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Posted Sat 27 Oct 12 at 17:20 PM

Leeds 0 Blues 1

Leroy Lita’s 76th minute screamer downed Leeds United in a tight encounter at Elland Road.

The match looked set to end goalless but a piece of magic from Lita meant Blues collected all three points and moved up to 17th in the npower Championship.

The St. Andrew’s outfit deserved a draw at least after defending stoutly against Neil Warnock’s charges, but Lita had other ideas when hammering home his third goal of the season.

After the opening stages of the encounter in West Yorkshire, the game adopted a somewhat low-key tone.

But it was the visitors who were on top early on, with a couple of half chances falling their way.

On two minutes Steven Caldwell tried his luck with an outrageous volley from the edge of the area, and the 32-year-old had Paddy Kenny worried for a moment in the Leeds goal.

Caldwell’s defensive colleague Curtis Davies also went close in the 11th minute, when he was unmarked from Nathan Redmond’s free-kick – and headed wide.

Lee Clark’s men continued to pressurise a shaky looking Leeds side, but the Whites grew into the contest as the half wore on.

Jack Butland was only called into action once during the first 45 minutes, though, when improvising with his legs to save Rudolph Austin’s swerving shot.

Opportunities were hard to come by leading up to the interval, although Lero Lita did enquire for a penalty.

The former England under-21 international appeared to be pushed by Tom Lees at the back post, but Lita declined in making any real appeal.

The second-half was a dull affair, much like the end of the first, and the next chance didn’t arrive until just before the hour mark via Ravel Morrison.

Marlon King’s deflected cross found its way to Morrison in the box – who couldn’t stop a difficult attempt from clearing the bar.

Then on the break Morrison played in King with a huge clearance, but the former Watford marksman could only direct his strike straight at Kenny.

With 20 minutes left and Leeds forever surging into the Blues box, Butland ensured his team kept a clean sheet.

Sam Byram’s ball in picked out El-Hadji Diouf and Butland had to be at his very best to prevent Diouf’s header from flying into the top corner.

But with the clock ticking and a draw looking the likely result, Lita sensationally grabbed victory for the Blues.

The Swansea City loanee only had one thing on his mind after collecting David Murphy’s pass, and that was to rifle home a sensational 30-yard strike past Kenny into the bottom corner.

It could have finished 2-0 if it wasn’t for King’s thrilling drive smacking the woodwork two minutes from time.

Leeds (in numerical order): Paddy Kenny, Lee Peltier (C), Tom Lees (Aidan White 82), Jason Pearce, Rudolph Austin, Luciano Becchio, Danny Pugh, Michael Tonge, David Norris (Ryan Hall 82), El Hadji-Diouf, Sam Byram.
Subs not used (in numerical order): Adam Drury, Paul Green, Jamie Ashdown, Michael Brown, Andy Gray.

Goals: None

Bookings: None

Blues: Jack Butland, Paul Robinson, Steven Caldwell (C), Curtis Davies, David Murphy, Wade Elliott, Ravel Morrison, Hayden Mullins, Nathan Redmond (Chris Burke 67), Leroy Lita, Marlon King (Jonathan Spector 90+2).
Subs not used: Colin Doyle, Mitch Hancox, Will Packwood, Papa Bouba Diop, Darren Ambrose.

Goals: Lita (76)

Bookings: None

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Attendance: 22, 152

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