Leeds United 3-2 Blackburn Rovers: Late Boxing Day drama at Elland Road
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Leeds United 3-2 Blackburn Rovers: Late Boxing Day drama at Elland Road

Yet more injury time heroics from Marcelo Bielsa's Whites.

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Leeds United returned to a packed-out Elland Road with a hero's reception after Sunday's last-dash 3-2 win at Villa Park maintained their place at the top of the table at Christmas. 

They gave the home fans a taste of the same medicine as they scored two goals in the final five minutes to record another 3-2 win, this time over Blackburn Rovers.

Tony Mowbray's Blackburn arrived in West Yorkshire having already beaten Leeds this season, winning 2-1 at Ewood Park just two months ago. They looked set to have achieved a double when Charlie Mulgrew's late free-kick saw them take a 2-1 lead going into injury time. 

But the latest of late doubles from Kemar Roofe saw them extend their winning run to seven games and stay at the top of the Championship.

Bielsa's men dominant, but wasteful

This was not a vintage display from Leeds. Especially early on, they were guilty of wayward passing that allowed the visitors to pick up the ball in dangerous areas.

But Kalvin Phillips looks more comfortable as a defender by the week, and between him and Pontus Jansson, everything was ably mopped up throughout the first half.

Their defensive swagger, befitting of a team with the second-best record in the division with four clean sheets from the last six games, was encapsulated as Jansson turned superbly to leave Danny Graham left on the floor. After getting the ball forward, the Swede beamed from ear to ear as he took in the Kop's applause.

A couple of minor hiccups aside, they manage to take control, press well and set the tempo as the ball was kept in Blackburn's half, with Bradley Dack and Graham left feeding on scraps.

Pressure was building and eventually told when Jack Harrison fizzed in a cross from the left in the 33rd minute, with Derrick Williams producing a poacher's finish from inside the six-yard box to send the ball into his own net. Ezgjan Alioski nearly doubled the lead a couple of minutes later with a sweet strike onto the crossbar.

But they paid for their lack of first-half incision as Charlie Mulgrew was felled inside the box, just a minute after the break. The defender stepped up to convert the resultant spot kick. It was just the second time this season that Bielsa's side have let a lead slip.

Blackburn's defensive solidity desserts them at the last

The visitors looked good value for at least a point as they put in a solid, organised performance to deny Leeds another through the second half. 

They had to withstand large spells of pressure with their back four camped inside their own box and looked to have been rewarded as Charlie Mulgrew looked to put the finishing touches on an excellent individual performance when he sent in a 25-yard free-kick, although questions once again have to be asked over Leeds young goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Leeds then pushed everything forward in injury-time. First Roofe sent Elland Road into raptures with an equaliser that just about crossed the line, with David Raya's double-stop unable to keep him out.

Then, in the final minute, the striker pounced on a cross to head the ball in to somehow trump his 94th-minute winner three days ago. Something special is happening in Leeds this season.

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