Middlesbrough 0-1 Leeds: Mateusz Klich's sweet strike keeps visitors on track for the Premier League and deepens Boro & # 39; s relegation anxiety
- Leeds went back inside four points of championship leaders West Brom
- Midfielder Klich led a great shot from the far post in the first half of injury time
- Struggling Boro has three on lost a row and are winless in nine league games
It is often debated whether this fixture derby , but given that two divisions could separate next season's clubs, that argument is likely to have been suspended for a few more years.
Marcelo Bielsa and his aggressive Leeds remain on course for the Premier League thanks to Mateusz Klich's winning strike
However, for Boro and their former Leeds star Jonathan Woodgate, League One is becoming ever larger Danger. In fact, make that a chance after this ninth game with no win and third with no goal.
The clubs can be 72 miles from the field – and have a long-standing aversion – but Borium is a million miles behind. The only surprise was that only the sole purpose made the difference come full-time.
Just when we thought Leeds was about to stagger for a second consecutive season under the heavy demands of their manager, they fought for three consecutive 1-0 wins.
The first half ended with the visiting fans who challenged their hosts with a choir of & # 39; that is why you go down & # 39 ;. And, on the proof of that opening period, they had a point.
Boro never looked like scoring and were it not for goalkeeper Aynsley Pears that they could have been behind with at least four, and even that was a conservative estimate.
But the resistance of Pears would probably never last 90 minutes and he had never heroically performed in the divestment of Leeds until first half injury time.
Bielsa says that Klich is his most reliable player and this is why the Pole managed to find a way to go beyond Pears, having seen his teammates reject a series of opportunities during the previous one 45
Pablo Hernandez had just hit the post when the rebound to Klich was worked by defender Stuart Dallas and the midfielder did the rest with a murderer in the lower corner of 12 yards.
] Previously Boro-striker Patrick Bamford had gone straight for Pears when he was six meters unmarked. Bamford spent the morning of the game responding to a lucky message that Jon Bon Jovi had sent him on talkSPORT radio, informing the rock star of the player's preference for his music.
But Bamford struck all the wrong chords during a frustrating half in which Pears told him three once denied.
Pears' best rescue came when he blocked a Klich explosion before he climbed to his feet and deflected the sequel to Helder Costa.
It was a similar story after the break when Costa turned to outside the area and Pears held out a fist to go straight.
Frankly, Boro ducked in and Pears was a spectator for much of the last half hour, during which Marcus Tavernier cut off the crossbar for the house.
But Kiko Casilla barely had a rescue and that said a lot about how blunt Boro became. Unless they become sharper, they go down.
Meanwhile, Leeds only looks up.