Bart’s OG so cru­cial as Whites stay on top

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By NEIL NAI­SMITH

PABLO HER­NAN­DEZ cre­ated panic – and a goal – di­rect from a cor­ner as Leeds sur­vived a ma­jor scare to beat Ip­swich and main­tain their po­si­tion at the top of the Cham­pi­onship.

The Spa­niard prof­ited from a shock­ing goal­keep­ing er­ror from Bar­tosz Bialkowski, who pushed his drilled set-piece into his own net.

The own-goal gave the Whites breath­ing space af­ter Pierre-Michel La­sogga and Kalvin Phillips had net­ted ei­ther side of David McGoldrick’s equaliser.

Joe Gar­ner pulled a goal back for Ip­swich soon af­ter Bialkowski’s gaffe.

But Leeds held on at a sold-out El­land Road to en­sure they bounced back from last Satur­day’s league de­feat at Mill­wall.

Ip­swich boss Mick McCarthy re­fused to blame Bialkowski for his er­ror.

He said: “I can for­give Bartz. He prob­a­bly kept us in the league last sea­son. He has been bril­liant, so there are no re­crim­i­na­tions there.”

La­sogga fired Leeds ahead in the 13th minute af­ter Conor Shaugh­nessy put it on a plate for the Ger­man striker.

But the hosts be­came too waste­ful in pos­ses­sion and Ip­swich made them pay in the 29th minute when McGoldrick equalised, un­marked in the six-yard box.

Yet Leeds were back in front within two min­utes through Phillips, who latched on to a Sa­muel Saiz lay-off and rounded Bialkowski be­fore slot­ting home.

Leeds went 3-1 up in bizarre fash­ion in the 67th minute as Her­nan­dez’s cor­ner was some­how di­verted over the line by an un­chal­lenged Bialkowski.

But back came Ip­swich and Do­minic Iorfa’s cross was pushed into the box by Felix Wied­wald and into the path of Gar­ner, who tapped in.

When asked what Ip­swich’s am­bi­tions were this sea­son, McCarthy said: “My aim al­ways is to piss all those peo­ple off who write me off.”

Leed head coach Thomas Chris­tiansen said: “It was a game that had ev­ery­thing. The most im­por­tant thing is we got the three points.

“Ip­swich were only two points away from us, so we knew it was a six-point game.”

ON TAR­GET: Kalvin Phillips

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