Poleon to the rescue as Leeds United struggle to beat ten-man Bournemouth (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Dominic Poleon to the rescue as Leeds United struggle to beat ten-man Bournemouth
10:56pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
Leeds United 2 Bournemouth 1
Dominic Poleon volleyed home his first league goal of the season to clinch an unconvincing win over ten-man Bournemouth.
Second-half substitute Poleon lashed home a knockdown from former Bournemouth defender Jason Pearce in the 80th minute to secure Leeds their first Championship win in four matches.
But the manner in which Leeds halted a four-game losing sequence will surely be of concern to manager Brian McDermott as they laboured against a Cherries side harshly reduced to ten men in the 31st minute.
Goalkeeper Ryan Allsop was shown a straight red card after being adjudged to have brought down Leeds striker Noel Hunt.
Replacement keeper Darryl Flahavan saved Ross McCormack’s subsequent penalty and, although Leeds struck through McCormack early in the second half, Lewis Grabban fired the visitors level.
Bournemouth had enjoyed a comfortable first half an hour and it was Grabban who had blazed the game’s first shot over the crossbar in the 28th minute.
Leeds had been unable to muster a single effort on target when they were fortuitously offered the chance to take the lead three minutes later.
The ball ricocheted back into Hunt’s path in the Bournemouth penalty area and when the Leeds striker tumbled under Allsop’s sprawling dive to gather the ball, referee David Coote pointed immediately to the spot.
If that decision seemed harsh, the visiting bench looked on in dismay when Coote showed Allsop a straight red card – but Flahavan saved McCormack’s spot-kick low down to his left and the rebound was hacked clear.
But the home fans did not have to wait long for Leeds to make the breakthrough.
Teenage midfielder Alex Mowatt, making an impressive home debut, fed marau-ding left back Stephen Warnock and his superb low cross was swept home from close range by McCormack in the 52nd minute.
Bournemouth levelled when a long free-kick was headed on by Eunan O’Kane and lashed home on the volley by Grabban in the 73rd minute.
Leeds skipper Rudy Austin was thwarted at the far post by Flahavan’s one-handed save soon after but the home side went back in front ten minutes from time.
Mowatt’s deep cross was headed back across the six-yard box by former Bournemouth defender Jason Pearce and Poleon rammed home his first league goal of the season.
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