Leeds 2-1 QPR: Kemar Roofe’s brace helps Marcelo Bielsa’s side come from behind to maintain promotion push
- Kemar Roofe scored twice as Leeds came from behind to beat QPR on Saturday
- Nahki Wells put the visitors ahead after 26 minutes against the run of play
- Roofe scored his first in first-half stoppage time before slamming a penalty away
- Victory keeps Leeds a single point behind Norwich and five clear of Derby
Queens Park Rangers must be sick of the sight of Kemar Roofe.
A double from Leeds’ top scorer took his personal tally to half a dozen in his last three appearances against them and kept the Yorkshire club on course to celebrate their centenary with a much-coveted promotion.
Right now, Leeds supporters are marking their 100th year by having a ton of fun. This, their fourth win in a row, which came despite injuries leaving them bereft of defenders, provided a five-point buffer over those in the play-off spots.
Kemar Roofe scored twice as Leeds came from behind to beat QPR on Saturday
Wells drew the hosts level with a smart close range finish in first-half stoppage time
The striker than put Leeds ahead by slamming home a penalty kick just after the break
Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Shackleton, Phillips, Jansson, Douglas, Forshaw, Hernandez (Clarke 86), Samuel (Halme 81), Klich, Alioski, Roofe.
Subs not used: Bamford, Huffer, Harrison, Baker, Davis.
Goals: Roofe 45+3 & 53
Booked: Phillips, Klich
QPR: Lumley, Rangel, Leistner, Lynch, Bidwell, Luongo, Cameron (Scowen 46), Wszolek (Samuel 73), Eze (Smith 78), Freeman, Wells.
Subs not used: Ingram, Furlong, Cousins, Hemed.
Goals: Wells 26
Booked: Lynch, Rangel, Leistner, Scowen
Referee: Peter Banks
It was conceived after the visitors snatched the lead against the run of play – and in the face of profligacy from that man Roofe – when Leeds coughed up possession to present Nahki Wells with a run on goal.
Despite being 1-0 down, however, the pressure exerted by Marcelo Bielsa’s team told.
Twice prior to the equaliser in first-half in first-half injury time, Roofe had squandered chances with just goalkeeper Joe Lumley to beat, the first as early as the second minute.
With Stuart Dallas ruled out for up to six weeks with a foot injury, Jamie Shackleton was handed a full home league debut on the right side of a makeshift Leeds defence.
And it was from the teenager’s right-wing delivery that Roofe squirted a near-post chance into the side netting.
Just 60 seconds later and Shackleton picked out Pablo Hernandez only for the one-time Spanish international to shank his volley.
The flood of Leeds attacks kept on coming, the only respite being just after the quarter hour when Joel Lynch was warned about time wasting by referee Peter Bankes.
And Roofe’s failure to get a strong enough connection on a ball that deflected into his path six yards out allowed Lumley to save at the base of his post just before Wells concluded a rare QPR breakaway by accepting Angel Rangel’s pass and caressing past the advancing Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Naki Wells found himself through on goal and took the chance well to put QPR in front
Wells wheels away in celebration after his goal came against the run of play at Elland Road
Victory keeps Marcelo Bielsa’s side just a single point behind Norwich and five clear of Derby
The visitors failed to hold until the break, though, as persistent probing around the Leeds penalty area saw Pablo Hernandez shimmy into space, feign to shoot and then prod goalwards for Roofe to apply the finishing touch.
Within eight second-half minutes, Roofe had 10 Championship goals for the season after QPR captain Toni Leistner was adjudged to have impeded his control of the ball with the use of a hand.
Roofe – who scored a hat-trick at Loftus Road and also in the home win in May last season – sent Lumley the wrong way from 12 yards.
And the former Oxford striker would have been going home with the match ball had his attempted nutmeg on Lumley, following a sublime interchange with Samuel Saiz, come off.
But neither that, the rain that teemed down all afternoon, nor Norwich’s late winner that deprived them of top spot in the Championship, could douse the feelgood factor at Elland Road right now.