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Leeds add more drama with late Hull win to return second in Championship

Late Crysencio Summerville and Dan James goals saw Leeds end a dramatic day in the Championship with a 3-1 win over Hull City to lift them up to second.

After Ipswich’s 97th-minute winner to keep them top of the table, Leeds’ weekend looked likely to end as a damp squib until Summerville was bundled over by Regan Slater in the penalty area three minutes from time.

The hosts had struck first with a rare goal from Sam Byram, who nodded in after Summerville had been denied, but they were made to pay for a succession of missed chances after that.

Patrick Bamford somehow skied an effort over from four yards before Hull equalised from their first chance when Fabio Carvalho got across his man to turn Tyler Morton’s cross past Illan Meslier.

The visitors played their part from then on but Leeds continued to squander opportunities, and substitute Mateo Joseph was left with his head in his hands when he struck the base of the post from close range.

Eventually, it needed a rash intervention from Slater to hand Leeds the chance to return to the automatic promotion places, and after wrestling the ball off Joel Piroe, Summerville beat Allsop to restore Leeds’ advantage from 12 yards.

James then secured three points with a spectacular third from almost the half-way line in the final seconds with Allsop still upfield from a Hull corner.

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After Leicester and Ipswich had won on the same matchday for the first time in almost a month, Leeds knew only three points would keep them inside the automatic promotion spots.

They began as though it was top of their minds, and raced into an early lead when Byram bundled in the rebound after Allsop had palmed Summerville’s angled drive into his path.

That was the first shot on target of the game, and it remained that way until Hull’s equaliser though Bamford should have hit the target, if not scored, when he spooned James’ low cross over the bar on the slide.

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Liverpool loanee Fabio Carvalho pulled Hull level against Leeds at Elland Road with a clever flick in the Sky Bet Championship

He looked bewildered as he sat in the Hull goal net, as well he might.

In a strange first half, Hull dominated possession while badly lacking a natural striker until Carvalho showed his predatory instincts to get across Ethan Ampadu at the near post and finish off Morton’s cross.

The visitors would have deserved their equaliser come the break but for a flurry of last-gasp Leeds chances in the dying moments of the half.

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Crysencio Summerville had an eventful few minutes at Elland Road as he won a penalty for Leeds before taking the ball off the designated taker and scoring from the spot

Georginio Rutter seized on a poor Lewie Coyle clearance and twice tested Allsop, before Bamford inadvertently blocked Summerville at the third attempt and was flagged offside to let Hull off the hook.

The visitors returned for the second period with renewed vigour, and Jaden Philogene finally burst into life when he bent a low effort inches past the far post with Meslier stretching.

As they continued their bright start to the half, Abdulkadir Omur wasted the Tigers’ best chance of the game by firing wide when totally unmarked inside the box.

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Sam Byram nodded Leeds United ahead against Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship

Joseph replaced the wasteful Bamford with 18 minutes remaining and soon weighed in with his own near miss when he turned Junior Firpo’s square ball onto the woodwork from six yards.

It looked as though that would be the latest in a line of misses Leeds would be made to rue. But they did not let their heads drop, and got their reward when Summerville was bundled over by Slater just inside the area.

Substitute Piroe looked to take the penalty at first, but was left bewildered when it was taken off him by his forward partner.

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Dan James scored from the 40 yards for Leeds to seal his side’s victory over Hull and quickly recover from missing the decisive penalty for Wales in their Euro 2024 shootout loss to Poland

“I felt good in the game, we had a few chances and I thought this one is mine,” Summerville later told Sky Sports. “I took it, so I’m happy with the goal today.”

He put the added pressure of his personal intervention behind him to beat Allsop from 12 yards and finally put Leeds back in the driving seat, before the goal of the game rounded off victory in added time.

Allsop went forward for a last-minute Hull corner and after Leeds eventually cleared, James tried his luck from just inside the opposition half and saw his 45-yard effort bounce into the empty net for a stunning third.

That set the celebrations off all around Elland Road with victory – and a place back in the automatic spots – finally secured.

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