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

Sky Bet Championship 2015-16

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Referee: James Adcock

Manager: Uwe Rosler

Elland Road 19:45

Attendance: 21,312 (Town 520)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3618


 Tommy Smith (32)


Stuart DallasSam Byram (59)
Tom AdeyemiAlex Mowatt (68)


 Sol Bamba (6)
 Lewis Cook (70)
 Sam Byram (84)
 Jonathan Parr (76)



Marco Silvestri

Gaetano Berardi

Sol Bamba

Liam Cooper

Charlie Taylor

Luke Murphy

Tom Adeyemi

Lewis Cook

Mirco Antenucci

Chris Wood

Stuart Dallas



Ross Turnbull

Sam Byram

Scott Wootton

Giuseppe Bellusci

Alex Mowatt

Souleymane Doukara

Kalvin Phillips

Match Report

Tommy Smith nets first half winner to inflict first Championship defeat of season on Uwe Rosler's side

Uwe Rosler's side were booed off by their own fans as Ipswich left Leeds in a trough of derision and depression.

Despite recent signs of an upsurge, Leeds had the labouring look of a side without a home win for six months.

It was actually their first defeat of the season but, after five draws, it felt worse than that in the eyes of their supporters.

Their anger was also trained on referee James Adcock who bravely cautioned Sam Byram for 'diving' as the midfielder tumbled in a late penalty appeal.

Ironically, it was against Ipswich that Leeds last tasted victory at Elland Road, a 2-1 success back in March.

That was also the Ipswich loan debut of Chris Wood, who was trying to feed on scraps here after three early goals for new club Leeds.

Tommy Smith headed Ipswich in front following a 32nd minute error from home keeper Marco Silvestri in misjudging and failing to claim Ryan Fraser's corner.

Mick McCarthy's only two changes were upfield as he entrusted the defence that crashed in a 5-1 defeat at Reading last Friday.

Leeds failed to test keeper Dean Gerken in the opening half, there were a few boos at the break and more at the restart as Ipswich threatened a second.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles failed with a chance and Silvestri denied Fraser's wriggling run down the left with a save at his near post.

Leeds were a side drained of confidence as the crowd's agitation increased.

They were a shadow of the team that shared an entertaining draw with Brentford on Saturday, having achieved a season's first win at Derby.

The only changes were attacking as Rosler restored Mirco Antenucci and Murphy to the starting line-up. Unfortunately, this seemed to make Leeds lightweight in midfield.

By contrast, this was a strong and composed display from Ipswich as they look to mount another promotion attempt.

One of their few scares came when Lewis Cook fired narrowly wide from 20 yards.

Leeds were further rocked by the sudden departure of executive director Adam Pearson who said he was leaving for 'personal and business' reasons.

Rosler felt the Byram incident was 'a strong case' for a penalty.

He said: 'I'm not blaming the referee but a few crucial decisions went against us. There was a clear hand ball as well in the first half.'

But Rosler admitted: 'I'm disappointed we didn't show enough courage and bravery.'

The Leeds boss was visibly shaken by the departure of executive director Adam Pearson. 'I was devastated when I heard the news,' he said. 'I didn't see it coming.'

Rosler insisted that both he and Pearson had been enjoying a 'very good relationship' with controversial owner Massimo Cellino.

Alan Biggs (Mail Online)

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