Barnsley 0-2 Leeds: Eddie Nketiah and Mateusz Klichnets strike late to send Marcelo Bielsa’s men top
- Jack Harrison hit the post with a header from a corner shortly before half-time
- Eddie Nketiah met Kalvin Phillips’ cross at the back post to break the deadlock
- Mateusz Klichnets then sealed the three points from the penalty spot
Eddie Nketiah showed Marcelo Bielsa he can pay a key role in Leeds’ attempts to return to the Premier League as his late winner took his side to the top of the Championship.
The on-loan Arsenal forward finished ruthlessly, with a far-post volley, from a magnificently delivered Kalvin Phillips free-kick after 84 minutes.
And the 20-year-old was not finished, winning a penalty two minutes later following a trip by Aapo Halme.
Eddie Nkeitah celebrates after breaking the deadlock against Barnsley on Sunday afternon
Nketiah met Kalvin Phillips’ cross at the back post to give his side the lead in the 84th minute
Goalkeeper Bradley Collins could only watch as Nketiah’s finish made its way into the net
Nketiah (2nd left) is ocngratulated by his team-mates after opening the scoring late on
Barnsley: Collins, Cavare, Andersen, Halme, Jordan Williams (Pinillos 71), Sibbick, Mowatt, Brown (Bahre 79), Woodrow, Thomas (Thiam 67), Wilks
Subs Not Used: Chaplin, Walton, Green, Oduor
Leeds: Casilla, Dallas, White, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Hernandez, Shackleton, Klich (Berardi 90), Harrison (Helder Costa 46), Bamford (Nketiah 70)
Subs Not Used: Meslier, Douglas, Roberts, Gotts
Goals: Nketiah 84, Klich 89 pen
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
Nketiah, who had just claimed his fourth goal in six league and cup outings for Leeds, wanted to take the penalty himself but Mateusz Klich pulled rank and calmly stroked home the spot kick.
The goals led to ugly scenes among Leeds fan behind the goal, with a number of them scuffling with stewards and police becoming involved.
But that disorder could not detract from a productive derby day for one of the Championship’s title favourites.
The Yorkshire derby was a predictably scrappy affair but still offered plenty of goalmouth activity and chances.
The best, of an end-to-end first half fell, on the stroke of the interval to Leeds midfielder Jack Harrison, who somehow struck the outside of the woodwork with the goal at his mercy at the far post following a right-wing corner.
Mateusz Klich doubles his side’s lead from the penalty spot in the 89th minute
Klich celebrates after sealing the three points in the closing stages of the game
Season at a glance
But Harrison was not alone in wasting opportunities as Leeds looked for the win that would lift them to the top of the Championship.
Just four minutes had gone when Jamie Shackleton played Patrick Bamford clear and the striker hared towards goal only to be denied by keeper Brad Collins who had judged his angles perfectly.
The pair were also involved in another duel midway through the first period with the Barnsley keeper parrying a strong shot from the Leeds number nine.
Pablo Hernandez was less accurate and failed to test Collins at all on 36 minutes when Harrison picked him out unmarked just a dozen yards from goal only for the Leeds fan favourite to blaze over the bar.
But despite a run that had seen them fail to win since the opening day of the season, Barnsley gave as good as they got in their efforts to keep above the bottom three.
Former Leeds forward Mallik Wiks was a handful, forcing Kiko Casilla into an early block then sending a low effort flying just beyond the far post.
The Polish midfielder is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring his side’s second goal
And Luke Thomas threatened, playing a tidy one-two with Alex Mowatt before forcing Casilla into a solid save with his legs.
Bielsa threw on Helder Costa, who has yet to start for Leeds this season since joining on loan from Wolves, at half-time and his cross found Bamford who converted at the far post only for his “goal” to be ruled out for offside.
By that stage, Casilla had already been forced into action, tipping over a dipping long-range effort from Jacob Brown, as the game continued to flow nicely.
And Wilks again threatened his former club when he pounced on a slip by Liam Cooper but the Barnsley striker succeeded only in lashing a shot into the side netting.
Wilks had a similar burst, outpacing Ezgjan Alioski down the right minutes later before Casilla again came to Leeds’ rescue with a well-timed block.
Closest yet to a home goal, Mads Andersen’s towering header, from a corner, appeared to be going in until Halme tried to turn the ball home and succeeded only in blocking it, being flagged for offside into the bargain.
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