Leeds United 1-1 Fulham

17 Aug

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Chris Wood’s injury-time overhead kick against Fulham secured Leeds United their first point of the season.

Tom Cairney’s curled effort 13 minutes from time looked to have continued Fulham’s perfect start to their Championship campaign.

Ex-Leeds striker Matt Smith and forward Sone Aluko both hit the post for the Cottagers in an impressive display.

But the hosts created chances themselves and were rewarded with Wood’s spectacular effort.

Wood had earlier sent the ball wide with a header when well-placed at the back post, while Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson also missed two good chances.

However, Fulham created more opportunities throughout the game, with Rob Green forced to save from Floyd Ayite, who also sent a header narrowly wide of goal.

Aluko had an appeal for a penalty turned down shortly before Cairney’s opener, as the visitors struggled to turn chances into goals.

But Slavisa Jokanovic’s side remain fourth in the table despite being punished for their wastefulness in front of goal by Wood’s fine strike, while Leeds climb to 20th in the table.

Leeds United head coach Garry Monk:

“I don’t know if delighted is the right word, but I was very pleased for the players and everyone. I was very pleased for Woody. He missed that chance, but he came back and it was good reward for him. It epitomised our spirit.

“There was spirit with them in the changing room and you can see that. Tonight was a really good test for us. We could have easily thought that it wasn’t going to be our night.

“I was especially pleased for Chris, he missed an earlier one and could have easily felt sorry for him, frustration was coming his way but his mentality epitomised what the team were doing. I’m very happy for him to score that goal, it’ll give him a big boost.”

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

“[Ryan Sessegnon] is a very good project of the football club, he needs to continue to keep working hard, in this way we have to be careful about him.

“For his debut he offered many, many, many quality things during the game. I don’t want to say (he is a) kid, but he is doing work with adult people and I don’t find a big difference between them.

“It is a little bit unlucky, we are a little bit frustrated after this late goal. We didn’t score more goals at the beginning and during the game and Leeds scored a typical Championship goal, a big centre-half touches the ball and the big striker catches a bicycle kick, which can happen.”

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Fulham 1.

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Fulham 1.

Goal! Leeds United 1, Fulham 1. Chris Wood (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kyle Bartley with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Michael Madl.

Offside, Fulham. David Button tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

David Button (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Wood (Leeds United).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

Attempt blocked. Hadi Sacko (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution, Fulham. Jozabed replaces Floyd Ayité.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marcus Antonsson with a cross.

Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Tunnicliffe replaces Scott Parker.

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Wood (Leeds United).

Substitution, Leeds United. Hadi Sacko replaces Kemar Roofe.

Goal! Leeds United 0, Fulham 1. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United).

Offside, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marcus Antonsson (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt replaces Pablo Hernández.

Attempt missed. Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Matt Smith.

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Scott Parker.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Antonsson.

Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

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