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Monday, May 02, 2011

Big Match Review - Leeds 1 Burnley 0

Leeds United 1-0 Burnley
Saturday April 30, Elland Road, (Att: 31,186)

A Ross McCormack goal maintained Leeds United's interest in the end of season play offs as they ended Burnley's own hopes of a top six finish at Elland Road.

The hosts began on the front foot and went close when Billy Paynter's effort from outside the box was just struck wide of the post.

Eddie Howe's men responded though, with Kasper Schmeichel being forced into a fine save from close range when Michael Duff latched onto Chris Iwelumo's flick on from a free kick.

The game was end to end and it was the Yorkshire side who again went close to opening the scoring when a Paynter header brought the best out of Burnley keeper Brian Jensen to deny him.

However, he was powerless to stop McCormack opening his United account on 33 minutes as he latched onto an incisive through ball to sweep the ball past the Clarets custodian.

Simon Grayson's side went in search of a second, and Paynter twice went close in a matter of minutes. First seeing Jensen save a header and then rolling the ball into the side netting from a difficult angle.

The Lancashire outfit were hanging on, and were once more indebted to Jensen in goal for keeping out Andy O'Brien's powerful header from a free kick and a low effort from McCormack.

Burnley almost made United pay for those missed chances too. Schemichel being forced to tip over a Ross Wallace free kick and then the Whites survived a late goalmouth scramble.

The win leaves Leeds three points off the play offs, knowing even a victory in their final game at Champions QPR might not be enough to overtake Nottingham Forest in 6th.


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