Leeds United ended their eight game winless run with a victory over Championship leaders Bournemouth.

Luke Murphy earned his side a point against Birmingham on Saturday and netted the winner against the Cherries with a stunning left-footed strike.

Bournemouth were awarded a penalty late on and Giuseppe Bellusci was sent off for fouling a goal-bound Callum Wilson.

But Yann Kermorgant hit the bar with the resulting spot-kick, handing Leeds a valuable three points.

New year, new hope

Leeds' last win was 2-0 against Derby on 29 November

Bournemouth's last defeat on the road was 2-0 at Derby in the Championship on 30 September

Bournemouth have won only one of 13 meetings with Leeds in all competitions

Ipswich can now go top on Wednesday night

Bournemouth remain top by a point but have Ipswich and Middlesbrough close behind - the latter moving up to second following their win over Cardiff on Tuesday.

Leeds, meanwhile, moved six points clear of the relegation zone.

United beat the Cherries 3-1 at the Goldsands Stadium in September but have claimed only three victories since then - against Huddersfield, Blackpool and Derby.

And while Neil Redfearn's side had taken three points from their last seven Championship outings, Bournemouth secured 18 from the same number of games.

But it was the hosts who enjoyed the better first half and went into half-time ahead thanks to Murphy's second goal in as many matches.

The 25-year-old's powerful strike curled into the top corner on 36 minutes and left goalkeeper Artur Boruc well beaten.

Bournemouth thought they had levelled minutes later but Brett Pitman was ruled offside after he pounced on a parried ball from Marco Silvestri, and the Leeds keeper then kept out Wilson's downward header.

Kermorgant and Dan Gosling were introduced early in the second half but a miscommunication between the pair saw neither get on the end of Wilson's cross from the right.

Eddie Howe's side looked to be on course to salvaging a point when Bellusci saw red for tripping Wilson, but in snowy conditions at Elland Road, Kermorgant failed to convert from the spot.

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn:

"I spoke to owner Massimo Cellino on Monday and obviously he was a little bit flat, you can imagine so.

"But he basically said nothing changes. He said it's still my football club, I'm still in charge of it, somebody else will sign the cheques, somebody else will be in front of it, but it's business as usual.

"He wants it to do well. He's as focused and driven as ever and the good thing is the performance shows this club is alive and kicking."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"The big disappointment for us was the way we started and the way we gave Leeds the chance to get their crowd behind them early in the game.

"Our game-plan was to quieten the crowd and try and make a fast start, but Leeds put us under pressure and they played well in the first half.

"They scored a good goal and unfortunately for us it just seemed to be one of those nights when the ball wouldn't go in for us."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Leeds United

  • 01 Silvestri
  • 15 Wootton
  • 05 Bellusci Dismissed
  • 32 Cooper
  • 21 Taylor
  • 07 Murphy
  • 23 Cook Booked
  • 02 Byram Booked
  • 04 Austin (Berardi - 95' )
  • 27 Mowatt (Pearce - 88' )
  • 19 Morison (Sharp - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Pearce
  • 08 Sharp
  • 12 Berardi
  • 13 Taylor
  • 14 Bianchi
  • 29 Doukara
  • 34 Antenucci

AFC Bournemouth

  • 31 Boruc
  • 02 Francis Booked
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook
  • 11 Daniels
  • 30 Ritchie (Stanislas - 72' )
  • 06 Surman
  • 08 Arter (Gosling - 60' )
  • 07 Pugh
  • 13 Wilson
  • 10 Pitman (Kermorgant - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Gosling
  • 15 Smith
  • 18 Kermorgant
  • 19 Stanislas
  • 20 Fraser
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 41 Allsop
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 17,634

Match Stats

Possession

39 61

Shots

12 17

On target

4 3

Corners

7 4

Fouls

8 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0.

90:00 +5:22 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0.

90:00 +4:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Gaetano Berardi replaces Rodolph Austin.

90:00 +3:16

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

87:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Jason Pearce replaces Alex Mowatt.

86:30

Penalty missed! Still Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot.

85:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) is shown the red card.

85:38

Penalty Bournemouth. Callum Wilson draws a foul in the penalty area.

85:38

Penalty conceded by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) after a foul in the penalty area.

84:42

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

84:18

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Alex Mowatt.

83:49 Booking

Booking Sam Byram (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:43

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:43

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

80:50

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

79:00

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:00

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

78:23

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

77:12

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

77:10

Attempt saved. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

75:58

Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

75:58

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:17

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

73:33

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

72:58

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:58

Foul by Billy Sharp (Leeds United).

71:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas replaces Matt Ritchie.

71:02

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

69:37

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

66:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Billy Sharp replaces Steve Morison.

66:27

Offside, Leeds United. Charlie Taylor tries a through ball, but Steve Morison is caught offside.

64:56

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

64:56

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:48

Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

63:26

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a through ball.

59:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Harry Arter.

59:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Brett Pitman.

58:53

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:53

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

56:27

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

55:24

Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:40

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:40

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

54:14

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Giuseppe Bellusci.

53:00

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Brett Pitman.

52:24

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Simon Francis.

51:13

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

48:10

Offside, Leeds United. Marco Silvestri tries a through ball, but Rodolph Austin is caught offside.

47:17

Offside, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

46:20 Booking

Booking Simon Francis (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:45

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

45:45

Steve Morison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0.

41:06

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Byram.

40:23

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

37:53

Offside, Bournemouth. Callum Wilson tries a through ball, but Brett Pitman is caught offside.

37:45

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Arter.

35:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Bournemouth 0. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

33:22

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Scott Wootton.

30:04

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Steve Cook.

28:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:44

Delay in match Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) because of an injury.

26:49

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

26:46

Attempt saved. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

25:19

Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Wootton with a cross.

18:47

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

17:08

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Byram.

14:44 Booking

Booking Lewis Cook (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

14:14

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

14:14

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:43

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

11:37

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:37

Foul by Steve Morison (Leeds United).

11:19

Attempt blocked. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:38

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Steve Cook.

10:07

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

10:07

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:55

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

8:51

Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

8:08

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

7:18

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

7:18

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:11

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

5:36

Offside, Bournemouth. Charlie Daniels tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

3:31

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a fast break.

2:57

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Steve Cook.

1:36

Steve Morison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:36

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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