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Championship: Leeds miss chance to go top

Last Updated: 18/01/20 6:04pm

Kalvin Phillips (L) was sent off as Leeds lost at QPR

Kalvin Phillips (L) was sent off as Leeds lost at QPR

Leeds missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship as their worrying form continued following a controversial 1-0 defeat at QPR.

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With West Brom playing Stoke at The Hawthorns on Monday night, Leeds had an opportunity to put pressure on their promotion rivals but instead slipped to a second successive defeat.

QPR took the lead in the 20th minute when Ebere Eze's free-kick was deflected into the path of Nahki Wells, who converted his fifth goal in three games despite the ball striking his hand.

2:13 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Leeds

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Leeds

Patrick Bamford had a penalty saved by Liam Kelly after he was upended by the QPR goalkeeper just past the hour, before Pablo Hernandez struck the outside of the post from a free-kick.

Leeds, who have now won just one of their last seven league games, finished the match with 10 men when Kalvin Phillips (88) was shown a straight red card for a poor tackle on Geoff Cameron.

Brentford were held to a goalless draw at lowly Huddersfield where a win would have lifted them above west London rivals Fulham - who beat Middlesbrough 1-0 on Friday night - into third.

Josh Dasilva came close to a late winner but saw his effort hit a post.

Swansea came from behind to beat relegation-threatened Wigan 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

2:11 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea and Wigan

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea and Wigan

Nathan Byrne put second-bottom Wigan ahead but Rhian Brewster - on loan from Liverpool - struck his first goal for Swansea with an equaliser three minutes later.

Andre Ayew then netted the winner in the second half as Swansea climbed into fifth.

Ten-man Sheffield Wednesday failed to build on their 2-0 win at Leeds as they suffered a 5-0 defeat to Blackburn at Hillsborough. Lewis Holtby put Rovers in front before the Owls had Massimo Luongo sent off shortly afterwards.

1:59 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn

Things went from bad to worse when Cameron Dawson tipped Lewis Travis' effort onto the post, only for the ball to hit the Owls 'keeper and go into the net.

Holtby added a third on the stroke of half-time while Darragh Lenihan and Sam Gallagher struck in the second half as Rovers won for the first time in six league games with Wednesday suffering a fourth loss in five.

Second-half goals from Matt Smith and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson earned Millwall a 2-0 win over Reading in a game which was marred by an incident of homophobic chanting at The Den.

Smith's powerful strike gave Millwall the lead before Bodvarsson came off the bench to secure all three points, continuing the Lions' superb form under Gary Rowett.

1:57 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Reading

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Reading

But the result will be overshadowed by the off-field incident which saw referee Keith Stroud stop play during the first half. Stroud was called over by his assistant in front of the East Stand to report homophobic chanting from sections of the home support.

Niclas Eliasson netted an 87th minute winner as Bristol City beat Barnsley 1-0 at Ashton Gate which, like Millwall, leaves the Robins outside of the top six on goal difference.

Preston are a point further behind as they also came from behind to beat Charlton 2-1 at Deepdale.

Andre Green, who began the season on loan at Preston, handed Charlton an early lead but Josh Harrop levelled before Patrick Bauer struck the winner early in the second half.

Lee Tomlin's second-half strike cancelled out Jude Bellingham's opener as Birmingham and Cardiff drew 1-1 at St Andrew's while Matt Clarke scored the only goal as Derby defeated Hull at Pride Park.

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Watford 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga saves Deeney penalty

Troy Deeney has missed three of his past six penalties in the Premier League

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho felt it was "unfair" his side only came away from Vicarage Road with a draw after they were held by resurgent Watford, who missed a penalty.

Troy Deeney saw his spot-kick saved, but the Hornets extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven matches.

Paulo Gazzaniga dived low to his right to deny the Watford captain following Jan Vertonghen's handball in the second half.

But Mourinho told BT Sport afterwards: "I think we deserved to win this match. To lose would have been too harsh on the boys."

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster saved from Nathaniel Chalobah and Lucas Moura before half-time to thwart Spurs, who have now gone four league games without a win.

"The result is unfair. I think it would have been more unfair if we lost," added Mourinho, whose side have now gone four matches without a win.

"We had the control of the game, especially in the first half. We arrived in dangerous positions. We created chances but we did not manage to score."

Deeney had headed a good chance straight at Gazzaniga just before the break, while Abdoulaye Doucoure shot into the side-netting early in the second half.

Watford substitute Ignacio Pussetto, making his debut for the club, cleared an Erik Lamela effort off the line in stoppage time at the end of the match.

Just 10.04mm of the ball had not crossed the line when Pussetto made his crucial intervention

Winger Pussetto, a £7m signing from Udinese, had only been on the pitch for just over a minute when he slid in to hook away with almost the whole ball over the goalline.

The Hornets, who were bottom of the table when manager Nigel Pearson took over in December, move up to 16th, while Spurs are seventh.

Watford's revival continues

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The turnaround in Watford's form since Pearson's arrival has been put down to several factors, from the manager's attention to detail around the club off the pitch to a simple, hard-working ethic on it.

The latter was in evidence again throughout an encounter that lacked out-and-out excitement but still bristled with tension, with both sides keen to avoid defeat at the very least.

That matters now seem to be going Watford's way under Pearson was indicated when the ball appeared to strike Craig Cathcart on the hand inside the hosts' area in only the second minute, but referee Michael Oliver ignored Spurs' claims for a penalty.

And Pussetto's dramatic clearance off the line late on, with just a centimetre of the ball still on the goalline, was another hint that the home side have turned a corner.

But Pearson and his players are certain to be frustrated that they could not make more of the few chances that came their way - Ismaila Sarr scooping an early chance comfortably over the bar and Deeney nodding the ball at Gazzaniga before the break.

Watford's talismanic skipper also failed to put the ball beyond the Spurs keeper's reach when given the chance from the spot but, despite that disappointment, his side still maintained their excellent run and can move further away from danger when they face struggling Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Spurs lack spark again

Tottenham Jose Mourinho says referee Michael Oliver should have sent off Etienne Capoue

Spurs were flat for large parts of the match, most of which they played without Christian Eriksen.

The Denmark playmaker was a 73rd-minute replacement for Dele Alli, but he could not spark his side into a decisive moment at the end of a week where his link with Inter Milan had reignited a feud between Mourinho and the Serie A side's boss Antonio Conte.

Alli also cut a frustrated figure when he was replaced, the England midfielder having headed one of Spurs' few decent chances over the Watford crossbar early in the second half.

Mourinho's side lacked a focal point in the absence of striker Harry Kane, and this third consecutive game without a goal is now the sixth time in a row where they have failed to win in the Premier League when the England captain has not been involved.

With Kane ruled out until at least April with a hamstring injury, these are trends Spurs must address if they are climb back into contention for the Champions League places.

Man of the match - Etienne Capoue (Watford)

The French player led the way for his side with a passing accuracy of 84.1% and 68 touches.

'We did enough to win' - manager reaction

Watford manager Nigel Pearson: "It was a game we felt we created enough to win. They have had their situations and chances as well. In the first half we did not quite get our pressing as well as we have at late. We grew into the game and started to take more control. We had a good chance to win."

On the penalty miss: "It's football. I said to the players I am looking for a performance and we had a good performance today. If we go out with every intention to win the game then we will play well. I am pleased with how we played football today."

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho: "We played very well. We started the game without a striker but with lots of offensive players.

"I am happy with how we played, our commitment.

"We are not good at adapting to this style of football. We were quite difficult to play."

Spurs draw a blank again - the stats

  • Tottenham have failed to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since November 2013.
  • This result ended a run of 93 league games without a 0-0 draw for Tottenham, the second-longest such run in the competition - behind Manchester United's 114-game sequence that ended in May 2002.
  • No side has kept more clean sheets than Watford's eight in the league this season. However, the Hornets have also failed to score in a league-high 11 matches.
  • Tottenham kept their first away clean sheet in the league for 382 days, since winning 3-0 at Cardiff on New Year's Day 2019.
  • There were 32 shots without a goal in this match, the most in the competition since Crystal Palace v Cardiff in December 2018 (40).
  • Watford's Deeney has failed to score three of his past six Premier League penalties.
  • As well as being winless in their past six league games without Kane, Tottenham have failed to score in four of those matches.

What's next?

Watford are away to Aston Villa in the Premier League at 19:30 GMT on Tuesday - and are back in action two days later when their delayed FA Cup third-round replay at Tranmere Rovers takes place at 19:45 on Thursday.

Spurs are at home to Norwich City in the league at 19:30 Wednesday.


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Controversial Wells strike sinks 10-man Leeds

Simeon Gholam

EFL Reporter @simgholam

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Last Updated: 18/01/20 2:53pm

2:13 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Leeds

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Leeds

Nahki Wells scored a controversial winner as QPR beat Leeds 1-0 in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Leeds' slump in form continued as they fell to defeat at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, although the winning goal midway through the first half will be a huge talking point, after the ball struck Wells on both arms before he stroked it home.

The away side did have a huge chance to level the game just after the hour mark, but Patrick Bamford's penalty was saved by QPR goalkeeper Liam Kelly.

It is back-to-back defeats for Leeds in the Championship now, and just one win in seven, allowing their promotion rivals to continue to close what was once an almighty gap. It went from bad to worse late on as well, as Kalvin Phillips was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Geoff Cameron.

Controversial strike seals win in west London

Nahki Wells scored the winner for QPR

Nahki Wells scored the winner for QPR

QPR caused all kinds of problems to Leeds on the counter-attack throughout the first half as Ebere Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel ran at them time and time again, and it was the latter who won the free kick on the edge of the box that led to the first goal on 20 minutes.

  • Jack Clarke - the Leeds academy graduate - started on the bench for QPR having joined on loan from Tottenham this week. He spent the first half of the season back on loan at Leeds, having signed from the club for Spurs in the summer, but saw his playing time extremely limited by Marcelo Bielsa. Elsewhere, Liam Kelly started in goal, Conor Masterson made a first Championship start and Lee Wallace came in.
  • For Leeds there was just one change as Pablo Hernandez started in place of the injured Barry Douglas.

Wells' opener, however, was controversial to say the least. Eze's free kick ricocheted off the head of Luke Ayling and hit the arm of the QPR striker, before it bounced up and hit his other hand. That second deflection caused the ball to sit up perfectly, and provided him with a virtually unguarded net to slot into, as Kiko Casilla had already dived to his left to try and save the initial set-piece attempt.

Marcelo Bielsa made a change at the break as he threw on Ezgjan Alioski for Stuart Dallas - who had been run absolutely ragged at left-back by Osayi-Samuel and was on a yellow card.

Liam Kelly trips Patrick Bamford for the penalty, which he went on to save

Liam Kelly trips Patrick Bamford for the penalty, which he went on to save

Leeds took the game back to QPR and had a glorious opportunity to level after 62 minutes as Bamford won a penalty off Kelly, but the goalkeeper dusted himself down and pushed Bamford's resulting low effort from 12 yards wide of the post.

Leeds just couldn't find a way through and Phillips' late red card ended any hopes of a comeback. He will likely now miss three games to leave Leeds' squad looking even thinner. It won't have done his England chances any good if Gareth Southgate was watching, either.

It allowed QPR to get back to winning ways after a disappointing result at Brentford last week and edge back up the table towards the play-offs.

Man of the match: Liam Kelly

Kelly celebrates with his team-mates after saving Bamford's penalty

Kelly celebrates with his team-mates after saving Bamford's penalty

Handed his first start in the Championship since early November, with his last appearance coming in the reverse fixture against Leeds at Elland Road, he certainly took his chance with both hands. Kelly may have conceded the penalty, but more than made up for it with a fantastic save from Bamford.

What's next?

QPR's next game is an FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night. Their next Championship game is at Blackburn the following Tuesday night.

Leeds have a 10-day break now before facing Millwall at Elland Road on Tuesday, January 28.

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