Leeds record first Premier League win in seven-goal thriller

first_imgLeeds were involved in another seven-goal thriller as they held on to beat Fulham 4-3 when Premier League football returned to Elland Road.Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who lost their first top-flight game in 16 years 4-3 at champions Liverpool last week, appeared to be cruising when Helder Costa put them 4-1 up, but Fulham hit back to ensure a rip-roaring finale. Costa’s early opener for Leeds was cancelled out by Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty before Mateusz Klich’s spot-kick restored Leeds’ advantage at the end of the first half.Patrick Bamford and Costa struck further goals for Leeds early in the second period, but Fulham substitute Bobby Decordova-Reid fired the visitors back into it and Mitrovic’s header five minutes later left Bielsa’s side hanging on.Joe Bryan’s early free-kick, reminiscent of his effort in last month’s play-off final against Brentford, almost caught Leeds cold before Costa’s blistering finish gave Leeds a dream start.The Portuguese gathered Kalvin Phillips’ corner at the back post in the fifth minute and unleashed an unstoppable shot from a tight angle into the roof of the net.Fulham defender Michael Hector and Leeds’ summer recruit Robin Koch both went close with headers, the latter’s forcing an excellent save from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. It was a keenly fought contest and Fulham equalised through Mitrovic’s 34th-minute penalty.Bryan went down on the left edge of the area under Koch’s sliding challenge and after referee Anthony Taylor had checked with the video assistant referee, Mitrovic converted into Illan Meslier’s bottom right-hand corner.But the Londoners were not level for long. Bryan was adjudged to have shoved Bamford in a race to reach Jack Harrison’s raking cross into the box and Klich coolly restored Leeds’ advantage.Rodrigo, who had played the full 90 minutes on his debut in the Carabao Cup defeat to Hull on Wednesday night, was replaced by Tyler Roberts during the interval.Leeds quickly readjusted and struck their third goal in the 51st minute, with Bamford clinically dispatching a right-footed shot after Klich’s brilliant pass had carved Fulham’s defence wide open. Leeds struck again to make it 4-1 in the 57th minute with a superb second goal for Costa, who slammed home first time following Bamford’s run and cross.But Fulham refused to surrender. Substitute Decordova-Reid drilled home his side’s second soon after replacing Josh Onomah in the 62nd minute and five minutes later Mitrovic’s towering header from Kenny Tete’s cross made it 4-3.The home side rode the storm and went close to scoring the game’s eighth goal when Alioski’s shot and Roberts’ follow-up were both saved by Areola.Mitrovic then forced Meslier into a diving save and while Leeds looked the more likely to score in the closing stages, the home bench held their breath when Denis Odoi’s last-gasp drive flew over the crossbar.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Tags: FulhamLeeds UnitedLiverpoolMarcelo Bielsalast_img read more

Lampard considered Chelsea exit

first_imgFrank Lampard considered leaving Chelsea this summer but the club’s record goalscorer was delighted to be offered a 12-month extension and now hopes to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the term of his new deal. Press Association There had been doubts over whether Chelsea wanted to keep the player who on Saturday surpassed Bobby Tambling’s 43-year-old club goalscoring record tally, netting twice at Aston Villa to take his total Chelsea tally to 203 goals. Lampard stressed talks had been going on in private for a while, but at one stage he was considering life away from the club he joined from West Ham in 2001. “From January onwards I was allowed to look at my other options, and it wasn’t cut and dried. I don’t want to get into all the behind-the-scenes stuff but I was in a position where I was looking at other options and that could have become a reality,” Lampard told Sky Sports News. “But at the same time I wanted to get my head down and try to show here that I could play and contribute and that I was fit enough. “In January I had been out of the team for two months with an injury, wasn’t a regular, so I wanted to have a chance to do that. The talks at the club have been pretty much ongoing for a while now but it wasn’t something we wanted to throw out there while important games were going on. “As you get older you start to think about the time to walk away or when you might be told to walk away actually. But I love it here. I’ve got a great association with the club and with the fans. I live locally. It is my life here and that’s what I didn’t want to change. “I want that to continue for as long as possible. I signed for a year extension; I’d love to be part of the next few years of Chelsea developing. The fresh young players that we’ve seen come in this year are only going to get better and integrate better into the team. If I can help that happen on the pitch and off the pitch I’d be really happy.” center_img The England midfielder has hinted he would be thrilled if former manager Jose Mourinho returns to the Blues to fill the vacancy interim boss Rafael Benitez will leave behind when he departs at the end of the season. But the only certainty a day on from Chelsea’s Europa League triumph against Benfica in Amsterdam was that Lampard, who turns 35 next month, will be spending another year with the west London club. “I think everybody knows how much I wanted to stay here. I’m just very pleased now to look to the future,” Lampard said. last_img read more

Toomey looking forward to experimental rule change

first_imgThe ‘mark’ will be one of three experimental rules to be trialled in the Leinster minor football league, which gets underway next month.A maximum of three consecutive hand-passes will be permitted while there will be no back-passing to goalkeepers allowed. The competition is used by minor managers in the province to finalise their squads and to prepare for the championship. The rules are being trialled to encourage high-fielding and to curb hand-passing which Tommy Toomey says is a good thing.last_img read more