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Leeds United are tonight firmly back in the hunt for promotion, following an excellent display of defending at the Keepmoat and a brilliant free-kick from on loan defender, Alan Sheehan.

An heroic performance from the Whites put them back into sixth place thanks to a wonder strike from recent signing Sheehan. The on loan left-back from Leicester dealt a bitter blow to Doncaster Rovers automatic promotion dreams, but ensured Leeds United are still promotion contenders.

Paul Green took down Jonathan Douglas at the edge of the area on the 20th minute, and Alan Sheehan stepped up for the free-kick. He struck it sweetly, curling it into the top left hand corner of former Leeds keeper, Neil Sullivan’s net.

Leeds then had to weather an attacking Doncaster Rovers enslaught, as they looked to restore parity. However, a bit of luck, some strong, determined defending from Leeds and a much improved Casper Ankergren kept the home side behind, and Leeds came away victors.

SuperLeeds.com man of the match – Alan Sheehan

Several players could have easily been picked for man of the match tonight, but Alan Sheehan has proved a quality loan signing, and worthy winner. He’s filled the left-back position that Leeds have been having problems with for a while. The goal alone makes him worthy of the man of the match, but he also worked hard all game to ensure Leeds kept a clean sheet and came away victors.

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Jermaine BeckfordTwo goals from Jermaine Beckford helped get Leeds United’s promotion dreams back on track as they cruised to victory against fellow promotion chasing Walsall.

Walsall started the game with five in midfield, and a lone striker, perhaps hoping to dominate the match by controlling the centre, but it was Leeds who started brightly and should have been one up early on when Freedman put Beckford through on goal, only for him to narrowly fire wide.

Beckford soon made up for the miss though after Kilkenny broke free and played the ball forward to Beckford who took the pass neatly in his stride, rounded the Walsall keeper and slotted home from a difficult angle on the 29th minute.

The Leeds team had improved significantly following the recent bad run of form, and looked to be in complete control as they headed in for half time 1-0 up.

However, Walsall came out after the break looking much livelier and earnt a free-kick on the edge of the area. The resulting shot was fired narrowly over, before Mooney missed a complete sitter minutes later. The goal was at his mercy, but the lone Walsall front-man somehow hit his shot over the bar as a relieved Gary McAllister looked on.

Leeds dug deep and survived Walsall’s brief onslaught, before getting back into there stride. Alan Sheehan’s 30-yard free-kick and Bradley Johnson’s header forced two good saves from the Walsall keeper.  

Leeds kept Walsall’s defence busy as they carried on attacking, in search of the second goal which would ultimately seal the crucial three points, and with ten minutes left, Jermaine Beckford and Kilkenny linked once more to send Walsall home with nothing. Beckford’s pace saw him ease past the Walsall defence to score his 19th of the season, before heading off to celebrate with the fans in the North-East corner – myself included.

A much improved Leeds United controlled the majority of the game, attacked throughout and completely deserved the 2-0 victory. Jonathan Douglas also made his return following three months sidelined with injury. The Republic of Ireland international played the final 10 minutes of the game, replacing Johnson, and Tresor Kandol was brought on for Dougie Freedman who received a standing ovation from the Leeds faithful.

Final score: Leeds United (Beckford 29, 80) 2 Walsall 0
Attendance: 19,095

SuperLeeds.com man of the match – Jermaine Beckford

I was tempted to go for Dougie Freedman as this weeks man of the match, but decided to go for Jermaine to make up for my earlier post questioning whether or not the striker deserved a first team place. He’s well and truly silenced the critics and it’s great to have him scoring again.

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Anthony EldingAnthony Elding has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he hopes to have “planted a seed” in Gary McAllister’s mind ahead of Saturdays must win six-pointer at home to Walsall.

The stiker who joined Leeds from Stockport at the end of January is in good form, coming off the bench to net a consolation goal against Cheltenham last week, before netting twice against Sheffield Wednesday in a reserve fixture on Tuesday.

Elding – a childhood Leeds United fan – thinks McAllister thought he may be a little overwhelmed by his arrival at Elland Road and this has perhaps hindered his chances of making the starting line up so far “I feel he (McAllister) thought I was in awe of the club at the start, which I was – it’s fair to be said. But I’ve settled down a lot more now. I’m sure if I’m given a run over the course of the season, I’ll get some goals.”

With Jermaine Beckford unable to find the back of the net lately, the timing couldn’t be better for Elding. Jermaine still sits on top of the League Ones goal scorers, but has found the back of the net only once -from a penalty – in the last twelve fixtures. McAllister hasn’t been afraid to axe regulars in recent weeks either, with Tresor Kandol and Frazer Richardson finding themselves dropped after poor performances.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Douglas has said he’s delighted to be back in the mix after being sidelined with an injury for the past three month. He played the entire 90 minutes of Leeds’ reserve fixture on Tuesday, and now aims to play a part in the team as Leeds chase promotion to the Championship.

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Georges BaGary McAllister has handed a trial to 29-year-old, Ivory Coast striker Georges Ba.

 McAllister had his first glimpse of the striker after he took part in a reserve fixture against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night. Ba failed to score, and was replaced by youngster, Tom Elliot after 81 minutes.

Anthony Elding, who scored his first goal for Leeds United in the 2-1 defeat to Cheltenham last week scored twice as Leeds’ reserves drew 2-2.  

Although Gary McAllister now has numerous options upfront, with the likes of Tresor Kandol, Jermaine Beckford, Anthony Elding and Dougie Freedman all available, he may well look to Ba for further strength following Leon Constantine’s loan move.

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland international Jonathan Douglas made his long awaited return to action in the reserve clash playing the entire game with no problems reported.

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