Leeds United 1-0 Barnsley: Whites move a point from promotion to Premier League with tense victory


Michael Sollbauer’s unfortunate own goal was the 70th Leeds have scored in the Championship this season

Leeds United took another big step towards ending their 16-year wait for promotion to the Premier League by battling past bottom-of-the-table Barnsley in a tense Yorkshire derby.

The Whites now need just one point in their final two matches but could be promoted as soon as Friday if West Bromwich Albion fail to beat Huddersfield on Friday.

Seconds after Mads Andersen missed a great chance to open the scoring for the visitors, Michael Sollbauer turned Patrick Bamford’s pullback into his own net to give Marcelo Bielsa’s side the lead.

The Tykes had the better of things after the break but Conor Chaplin and Callum Styles both shot wide and Leeds held out for a vital win.

Their ascent to the Premier League will be confirmed before they play Derby on Sunday if either the Baggies or Brentford, who visit Stoke on Saturday, do not win.

Perhaps understandably given the pressure on the match it was not a vintage performance from the hosts, who struggled to match the visitors’ intensity and, but for some wasteful finishing, could easily have lost.

Barnsley put in a performance that belied their place at the foot of the table but that will be of little comfort after a fourth game without a win left them four points from safety.

They could now be relegated to League One even if they win their final two games.

More to follow.





BBC