Kyle Bartley’s late winner secured a first home win for Leeds United since mid-April as they overcame Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Elland Road on Wednesday. The defender on loan from Swansea headed in an Alex Mowatt free-kick with 4 minutes of normal time remaining to seal the closely contested tie.
The hosts looked set to be cruising for a straightforward victory when substitute Chris Wood scored in the 66th minute to give them the lead. Blackburn Rovers however responded with an equaliser from Marvin Emnes to leave the tie wide open heading into the final 10 minutes. The game was finally won in the 86th minute when Bartley rose highest to head home Mowatt’s free-kick.
After the win, Leeds manager Gary Monk was quick to stress on the character of his team underlining the team’s sheer will to win as the deciding factor in the win over Rovers.
An assessment more than espoused by loanee Kyle Bartley who went to the extent of reproving and shoving team-mate Hadi Sacko for dangerously losing possession as Leeds were leading 2-1. While the mistake didn’t prove costly, Bartley made it a point to give the winger a good tell off following the mistake from the winger.
A potential captain in the making if the loan becomes permanent. Check the incident below!
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