Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 23, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson was sent to the stands on an afternoon where individual errors were to blame as Bolton lost 2-1 at Leeds United.

Patrick Bamford opened the scoring with 16 minutes played at Elland Road, firing home from the penalty spot after Pawel Olkowski had fouled Tyler Roberts.

Wanderers equalised when Mark Beevers prodded home six minutes later, but Leeds won the contest midway through the second-half when a wayward cross from Ezgjan Alioski caught goalkeeper Remi Matthews off-guard and ended up in the net.

A touchline melee, sparked by a challenge from Josh Magennis, resulted in Wanderers boss Parkinson being sent off with 20 minutes to go, on an afternoon which left his side four points from safety in the Championship relegation zone.

Having been on the receiving end of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Norwich City last time out, Parkinson made two changes to his Wanderers side as Joe Williams and Gary O'Neil came in at the expense of Josh Vela and former Leeds United captain Luke Murphy.

Optimism was difficult to find amongst the travelling support pre-match, but it was the visitors who created the first opportunity of the game as Magennis forced Kiko Casilla into a point-blank save with a powerful header from a Callum Connolly cross.

Leeds' first chance arrived on seven minutes, with Kalvin Phillips shooting high and wide, moments before Casilla raced off his line to deny Clayton Donaldson a clear run on goal after O'Neil had played a ball through.

O'Neil then latched on to a flick from Magennis before shooting wide, but it was the hosts who were to break the deadlock on 16 minutes after Roberts was brought down inside the box by Olkowski.

Bamford, who had netted on both of his previous appearances against the Trotters this season, took responsibility for the spot-kick and made no mistake from 12 yards - sending Matthews the wrong way to make it 1-0.

Bolton were level just six minutes later, however, as they stunned Elland Road into silence.

After David Wheater had seen a goalbound header cleared off the line, Williams kept the attack alive. His low ball back into dangerous territory caused panic in the United defence, with Beevers afforded time and space to pick his spot and make it 1-1 with his fourth of the season.

Magennis came close to putting Wanderers ahead on 26 minutes with a glancing header that flashed agonisingly wide of the far post, shortly before the same player volleyed wide after Craig Noone had been felled by Pontus Jansson.

Matthews would then keep Parkinson's side in the game at the other end, denying Bamford with a low save before repeating his heroics 60 seconds later to parry a Pablo Hernandez header behind for a corner.

Roberts sliced wide and Bamford struck straight at Matthews as Leeds looked to end the half on a high, but it was honours even at the break as the teams went in level at 1-1.

There were no changes to either side as the players returned for the second period, which began with Klich shooting wide after O'Neil had conceded possession on the edge of his own box.

Luke Ayling curled an effort wide of the post as Leeds stepped up the pressure, while Bamford was just a touch away from restoring the home team's advantage as a low cross from Alioski evaded everybody on the hour.

Leeds went ahead for the second time midway through the half as a cross from Alioski looped up and over Matthews before nestling in the net, moments before a touchline melee resulted in Parkinson being sent to the stands by referee Tony Harrington.

Sparked by a challenge from Magennis on Alioski, Williams was at the centre of controversy as he attempted to lift the Leeds midfielder back to his feet.

With several players taking exception, United's Klick took it upon himself to spray a bottle of water down the back of Williams, knowing a reaction from the Wanderers midfielder would surely have resulted in a red card.

The words of Jansson infuriated Parkinson, who was outside of his technical area. Then, despite appearing to be shoved in the upper chest by Jansson, it was the Trotters boss who was reprimanded by the officials and given his marching orders.

Magennis and Williams were booked for their part, with Klich and Jansson fortunate to escape punishment.

With attentions back on the field of play, Matthews was doing his part to atone for his previous error by keeping out a strike from Bamford with little over 10 minutes remaining.

Alioski was next to be denied, while Matthews also got down to hold on to a strike from Stuart Dallas.

Magennis shot straight at Casilla when he had better options available in the closing stages, before a stoppage-time piledriver from substitute Sammy Ameobi had Leeds hearts in mouths as the ball flashed inches wide of the target.

With nearly seven minutes of added time played, referee Harrington blew his final whistle to seal a 2-1 victory for Leeds - who move back into 2nd place in the Championship table.

Bolton, meanwhile, end the weekend four points from safety after Reading and Rotherham United played out a 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Parkinson's side return to action next Saturday, when they face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling (Shackleton 90+4), Cooper, Jansson, Alioski, Phillips, Harrison, Roberts (Dallas 81), Klich, Hernandez, Bamford
Subs Not Used: Peacock-Farrell, Brown, Davis, Stevens, Gotts
Booked: Hernandez
Goals: Bamford 16(pen), Alioski 68

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Connolly, Beevers, Wheater, Olkowski, Noone (Buckley 82), J Williams (Murphy 86), Lowe, O'Neil, Magennis, Donaldson (Ameobi 74)
Subs Not Used: B Williams, Little, Vela, Hobbs
Booked: Lowe, Magennis, J Williams, O'Neil
Goals: Beevers 22

Referee: Tony Harrington
Attendance: 34,144

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Pos Team Pld Pts
13 Accrington Stanley 27 36
14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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