The Astonishing Reality Regarding Leeds United Beyond the Championship Standings…

The Astonishing Reality Regarding Leeds United Beyond the Championship Standings…

Leeds United moved up to second in the Championship as they continued their fine form in 2024 with victory at Bristol City.

Wilfried Gnonto broke the deadlock early in the second half, firing in from just inside the box, with only his second goal of the season and on his first league start since 29 December.

Bristol City goalkeeper Max O’Leary made a number of key saves in the first half to keep his side in the game, including denying Georginio Rutter from a few yards out.

Glen Kamara came closest to doubling the tally for Leeds minutes after Gnonto’s goal, but saw his shot trickle wide.

Leeds keeper Illan Meslier by comparison had little to do all night as out of form Bristol City’s winless league run stretched to six games, while Daniel Farke’s side have won five in a row.

Leeds last won five successive league matches in July 2020, the season where they won promotion to the Premier League.

Their victory at Ashton Gate moves them up from fourth into the automatic promotion places for the first time this campaign, ahead of Ipswich and Southampton who both play on Saturday.

By contrast, Bristol City’s last win in the league came on Boxing Day and they remain rooted in a mid-table spot after being completely outshone by a rampant Leeds side who will surely wonder how they did not take away a bigger winning margin.

There was a positive early sign for the hosts when Cameron Pring headed the ball on to Nahki Wells, but the striker’s poor first touch took the ball away from him and he dragged his shot wide.

Yet that 11th minute chance would end up being as good as it got for the Robins in the first half, who were given no time to breathe in possession and repeatedly gave the ball away, allowing Leeds to break forward at will.

The excellent Cryscenscio Summerville should have scored after pick-pocketing George Tanner in midfield and racing through. With O’Leary off his line the Dutchman tried to chip the keeper, but O’Leary redeemed the hosts by leaping high to palm his shot clear.

Summerville blasted another effort over, before Rutter intercepted a pass from Rob Dickie and darted into the box only for O’Leary to punch it over the bar.

Patrick Bamford then whipped the ball past Zak Vyner and squared it to Rutter for the best chance of the half, but again the Robins keeper reacted fast, getting low to keep it scoreless.

Bristol City had only won one of their previous 17 meetings against Leeds and their luck ran out straight after the break as a long ball cut through to Gnonto, who had space to run into on the edge of the box before firing a shot into the corner with O’Leary diving the wrong way.

Leeds should have gone 2-0 up minutes later as they broke forward again in numbers in a three-on-two, but Kamara’s effort saw the slightest touch to narrowly trickle wide of the post.

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