Thursday 29 September 2016

Dogged Leeds hold off rivals

Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 2

Published 31/01/2016 | 02:30

Souleymane Doukara of Leeds United celebrates his goal during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United at the Macron Stadium. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Souleymane Doukara of Leeds United celebrates his goal during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United at the Macron Stadium. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Toumani Diagouraga marked his first start for Leeds with a goal as Steve Evans' side beat Championship rivals Bolton to reach the FA Cup fifth round.

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Souleymane Doukara put the Elland Road outfit in front early on but after bossing much of the match Leeds were forced into some late desperate defending.

Wanderers' captain Darren Pratley netted for a fourth time in six games to pull a goal back before top scorer Gary Madine hit the post four minutes from time.

That proved as close as the Lancastrians got, much to the delight of nearly 7,000 Leeds fans inside the storm-lashed Macron Stadium.

Doukara shot the visitors in front after nine minutes with a large helping hand from at-fault Wanderers keeper Ben Amos.

And Frenchman Diagouraga netted his first goal since moving from Griffin Park six minutes from half-time to double Leeds' advantage.

After beating Eastleigh in a third round replay and MK Dons last weekend more was expected of a Bolton outfit lining up with only one recognised striker in Madine.

Impressive Diacouraga followed his goal with an early second half caution for bringing down Preston target Liam Feeney but Leeds remained on top.

Giuseppe Bellusci came forward from the back to take a free-kick nearly 40 yards out that had Amos anxiously pushing the ball over the top of his crossbar.

Manager Neil Lennon tried to change Wanderers' fortunes after 67 minutes, taking off Arsenal loanee Wellington Silva and Mark Davies for Kalyne Woolery and Jay Spearing. Madine then shot straight at Marco Silvestri after 70 minutes in a rare home attack.

Scott Wootton joined the attack to fire high as Leeds sought a third goal to kill the tie. Skipper Pratley, strangely subdued from recent displays, saw a goalbound effort blocked by Bellusci.

But the captain came up with his latest goal 10 minutes from time to give the Trotters' hope.

Madine then struck the woodwork with Leeds rattled but the Yorkshiremen held on for a win.

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