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Elland Road (ATT 21,901) 30th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Leeds Leeds United vs Bolton Wanderers Bolton

Leeds 1

S Warnock (17)


Bolton 0

Sky Bet Championship: Stephen Warnock earns Leeds 1-0 win over Bolton

Last Updated: 01/09/14 11:43am

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Stephen Warnock: Hit the winner for Leeds

Stephen Warnock: Hit the winner for Leeds

Leeds began life after David Hockaday with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Bolton in their Championship clash at Elland Road.

Stephen Warnock's 17th-minute goal was enough to end a run of three defeats in all competitions but goalkeeper Marco Silvestri needed to find some top-class saves to make the points safe.

The sacking of head coach  Hockaday after just six competitive games in charge left Academy boss Neil Redfearn picking the team against Dougie Freedman's visitors, who have now gleaned just one point from their opening five matches.

Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke is among the front-runners for the Elland Road job as president Massimo Cellino looks to appoint another home-based coach, with Redfearn in temporary charge.

Leeds gave a debut to Danish midfielder Casper Sloth whose first two passes failed to find their man and he took time to settle into his new environment.

Bolton suffered a blow as early as the seventh minute when injured central defender David Wheater was replaced by France Under-21 international Dorian Dervite. Yet Wanderers were a coat of paint away from taking a 12th-minute lead when Joe Mason lost marker Jason Pearce through the middle and saw his powerful shot tipped against the bar by Silvestri.

Five minutes later Leeds were ahead, though whether the 'shot' was intentional is open to doubt.

Warnock, from just inside the left corner of the penalty box, drove the ball low into the goalmouth and it skipped by everyone on its way into the net. It was Warnock's first goal since February and the third of his Leeds career.

Mason squandered his second clear chance five minutes before the interval by firing straight at Silvestri from 15 yards, and after Billy Sharp's angled shot cleared Bolton's bar by inches, Silvestri denied Mason for a third time.

Leeds lost Warnock 10 minutes into the second half when he hobbled to the dressing room, to be replaced by Charlie Taylor who spent last season on loan at Fleetwood.

Youngsters Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook showed some mature touches in midfield for Leeds who wanted the cushion of a second goal, but Silvestri had to pull off a full-length diving save to keep out Lee Chung-yong's 30-yard drive as Bolton continued to threaten.

Sloth made way for Zan Benedicic, and former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford was released from the Bolton's bench in place of Craig Davies with 12 minutes left.

Five minutes of time was added, Silvestri making a vital double save from Beckford's close-in header and Lee's follow-up as Leeds hung on for their second Championship win of the season.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 45 25