Leeds United 2 Barnsley 1: Rally fails to save Reds

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Barnsley ended a week to forget with defeat at Yorkshire rivals Leeds.

The Elland Road outfit prevailed 2-1 just days after the Reds had been forced to sack assistant boss Tommy Wright following his alleged involvement in the Daily Telegraph football corruption sting.

New Reds first team coach Jamie Clapham was on the bench assisting boss Paul Heckingbottom during what turned out to be a third defeat in four matches.

It was quite an incredible first period at Elland Road, as Barnsley bossed much of the proceedings, only to find themselves a goal behind at the break.

It was the 36th minute when Leeds created their first chance, and they scored from it as Pablo Hernandez’s in-swinging corner-kick was poked home at the near post by skipper and defender Kyle Bartley.

Earlier Adam Hammill ought to have done better when he fired straight at ‘keeper Rob Green, while Josh Scowen saw a shot deflected narrowly over for the confident-looking Reds.

Reds defender Andy Yiadom also went close with a strike from distance.

After Leeds’ goal, they almost went two up just before half-time when Adam Davies saved Hernandez’s crisp strike.

Hernandez should have doubled Leeds’ lead in the 50th minute, only to fire wide from 15 yards after wriggling free of a couple of weak defensive challenges.

Leeds doubled their lead in the 54th minute with a routine strike.

Eunan O’Kane played a perfectly-weighted through-ball to Hernandez, and he coolly beat Davies from 15 yards.

The Reds pulled a goal back in the 70th minute when Cole Kpekawa’s low cross was turned into his own net by Charlie Taylor, but they couldn’t find an equaliser in the closing stages despite piling on the pressure.

Scowen came closest for the Reds, with his goal-bound strike being hacked off the line by Charlie Taylor.

Leeds (4-2-3-1): Green; Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor; Phillips, O’Kane; Sacko (Antonsson, 74), Hernandez (Roofe, 83), Dallas (Vieira, 89); Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Mowatt.

Barnsley (4-4-2): Davies; Yiadom, Roberts, MacDonald, Kpekawa; Hammill, Scowen, Hourihane, Kent (Bradshaw, 82); Winnall, Armstrong (Watkins 65). Subs not used: Townsend, Jackson, White, Lee, Morsy.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).