.
The game started slowly and the homes sides frustration was evident throughout the first quarter of the match, highlighted with several missed passes in the final third.
As the game opened up, Leeds looked the stronger side and nearly saw the opening goal when Helder Costa was sent through on goal but couldn’t apply a finish.
Hull City where then the team to threaten the opening goal when Tom Eaves was unable to convert from a well designed corner, his effort going just wide.
Leeds then took control of the game and came the closest to breaking the deadlock when Pablo Hernandez used some clever skill to find space in the box, but his curling effort was just wide.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were eventually awarded for their efforts with a bit of luck when Pablo Hernandez sent through Helder Costa through, his cross was then sent into the net by a sliding Jordy De Wijs.
Their second goal came about from a wonder save coming from a sprawling Kiko Casilla to pushed a goal bound effort onto Patrick Bamford who then sprinted the entire length of the pitch to latch on to Helder Costa’s gross which crashed against the post.
The rebound found Gjanni Alioski, who’s sprawled shot somehow looped to the back of the net. Sending Leeds players sprinting to their keeper to congratulate his efforts.
A gritty performance from Leeds, who moved to top of the League and an impressive 11 points clear of third places Fulham.
Man of the match: In a game with plenty of effort all round, no player was at the same level as Gaetano Berardi. He made Tom Eaves look his b**** and played out if his skin.
By Ryan Ingham