LEEDS United manager Neil Warnock was delighted to win with the club’s new owners watching on as a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace saw Ian Holloway’s men replaced at the top of the Championship by Cardiff.
Leeds were already demonstrating the fruits of the Gulf Finance House takeover, the first stage of which was completed last week, in the form of new loan signings Alan Tate and Jerome Thomas, who both went straight into the team.
Thomas was excellent, but it was Luciano Becchio and and Paul Green who got the goals which brought Leeds their first win in eight and ended the Eagles’ 14-match unbeaten run, despite Peter Ramage’s late reply.
“I am absolutely delighted for the new owners. We deserved the win over the 90 minutes,” said former Sheffield United manager Warnock.
“We started the game very well and had to hang in there at times but our two new lads made the difference.
“Alan Tate is a good pro. He had a calming influence on us at the back and Jerome Thomas is as good as anyone in the Premier League, let alone the Championship. We needed the lift in confidence those two have given us.”
Palace’s loss allowed Cardiff to go top with a 2-1 win at Barnsley.
Middlesbrough suffered a surprise 3-1 loss against Bristol City at the Riverside, the lowly Robins ending an 11-game winless run to move out of the relegation zone.
City took a shock lead in foggy conditions through Albert Adomah before Ishmael Miller put the hosts level before the break, but second-half goals from Stephen Pearson and substitute Steven Davies sealed it.
“We are still in the top six and there are still plenty of games to play,” said Boro boss Tony Mowbray. “Luckily we have another one here on Tuesday night against Huddersfield, so we can put it right quickly.”
Adam Clayton converted a late penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw for 10-man Huddersfield against Charlton.
The Terriers saw Keith Southern dismissed in the first half and fell behind to Rob Hulse’s effort after 60 minutes, but Simon Grayson’s men hit back with two minutes to play as Clayton kept his cool to net his first goal in 12 matches.
Hull went down 1-0 at home to Burnley, Dean Marney notching the only goal of the game. In-form Millwall climbed above opponents Blackburn and up to sixth after a 2-0 triumph at Ewood Park with goals from Chris Wood and James Henry.
Nottingham Forest remained behind the Lions only on goal difference after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Wolves.