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Leeds seize pole position in Championship

2019-03-13 08:39
Marcelo Bielsa
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London - Leeds United swept back to the top of the Championship with a commanding 3-0 win at Reading, while Sheffield United remain hot on their heels in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa's side took a 13th-minute lead when Mateusz Klich converted Luke Ayling's cross.

Pablo Hernandez increased Leeds' advantage in the 22nd minute and the Spaniard drilled home again from 25 yards just before half-time.

Leeds sit one point ahead of second-placed Norwich, who host Hull on Wednesday.

Sheffield United kept the pressure on the top two with a 2-0 win over Brentford despite forward Gary Madine being sent off late in the first half.

Oliver Norwood put the Blades ahead from the penalty spot in the 26th minute at Bramall Lane.

United were reduced to 10 men in the 36th minute when Madine was shown a red card for a tackle from behind on Bees defender Ezri Konsa.

David McGoldrick made sure of victory when he headed in from close-range in the 83rd minute to leave Chris Wilder's side one point behind Norwich.

Bristol City moved back into the play-off places on goal difference despite being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom club Ipswich.

Adam Webster broke the deadlock with a header in the 32nd minute, but an own goal from Lloyd Kelly saw Ipswich equalise in the 68th minute.

Ipswich moved to within six points of second-bottom Bolton, who were beaten 2-0 at home by Sheffield Wednesday.

Steven Fletcher gave the Owls the lead shortly before half-time and Rolando Aarons wrapped up the points for Steve Bruce's play-off chasing side.

Blackburn beat struggling Wigan 3-0 at Ewood Park, with a brace from Danny Graham.

 

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