Late Jansson header gives Leeds play-off cushion

Pontus Jansson

A last minute Pontus Jansson header made sure Leeds csme away from Ewood Park with all three points to make it 12 wins in 16 games.

Stuart Dallas’ left footed strike was cancelled out by Elliott Bennett’s long range effort as both teams looked to be sharing the points.

Five minutes following Bennett’s strike Jansson headed home causing mayhem in the Darwen End that was hosting the 6,400 travelling fans.

Blackburn had a goal ruled out for a foul on Rob Green but after that the game got off to a slow start, neither of the two sides creating many chances.

Chris Wood went closest for Leeds on the 22nd minute. The striker picked himself up after being fouled on the edge of the area a d his sweetly struck free kick narrowly went wide of Jason Steele’s goal.

Kemar Roofe went close on 34 minutes with a header but it didn’t trouble Steele’s goal. Shortly after, Pontus Jansson picked up his 11th booking of the season and is now four booking away from a three match ban.

Garry Monk made a half time substitution as Spaniard Pablo Hernandez replaced winger Hadi Sacko who hadn’t had much of a chance in the game.

The home side came at Leeds early in the first half and forced a handful of corners but Jansson was there to clear Leeds’ line on almost all of them.

Bennett went close for Rovers on the 68th minute after a Doukara foul gave the home sude a free kick. Bennett wipped a ball round the Leeds wall and Green tipped it round his left hand post.

Just five minutes later Leeds were in front. Liam Bridcutt’s lobbed through ball found Dallas who hested the ball down on the run and fired a low footed shot into Steele’s bottom left corner.

Blackburn continued to grind away at Leeds and eventually got their goal. Bennett’s long range effort was deflected and beat Green who straught away stood up in frustration at how he’d been beaten from so far out.

Leeds weren’t finished there as they forced a corner with minutes left of normal time. Hernandez delivered into the Blackburn box and there to meet it was cult hero Jansson.

The win keeps Leeds in fourth but with Newcastle drawing at home to QPR they now sit 4 points a drift of the Championship’s top two sides.

Man of the match– Pontus Jansson

Reporter– Matthew Beedle

 

  • The Leeds Avenger

    Later this month and early next month Newcastle have Brighton away then huddersfield away followed by reading away and Fulham at home… #catchable