Leeds United 1-5 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 08, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton beat Leeds United 5-1 on Saturday, as they claimed their biggest ever victory at Elland Road.

Not since August 1926 had Wanderers claimed such an impressive win on the same ground, when they ran out 5-2 winners in the old Division One.

Wanderers were just two minutes away from recording a perfect 5-0 scoreline, but United substitute Matt Smith scored a consolation goal on a miserable afternoon for Brian McDermott's side.

Joe Mason put the Trotters ahead in first-half stoppage time, but a blistering second-half saw goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz, Zat Knight, Mark Davies and Andre Moritz saw Bolton score five times away from home for the first time since August 2001.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman opted to stick with the same side that beat Blackburn Rovers 4-0 last weekend, with fit-again Jermaine Beckford missing out on a place in the squad against his former club.

The first chance of the game fell the way of the visitors, with Davies dragging a shot wide after Neil Danns had done well to hold off two defenders before playing the pass.

Leeds' first attack into the Bolton half arrived with five minutes on the clock, but Adam Bogdan was alert to cut out a teasing cross from Jimmy Kebe - with Connor Wickham waiting to head home in the middle.

Mason almost broke clear from a resulting counter-attack, while Jay Spearing was on hand to clear the ball away when Cameron Stewart looked set to take aim at goal.

Jutkiewicz then tested Jack Butland in the United goal, before a long-range strike from Luke Murphy sailed harmlessly over the Wanderers crossbar.

Danns shot straight at Butland at the midway point of the half, while Bogdan made his first save of the afternoon when he denied Lee Peltier in the 26th minute.

The home support began to grow increasingly frustrated as the game reached the half-hour mark, with the travelling Bolton supporters in fine voice in the stands. David Wheater and Mason combined inside the Leeds box soon thereafter, but there was nobody alive to the threat of Mason's cutback as the hosts cleared the ball to safety.

Mason shot into the side netting with five minutes to go until the break, before ex-Wanderers defender Stephen Warnock shot high and wide at the other end.

Then, in first-half stoppage time, Bolton took the lead to prompt a chorus of boos from the home supporters as their side went in behind at the interval. Questions were asked, with the ball seemingly having gone out of play, but referee Keith Hill ordered play to continue. Danns' pass was deflected into the path of Mason, who ran clean through on goal before slotting the ball into the bottom corner of Butland's net.

That proved to be the final action of the opening 45 minutes, as Wanderers took their lead into the half-time break.

There was one change to the Leeds side at the start of the second half, with Peltier being replaced by Sam Byram. Despite that, Bolton stepped up a gear after the restart and sealed the points with two goals in just four minutes.

The first one arrived on 52 minutes, as Medo Kamara won a free-kick outside the Leeds box. Spearing whipped it into the box and up went Jutkiewicz, who sent a diving header beyond a helpless Butland to double Wanderers' advantage.

The ball was in the net again just four minutes later, with an unfamiliar name on the scoresheet. Knight, who had scored just twice in 181 appearances prior to the game, gambled inside the Leeds penalty area and prodded the ball into the net from close range.

All the noise inside the ground was now coming from the 1,186 travelling supporters - with nearly 28,000 Leeds supporters sitting in stunned silence, as their team were being completely destroyed in front of their eyes.

Butland did well to stop a header from Jutkiewicz just after the hour mark, before a double substitution for the hosts saw Smith and Alex Mowatt come on for Stewart and Kebe.

Leeds came close at the midway stage of the half, but Wickham couldn't turn the ball past Bogdan - who had made a stunning save to deny Ross McCormack just seconds earlier.

Liam Trotter replaced Mason with 20 minutes to go, but that slight alteration in formation didn't stop the visitors from pressing forward and putting the ball in the net for the fourth time.

Jutkiewicz picked up possession out wide and spotted the run of Davies. The cross from the on-loan Middlesbrough forward was inch-perfect, with Davies having the simple task of heading past Butland to make the score 4-0.

Lee Chung-Yong replaced Davies for the final 15 minutes and he was involved moments later, teeing up Jutkiewicz - whose strike was turned away by the Leeds goalkeeper.

Smith and Wickham both brought saves out of Bogdan in the latter stages, before Moritz, who had replaced Spearing just five minutes earlier, added a fifth to send the Wanderers supporters crazy. The Brazilian playmaker appeared to have little to aim at, but his powerful strike somehow got the better of Butland and went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Smith pulled one back with a stoppage time header, as Bolton conceded for the first time in nearly 300 minutes of football, but it was the only negative on what was an amazing afternoon to be a Trotter supporter - as they celebrated five goals away from home for the first time since August 2001.

Bolton return to action on Tuesday night, when they face Steve McClaren's Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

Leeds United: Butland, Peltier (Byram 46), Lees, Wootton, Warnock, Kebe (Mowatt 64), Murphy, Austin, Stewart (Smith 64), McCormack, Wickham
Subs Not Used: Hunt, Brown, Zaliukas, Cairns
Booked: Austin
Goals: Smith 90+2

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Baptiste, Knight, Wheater, Ream, Spearing (Moritz 83), Kamara, M Davies (Chung-Yong 75), Danns, Jutkiewicz, Mason (Trotter 70)
Subs Not Used: Hutton, Eagles, Hall, Lonergan
Booked: M Davies
Goals: Mason 45, Jutkiewicz 52, Knight 56, M Davies 72, Moritz 89

Referee: Keith Hill
Attendance: 28,904

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3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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