Jack Harrison causes havoc as Leeds see off Sheffield United to go 10th

Date published: Saturday 3rd April 2021 4:58 - Samuel Bannister

Jack Harrison scored and provided the cross that led to the winner as Leeds United saw off their Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United with a 2-1 win at Elland Road.

Upon the return from the international break, Leeds welcomed their former manager Paul Heckingbottom back to Elland Road. However, Heckingbottom’s Blades were unable to pose much of a threat and Harrison’s influence proved decisive in ensuring the points stayed with the home team.

Leeds had the first big chance of the game, with Kalvin Phillips forcing a save out of Aaron Ramsdale.

Moments later, the hosts took the lead. Tyler Roberts set up Raphinha, who dribbled in the box and squared it for Harrison. The on-loan Manchester City winger was left with a tap in into an empty net.

Just 12 minutes in, Leeds had got themselves in front – giving their visitors a difficult task.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side kept up the attacking momentum and had another big chance later in the half. Patrick Bamford played the ball infield for Roberts, who was clattered by George Baldock but still managed to pass to Harrison before.

Harrison tried to tuck the ball away but Ramsdale somehow managed to divert it behind with his leg for a corner.

Baldock came off worse from his challenge on Roberts and had to go off a few minutes later. But on the stroke of half-time, things got better for the Blades as they equalised.

Two minutes into stoppage time, Ben Osborn reacted to a deflection after a shot from Oli McBurnie. Luke Ayling thought he had cleared it off the line, but goalline technology proved that Osborn had scored his first Premier League goal.

Leeds get back in front

Leeds regained the advantage just four minutes into the second half. Harrison fizzed the ball into the box from the left wing and Phil Jagielka diverted it past his own goalkeeper.

There were immediately more chances for Leeds to increase the lead. For example, Stuart Dallas hit the bar with a curled effort.

Sheffield United were not doing themselves any favours, trying to play out from the back on too many occasions. Their inability to keep the ball in such instances led to some chances for Leeds.


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However, the hosts could not punish them and after stemming the tide, their opponents began to grow in confidence.

Even so, with 10 minutes to go, they were still yet to add to their sole shot on target.

Substitute Rhian Brewster went close when firing a shot just wide, but it wasn’t to be for the Blades.

Hence, Leeds saw out the remainder of the game and ensured they kept hold of the win. Sheffield United, on the other hand, remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

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