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Result: Leeds outclass struggling Hull to return to Championship summit

Roberts scored a superb goal from distance.

Leeds returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a deserved 1-0 victory at troubled Hull.

Tyler Roberts' terrific goal from distance after 51 minutes was reward for a swashbuckling start to the second half as Marcelo Bielsa's team won at a canter against limited opponents.

By contrast to Leeds' enterprise, Hull looked short of ideas and low in confidence.

They have now gained just one point from their last four games and remain in deep relegation trouble, whereas Leeds supporters left East Yorkshire with far loftier ambitions.

In a sign of things to come, the visitors – unchanged for a fifth consecutive game – were sharp and alert in the early exchanges, and Mateusz Klich should perhaps have scored after just seven minutes.

Gianni Alioski teed up the Poland international on the edge of Hull's penalty area, but Klich screwed a curling shot wide of the left post.

But the home team gradually edged into the game, and did well to put the brakes on a Leeds midfield that had started with such intent.

Indeed, Nigel Adkins' men might even have taken the lead had Tommy Elphick's goal-bound volley from Kamil Grosicki's corner not struck the backside of Chris Martin.

Despite having lost Jackson Irvine to injury after 27 minutes, Hull still looked a relative threat on their fleeting advances into their opponents' half.

Yet there was nothing sleek about their other chance of the first half when Eric Lichaj's free-kick from deep inside his half was not claimed by Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Jarrod Bowen controlled Lichaj's speculative punt but scuffed a shot at the legs of Peacock-Farrell, who was badly out of position.

Leeds soon regained focus, though, and created the best opportunity of the first half after 36 minutes.

Roberts was given too much space inside Hull's penalty box and threaded a deft flick to Alioski, who scuffed a left-footed shot wide from eight yards.

Luke Ayling and Barry Douglas also gave Hull moments of concern as Leeds finished the first period in control.

It was a similar story after the restart. Roberts forced David Marshall into an intelligent parry three minutes into the second half, while Ayling's lob from a tight angle hit the roof the Hull net moments later.

Hull could now not live with Leeds, who charged into the lead thanks to Roberts' fine finish.

The Wales international drifted into space 25 yards from goal and had the time to direct a perfect low strike into Marshall's bottom-left corner.

Hull responded meekly – substitute Nouha Dicko's late flick was easily saved by Peacock-Farrell and was as good as it got – as Leeds closed out the game with plenty in hand.

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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa pictured in August 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Middlesbrough13742167925
2Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd138142215725
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1373331181324
4Leeds UnitedLeeds1365223111223
5Derby CountyDerby136341714321
6Norwich CityNorwich136341716121
7Blackburn RoversBlackburn135621616021
8Wigan AthleticWigan136251516-120
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham CityBirmingham133821412217
15Swansea CitySwansea134541210217
16Queens Park RangersQPR135261119-817
17Stoke CityStoke134451719-216
18Bolton WanderersBolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham133371020-1012
21Preston North EndPreston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull City132381120-99
24Ipswich TownIpswich131661120-99

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