MX23RW : Friday, January 18 10:31:12
Aug 6, 2017 at 4.30pm UK at ​Reebok Stadium
Attendance: 19,857
BoltonBolton Wanderers
2-3
LeedsLeeds United
Madine (39'), Le Fondre (67' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-3)
Phillips (7', 42'), Wood (30')

Result: Leeds United survive Bolton Wanderers fightback to claim narrow victory

Leeds United survive a spirited Bolton Wanderers fightback to claim a 3-2 win in Sunday's Championship opener at the Macron Stadium.

Leeds United have secured a 3-2 win in their first Championship match of the season against newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers in Sunday's clash at the Macron Stadium.

The visitors took the lead after just seven minutes when a corner whipped in low by Pablo Hernandez was curled home first time by Kalvin Phillips.

On the half-hour mark, Thomas Christiansen's charges found themselves two goals to the good, Kemar Roofe's cross being headed back across goal by Ezgjan Alioski and nodded home by Chris Wood via the crossbar.

The hosts managed to halve the deficit six minutes before half time, however, when Gary Madine headed a Josh Vela corner past Felix Wiedwald.

However, Leeds restored their two-goal advantage just three minutes later, Hernandez playing in Wood, who beat the offside trap and teed up for Phillips to slot away his second.

Bolton were once again given hope of mounting a comeback when Madine was hauled down in the box 67 minutes in, prompting the referee to award a penalty that Adam Le Fondre coolly slotted down the middle.

With the clock ticking, the Trotters upped their attacks, but Leeds held firm at the back to claim all three points, while the hosts suffered yet more misery as Vela had to be stretchered off late in stoppage time.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds27166546281854
2Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27155746281850
3Norwich CityNorwich27148549351450
4West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27138655352047
5Middlesbrough271210530191146
6Derby CountyDerby2712783834443
7Bristol City2711883429541
8Birmingham CityBirmingham2791263930939
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2791263931839
10Hull City27116103933639
11Queens Park RangersQPR27116103335-239
12Aston Villa2791174943638
13Swansea CitySwansea27107103632437
14Blackburn RoversBlackburn2791083541-637
15Stoke CityStoke2781183134-335
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2788113245-1332
17Brentford27710103937231
18Preston North EndPreston2779113944-530
19Wigan AthleticWigan2785142840-1229
20Millwall2777133343-1028
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham27510122542-1725
22Reading2758143041-1123
23Bolton WanderersBolton2757151840-2222
24Ipswich TownIpswich2739152246-2418

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