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Leeds win Yorkshire derby to match back to second place

Leeds United

Leeds once again replaced Ipswich in the Championship automatic promotion places with a 2-0 Yorkshire derby win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Patrick Bamford continued his hot streak in front of goal by putting Daniel Farke’s men in front in the closing seconds of first-half stoppage-time with his seventh goal in 10 league games.

Willy Gnonto then took advantage of some slack Wednesday defending to seal the win just before the hour mark at Hillsborough.

The win – Leeds’ 11th in their last 12 matches – extends the Whites’ unbeaten run when leading at half-time to 48 Championship games and moves them one point ahead of Ipswich and two behind long-term leaders Leicester, who face Hull on Saturday.

Wednesday stay 23rd after the end of their four-game winning streak, but they are still only inside the relegation zone on goal difference with nine games to play.

How Leeds kept their momentum going

Given the implications a win for either side could have on the picture at both ends of the table, the first goal was always going to be an important one at Hillsborough – and, for long periods of the first half, it looked as though Wednesday would be the side to score it.

They had less of the ball, but looked threatening on the counter and would have been in front had Illan Meslier not made a crucial save to turn Djeidi Gassama’s shot on the stretch behind with his leg 17 minutes in.