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Leeds United v Fulham Live Commentary, 23/10/2022

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2 - 3
LEE
FUL
Rodrigo (20)
C. Summerville (90+1)
A. Mitrović (26)
B. De Cordova-Reid (74)
Willian (84)
Elland Road

Commentary

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A sorry loss, Leeds' fourth in a row, sees them slump into the bottom three following 4-0 wins by both Leicester and Aston Villa in corresponding fixtures. It's looking grim for Leeds, but for Fulham, things couldn't be rosier, with the Cottagers now up to seventh in the table. Marco Silva's men are now just three points off the Champions League places, and are certainly punching above their weight in their first season back in the top-flight.
An absolute warrior across all areas of the pitch for Fulham, Harrison Reed made crucial interventions in both attack and defence. He had a shot on target, and set up Willian's game-sealing goal with one of three key passes, the assist also coming after a mazy run in Leeds' box. He passed eight times in the final third, put in four crosses, and won nine of 11 duels. In defence, he won possession six times, including via three tackles and two clearances, as well as winning two free-kicks. Cog.
It's all over, and Fulham come away from Elland Road with all three points!!! Leeds created numerous chances throughout the half, but weren't clinical enough to take any, and lackadaisical defending cost them once more as De Cordova-Reid headed in 16 minutes from time!!! Willian slid in to rub salt into Leeds' wounds with another goal late on, and despite Summerville squeezing home a consolation for the Peacocks, it wasn't enough to prevent a fourth straight defeat. The visitors were deserving of their win thanks to their clinical taking of chances, but a dark cloud hangs over both Elland Road, and the future of Jesse Marsch.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 2-3 FULHAM.
90' + 4' Fulham come away with the ball and Pereira looks for Kebano, but it's across the substitute and goes out for a throw.
Carlos Vinícius
A. Mitrović
Fulham
90' + 3' Fulham make more changes to take up time, and Mitrovic is withdrawn for Carlos Vinicius up front.
T. Cairney
H. Reed
Fulham
90' + 2' Reed also comes off, and ex-Leeds academy product Tom Cairney will see out the game in his place.
J. Gelhardt
Assist
Leeds United
90' + 1' A goal created from the drive and creativity of Gelhardt, and can the substitute inspire Leeds once again following that assist?
C. Summerville
Goal
Leeds United
90' + 1' GOOOOOAAALLL!!!! Leeds have pulled one back!!! Gelhardt drives forward and plays a one-two with Bamford. He squeezes it through to Summerville, who prods the ball beyond an onrushing Leno, and it rolls into the net to make it 3-2!!! Can Leeds go one better here?
90' We'll play three more minutes of added time, and will Leeds be able to put at least one goal back?
S. Duffy
Willian
Fulham
89' Willian's first goal for the Cottagers looks to have put the game beyond Leeds' reach, and Shane Duffy comes on for him to ensure Leeds don't pull a goal back.
88' CHANCE!!! Ayling drills a cross into the box, and Bamford stretches for it but can't quite get contact on the ball!
87' Summerville drives forward for Leeds and feeds Harrison to his left. He crosses early for Bamford, but it's nowhere near the striker and Fulham clear.
86' Harrison retreats to left-back, and Kebano runs right past him into the box, with Summerville having to race back to knock the ball behind for a corner.
J. Gelhardt
P. Struijk
Leeds United
85' Struijk is withdrawn late on by Marsch, with Joe Gelhardt coming on for the last few minutes.
H. Reed
Assist
Fulham
84' The work from Reed there was simply exceptional, and he provides one hell of an assist for Willian to seal the win here!
Willian
Goal
Fulham
84' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! That should do it!!! Reed steps past Koch in the box, and cuts the ball back across goal, with Willian stretching across to slide the ball into the bottom corner!!! 3-1 to Fulham with just over five minutes remaining, and that will see off Leeds, and might just see off Jesse Marsch too!!
83' Aaronson has created a whopping seven chances in this game, and is the only Leeds player to have made more than a sole key pass.
82' Aaronson sets up Cooper to shoot from the edge of the box, but once again Adarabioyo gets in the way to block the effort once more!
81' CHANCE!!! The corner bounces out to Ayling, who smashes a half-volley towards goal, but the ball hits Struijk on its way and ricochets away from the target!
81' Ayling's cross from the byline is arced towards Bamford, but Adarabioyo gets ahead of him to head the ball over his own crossbar!
80' Pereira has doubled his assists tally for the season in this game, with his two crosses for Fulham's goals taking him to four - more than any other Cottagers player so far this campaign.
78' Summerville races onto a pass in behind the defence from Ayling, but it's too long for him to keep in play and Fulham will get the ball back.
M. Klich
S. Greenwood
Leeds United
76' Greenwood's done well in the centre of midfield, and Marsch brings him off for Mateusz Klich, who has been a source of late goals for Leeds in past seasons.
Andreas Pereira
Assist
Fulham
74' Another peach of a ball in from Pereira, picking out the unmarked De Cordova-Reid, and he's produced both of Fulham's goals to turn this game around!
B. De Cordova-Reid
Goal
Fulham
74' GOOOOAAALLL!!! Fulham get their noses in front!!! The initial corner is cleared, but Pereira crosses back into the box. The unmarked De Cordova-Reid meets it at the front post, and it's another glancing header across Meslier and into the far corner!!! Two awful pieces of defending from Leeds have yielded two goals, and that one from their makeshift right-back puts them 2-1 in front!
73' Reed crosses early once more and finds Mitrovic inside the box, but his effort on goal is blocked behind by Ayling in cover!
73' Bamford has scored in all four of his league games against Fulham for Leeds. The last Whites player to score in five consecutive league matches against an opponent was Jermaine Beckford against Hartlepool, who scored five in League One between 2007 and 2009.
71' Summerville picks up the ball in his own half and drives forward, playing a one-two with Aaronson. He gets beyond De Cordova-Reid, but Adarabioyo arrives and brings him down for a Leeds free-kick.
70' Mitrovic is free in the box again from the free-kick, and climbs high to head his effort way over the bar!
69' Kebano backs into Struijk near the right-hand corner flag and goes to ground, winning a free-kick. Replays show that the Fulham substitute actually initiated the contact, and this is a chance Leeds can't afford to concede from!
68' Aaronson attracts three Fulham defenders before teeing up Ayling, whose low, inviting cross is snatched upon by Leno!
66' SAVED!!!! Aaronson puts Bamford in behind the defence and the striker looks to beat Leno with a low shot to his left, but the Fulham keeper parries and it rolls behind for a Leeds corner!
65' Summerville dribbles into space down the left and looks to tee up Aaronson, but his pass is a touch behind the American and Fulham clear their lines.
C. Summerville
L. Sinisterra
Leeds United
64' Sinisterra has been the Whites' most creative outlet along with Aaronson, but is carrying a knock and comes off for Crysencio Summerville.
P. Bamford
Rodrigo
Leeds United
64' Leeds also make their first changes, with goalscorer Rodrigo coming off for Patrick Bamford.
N. Kebano
H. Wilson
Fulham
63' Wilson comes off in Fulham's first change, and is replaced by the man he replaced in the starting XI, Neeskens Kebano.
63' SAVED!!! Aaronson creates space on the edge of the box and lays it off for Greenwood, whose low shot from 20 yards is held by Leno!
A. Robinson
Yellow Card
Fulham
62' Robinson looks to contest a 50-50 with Greenwood, but arrives significantly later and catches the Leeds midfielder, and is booked for the challenge.
61' Mitrovic stands up two defenders before finding Reed, who drills the ball into the centre of the box. Wilson meets it, but his attempted shot is blocked by Ayling!
61' De Cordova-Reid looks to play in Wilson down the byline, but Cooper gets across for Leeds to hook the ball out for a throw-in.
59' WIDE!!! Fulham break at speed and Pereira plays Palhinha through on goal, but pressure from Ayling forces the Portuguese midfielder to drag his shot well wide!
58' Roca's wide ball to Ayling is headed back by Rodrigo, and Ayling tees up Harrison to shoot, but the winger's effort is blocked by Ream!
57' CHANCE!!! A poor pass out from Leno is snatched upon by Aaronson, but Palhinha gets a crucial touch to send it back to his goalkeeper, and Leno gathers before Rodrigo can pounce!
56' WIDE!!! After a foul on Sinisterra, Roca takes the free-kick early and finds Ayling on the run down the right. He chests it inside and shoots on his left, smashing the ball low and just wide of Leno's left post!
55' A good dummy from Aaronson almost sees him bypass Palhinha, but the Fulham man slides in with a challenge to win the ball back for the Cottagers.
53' Fulham have won just one of their last 10 Premier League away games, beating Nottingham Forest 3-2 last month. The Cottagers have conceded at least twice in each of their last four on the road.
51' Good play from Leeds as Sinisterra feeds Harrison. He crosses to the front post, where Rodrigo arrives to send a half-volley wide of the target!
51' Reed gets away from Struijk down the right and crosses early for Mitrovic, but Meslier comes out to catch the ball and snuffs out the chance.
49' OVER!!!! Sinisterra intercepts a poor Mitrovic pass and finds Aaronson in the box. He turns onto his right foot, but can only curl his shot beyond Leno and over the bar!
48' SAVED!!!! Aaronson intercepts De Cordova-Reid's clearance and finds Rodrigo, who steps beyond the Fulham right-back before firing a shot on the angle, straight into the gloves of Leno!!!
47' CHANCE!!! Robinson has space to run into down the left and does so, before crossing to Pereira. He's dispossessed, but Leeds can't clear the ball properly and Meslier has to dive on the loose ball!
46' Rodrigo resumes play for Leeds, and the second half is up and running at Elland Road!
The teams are back out for the second half, and which side will blink first in the quest for a winner to this game?
Pereira set up Mitrovic's equaliser for Fulham, and would have scored their second but for Meslier's save, but the Brazilian has still been a thorn in Leeds' side all half long. He's completed all of his passes in the final third, had two touches in the box, and has completed three crosses. He's made one interception and won a free-kick, getting Leeds captain Cooper booked in the process, too!
The first half draws to a close, with the scoreline locked up at 1-1! A cagey opening 15 minutes ended when Reed's shot for Fulham was cleared off the line by Koch. Leeds reacted quickly, going ahead through Rodrigo's header following Harrison's deflected shot, but it didn't last long as Mitrovic headed in Pereira's corner six minutes later! Pereira should've doubled Fulham's lead as he broke into the Leeds half, but Meslier stood tall to make a fantastic save! It's still too close to call as the second half approaches, and can either side find a winner?
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 1-1 FULHAM.
45' + 2' Cooper's cross-field pass finds Ayling on the run, and he collides with Willian as the two attempt to control the ball, with the referee giving the free-kick Fulham's way.
45' + 1' Sinisterra's forward ball puts Rodrigo in behind Adarabioyo down the left side of the box, but the Leeds goalscorer takes a heavy touch and the ball goes behind for a free-kick.
45' With Mitrovic back up on his feet and playing, we'll have another three to play as added time in this first half.
44' Mitrovic is now down, and a player arguably even more pivotal to Fulham than Sinisterra is to Leeds will have the Cottagers fans holding their breath.
42' Sinisterra's been carrying a knock and goes down following that passage of play, and the whole of Elland Road will be hoping that the winger is well enough to carry on.
41' Rodrigo comes back from an offside possession to win the ball from De Cordova-Reid, but the flag's up as Sinisterra attempts to find him with a return ball.
L. Cooper
Yellow Card
Leeds United
39' Palhinha looks to put Pereira into space, but Cooper slides across and catches the Fulham playmaker with a woeful challenge, and the Leeds captain picks up a well-deserved booking.
37' After a Rodrigo cross is collected easily by Leno, Leeds get the ball back after Sinisterra dispossesses De Cordova-Reid. Struijk passes ahead for the Colombian to chase though, and it's a wayward pass that Fulham can recover.
37' Since winning 1-0 at Leeds in April 2002, Fulham have lost eight of their last nine Premier League games in Yorkshire, conceding 23 goals in the process (2.6 per game).
35' Sinisterra beats De Cordova-Reid to the ball and surges into open space down the left. Aaronson is the recipient of the inside ball, but his pass to Greenwood in support is cut out by Reed!
34' De Cordova-Reid crosses from the right-hand touchline, aiming for Mitrovic, but Koch gets in front of the striker and heads it behind for a corner.
32' Willian puts Robinson into space down the left, and he crosses to the edge of the box. Wilson picks up the ball and shoots, but Cooper gets in the way of it!
30' SAVED!!! What a stop!!! A Leeds free-kick comes to nothing and Fulham counter, with Pereira racing clean through on goal. He's got no-one but Meslier near him, and shoots, but it's saved by the Leeds keeper to keep the scores level!
29' Sinisterra bursts past De Cordova-Reid down the left and looks to put Struijk into space ahead of him, but the Fulham right-back gets back to the ball and wins a free-kick.
28' Mitrovic now has been involved in seven goals in his last seven league appearances against Leeds (five goals, two assists), including a brace on his last visit to Elland Road, and another one today!
Andreas Pereira
Assist
Fulham
26' A brilliant ball from Pereira, and an awesome header from Mitrovic, and Fulham are back on level terms!
A. Mitrović
Goal
Fulham
26' GOOOOAAALLLL!!! The Cottagers hit back!!! Pereira's corner finds a free Mitrovic at the front post, and the clinical Serb flicks a header beyond Meslier and into the back of the net!!! Woeful defence from Leeds, and it means we're level once more at 1-1!
25' Harrison's ball to Aaronson is cut out, and Fulham come back down the left. Willian looks to cross from the left, but it's put behind for a corner by Koch.
24' After an incident in the crowd brings play to a halt for a few moments, play soon resumes and Fulham have the ball back.
22' Koch's long pass finds Rodrigo, but he's forced wide by Adarabioyo as he enters the box. He looks to find Sinisterra, but it takes a deflection off the Fulham defender and goes behind for a corner!
Rodrigo
Goal
Leeds United
20' GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! Leeds strike first!!!! Aaronson's throughball for Harrison is missed by Robinson, giving the winger time and space to shoot. He does so, but the low effort is parried by Leno, but Rodrigo reacts quickest to head the loose ball into the net and put Leeds 1-0 up!!! Elland Road is in raptures, but will also be breathing a sigh of relief as Leeds lead!!
18' Willian cuts inside from the left to find Reed in space, but the midfielder's ball back into the box for Mitrovic skews wide and behind for a goal kick.
18' No side has conceded fewer home goals than Leeds so far in the Premier League this season, with the Whites shipping just three goals in their five games at Elland Road so far. They’re averaging 0.6 goals conceded per home game this season, compared to two a game last term (38 conceded in 19 games).
16' A decent spell of possession for Leeds culminates in Greenwood chipping to the edge of the box, and it's flicked on by Rodrigo for Sinisterra but the winger is flagged for offside.
15' Harrison looks to play a throughball forward to Rodrigo, but it's too close to Leno and the Fulham goalkeeper gathers the ball.
14' OFF THE LINE!!! Fulham's first chance sees a cross flicked on by Mitrovic to Reed, who smashes a low shot beyond Meslier, but Roca blocks it and Koch clears off the line!! What a let off for the home side!
12' Leeds lost their first home league of the season against Arsenal last time out, having been unbeaten in five at Elland Road before this.
10' Aaronson turns Reed on the edge of the box before teeing up Greenwood to shoot, but the young Leeds midfielder blazes his effort over the bar!
9' Fulham are winless in their last five league visits to Elland Road, with their last away win at Leeds coming in December 2014, in the Championship.
7' Sinisterra creates space in the box with a good piece of skill, but Adarabioyo gets in the way of his ball to Rodrigo. Leeds keep the pressure on, but Struijk needlessly fouls Reed and Fulham get the free-kick.
6' CHANCE!!!! Greenwood whips an excellent cross into the box, but Roca's eventual shot is deflected. Harrison brings the loose ball down and drives towards goal, but his cut-back is put behind for a corner!
4' Leeds have won each of their last three league games against Fulham, as many as they had in their previous 15 against them. They’ve never won four consecutively against the Cottagers before.
2' Makeshift right-back De Cordova-Reid loses out to Sinisterra, and Aaronson plays the loose ball into the centre, but it's just behind Roca and the Cottagers can clear!
1' Reed kicks off for Fulham, and we are underway in West Yorkshire!
The teams are out on the pitch at Elland Road, and we're almost ready for kick-off in this highly anticipated game!
On-loan Dan James is ineligible to play for Fulham against his parent club Leeds, and so is absent from the squad, with two changes made to the XI. Issa Diop and Neeskens Kebano both drop to the bench, with Tosin Adarabioyo and Harry Wilson starting at centre-back and right midfield respectively.
A muscle injury to Tyler Adams is a massive blow to Leeds, who will really miss his energy and dynamism in midfield. Sam Greenwood replaces him, while Rodrigo is preferred to Patrick Bamford up front. There’s changes at the back too, with only Robin Koch keeping his place from the Leicester defeat. Luke Ayling, Pascal Struijk and captain Liam Cooper all come into the side.
FULHAM SUBS: Marek Rodak, Shane Duffy, Neeskens Kebano, Tom Cairney, Josh Onomah, Kevin Mbabu, Carlos Vinicius, Issa Diop, Luke Harris.
FULHAM (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Bobby De Cordova-Reid, Tosin Adarabioyo, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Harrison Reed, Joao Palhinha; Harry Wilson, Andreas Pereira, Willian; Aleksandar Mitrovic.
LEEDS UNITED SUBS: Joel Robles, Junior Firpo, Patrick Bamford, Crysencio Summerville, Diego Llorente, Darko Gyabi, Rasmus Kristensen, Joe Gelhardt, Mateusz Klich.
LEEDS UNITED (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Liam Cooper, Pascal Struijk; Marc Roca; Jack Harrison, Brenden Aaronson, Sam Greenwood, Luis Sinisterra; Rodrigo Moreno.
Fulham, meanwhile, are having a brilliant season back in the top-flight. They’re sat ninth following a 3-0 crushing of Aston Villa, which resulted in Steven Gerrard losing his job. They’ll fancy their chances against this out of form Leeds side, and could pile further pressure on Marsch with a win in West Yorkshire.
After a bright start to the season, Leeds’ results have fallen off a cliff in recent weeks, with their dismal 2-0 loss to Leicester last time out making it seven games without a win for Jesse Marsch’s side.
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