Ex-Swans Piroe and James help Leeds rise to third

Published on: 29 November 2023

Joel Piroe's goal was his seventh in the Championship since joining Leeds from Swansea in the summer

Joel Piroe and Dan James both scored against their former club as Leeds moved up to third in the Championship with a 3-1 win over Swansea.

The Swans took the lead in the first minute through a sublime Jamie Paterson chip, but Piroe equalised within three minutes with a calm finish.

Georginio Rutter put the hosts ahead in first-half stoppage time after his deft touch allowed him to race clear.

James then slammed home after Rutter turned provider to seal Leeds' victory.

Leeds were good value for their 10th league win of the season as they do their best to keep up with the relentless pace being set at the top of the table by Leicester and Ipswich.

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Daniel Farke selected three ex-Swansea players in his starting XI in Joe Rodon, James and Piroe, with the visiting supporters surely fearing they would be hurt by one of their high-profile exes.

Indeed, those fears looked like they might be realised straight from kick-off when James thought he had given the hosts the lead as he steered home from close range, but the offside flag denied him.

Swansea took advantage of the let-off in stunning style as they swept up the other end to score, with Paterson exquisitely chipping Illan Meslier to put the ball in the net for a second time in the opening minute.

Leeds' disappointment at going behind inside 60 seconds lasted for only three minutes as Piroe collected from Crysencio Summerville's smart through ball and steered the ball beyond Swansea goalkeeper Carl Rushworth to score in his first appearance against his former club.

The hosts came into this contest in their best form at Elland Road since 2019, but they found Swansea's resistance stubborn as Josh Key went close for the visitors who themselves had won three of their previous four away games.

However, Leeds' quality in attack meant they went into the break ahead as Rutter's superb control allowed him to race clear and finish coolly from Ethan Ampadu's long through ball.

Farke's side continued to push for a third goal with Glen Kamara's effort blocked before Summerville blasted over after Rutter found him in space.

Key's misplaced pass out from the back presented James with a fine chance to put Leeds clear, but the Wales winger fired straight at Rushworth despite having time and space in the box.

James made amends just past the hour, finishing with power from close range to score for the fourth home league game in succession.

Leeds look formidable at Elland Road, having now won six home league games in a row and they might have added a fourth via substitute Patrick Bamford, but he fired wide and saw another effort saved by Rushworth.

Former Crystal Palace and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie made his Swansea debut as a 79th-minute substitute, but he was powerless to stop Michael Duff's side from slipping to a defeat that leaves them 18th in the Championship.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsLeeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Meslier22Gray14Rodon21Struijk25Byram4Ampadu8Kamara20James7Piroe10Summerville24Rutter

    1Meslier22Gray14Rodon21StruijkSubstituted forCooperat 89'minutes25ByramSubstituted forFirpoat 80'minutes4Ampadu8Kamara20JamesSubstituted forGnontoat 70'minutes7Piroe10SummervilleSubstituted forAnthonyat 80'minutes24RutterSubstituted forBamfordat 70'minutes

Substitutes

    3Firpo6Cooper9Bamford12Anthony27Poveda28Darlow29Gnonto39Spence44Gruev

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

22Rushworth2Key5Cabango33Humphreys14Tymon4Fulton8Grimes31Cooper12Paterson10Lowe9Yates

    22Rushworth2KeySubstituted forDarlingat 70'minutes5Cabango33Humphreys14Tymon4FultonSubstituted forPatinoat 71'minutes8Grimes31CooperSubstituted forCullenat 71'minutes12PatersonSubstituted forWalshat 79'minutes10LoweBooked at 73mins9YatesSubstituted forBolasieat 79'minutes

Substitutes

    1Fisher6Darling17Bolasie18Patino20Cullen21Tjoe-A-On26Naughton28Walsh45Congreve

Referee:Sam AllisonAttendance:34,905Match StatsHome TeamLeedsAway TeamSwanseaPossessionHome50%Away50%ShotsHome18Away10Shots on TargetHome8Away2CornersHome6Away5FoulsHome12Away11Live Text Post update

Match ends, Leeds United 3, Swansea City 1.

90'+5'Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Swansea City 1.

90'+3'Post update

Attempt missed. Jaidon Anthony (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Archie Gray with a cross.

90'+2'Post update

Glen Kamara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Liam Walsh (Swansea City).

90'+2'Post update

Attempt saved. Harry Darling (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross.

90'+1'Post update

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

89'Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Liam Cooper replaces Pascal Struijk because of an injury.

86'Post update

Attempt blocked. Liam Walsh (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Patino.

86'Post update

Foul by Joe Rodon (Leeds United).

86'Post update

Jamal Lowe (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85'Post update

Foul by Glen Kamara (Leeds United).

85'Post update

Charlie Patino (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'Post update

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Liam Cullen.

84'Post update

Attempt blocked. Joe Rodon (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jaidon Anthony with a cross.

84'Post update

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Harry Darling.

84'Post update

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Glen Kamara.

83'Post update

Joël Piroe (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Post update

Foul by Liam Walsh (Swansea City).

81'Post update

Offside, Swansea City. Harry Darling is caught offside.

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Source: bbc.com

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