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Leeds United (1) 2 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

NPower Championship 2012-13

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Referee: Oliver Langford

Manager: Neil Warnock

Elland Road 15:00

Attendance: 19,185

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3484


 Jerome Thomas (18)
 Paul Green (67)


El-Hadji DioufRoss McCormack (80)
Jerome ThomasMichael Brown (83)
Luciano BecchioLuke Varney (89)


 David Norris (78)



Paddy Kenny

Lee Peltier

Tom Lees

Alan Tate

Paul Green

Jerome Thomas

Michael Tonge

David Norris

Sam Byram

Luciano Becchio

El-Hadji Diouf



Jamie Ashdown

Jason Pearce

Luke Varney

Aidan White

Michael Brown

Ryan Hall

Ross McCormack

Match Report

Leeds 2 Ipswich 0

JEROME THOMAS is proving to be Neil Warnock’s lucky charm.

Leeds have won all four games the winger has played since joining on loan from West Brom.

And after missing last week’s defeat at Derby with a hamstring injury, Thomas returned to grab his first goal for the club and help United back to winning ways.

Thomas’ loan expires at the beginning of January and even though chairman Ken Bates has said there would be no big spending spree in the transfer window, he did promise to help keep Leeds’ loan players.

Swansea defender Alan Tate joined at the same time as Thomas and both have been instrumental in a run of four wins in five games, which has put them back in the play-off race.

Leeds chief Neil Warnock said: “We’re talking to their clubs but sometimes it can take a while.

“Jerome’s a positive player and I’ve wanted to sign him for years. I love positive players and I told him that I don’t care how many times he loses it in their half just to take players on. I love those goals and we have been working on it on the training ground.”

El-Hadji Diouf is one man Leeds have tied down and he almost marked his new 18-month contract in style after seven minutes but his volley was brilliantly saved by Stephen Henderson.

Paddy Kenny was quick off his line to deny Lee Martin sneaking in at the other end but Leeds continued to dominate and went in front after 19 minutes. Carlos Edwards almost volleyed into his own net but when Diouf swung over the resulting corner Thomas diverted Tom Lees’ header past Henderson. David Norris should have doubled their lead soon after but saw Aaron Cresswell clear his header off the line and Luciano Becchio wasted an even better chance 10 minutes later.

It was harder to miss than score but the Argentinian striker somehow headed over from Sam Byram’s inch-perfect cross.

After the break, Henderson clawed away Becchio’s header from another Byram cross but the home side made the points safe after 68 minutes.

Diouf fed Thomas and, from his cross, Paul Green arrived at the far post to smash his third goal of the season into the top corner.

The visitors threw everything forward and sub Michael Chopra had their best chance but could not find a way past Kenny.

Ipswich have won five out of eight games since Mick McCarthy arrived as boss but they are still just five points clear of the drop zone.

McCarthy said: “We’ve seen progression since we came in.

“We gave a bad goal away in the first half when there wasn’t a lot in it. We let Leeds off the hook in the second half but Green’s finish was quality and that was the difference.”

Vic Holly (The Sun)

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