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

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: Stephen Warnock earns Leeds 1-0 win over Bolton


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

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Welbeck may stay


  • Aston Villa hope to sign Tom Cleverley, and Sunderland are closing on Sebastien Coates, but Manchester United will not sell Danny Welbeck.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Neil Redfearn refuses to rule himself out of the running for the Leeds job


  • Caretaker manager Neil Redfearn refused to rule himself out of the running to succeed David Hockaday as head coach as Leeds ended a run of three defeats with a 1-0 home victory over luckless Bolton.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bolton's Liam Trotter out for 10 weeks with hamstring injury


  • Bolton's Liam Trotter has been ruled out of action for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury.

  • Transfer news: Bolton Wanderers rule out signing Jordon Ibe and Max Clayton


  • Bolton Wanderers have ruled themselves out of the running to sign Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe and striker Max Clayton from Crewe Alexandra.

  • Capital One Cup: Third-round draw sends Bradford to MK Dons


  • MK Dons' reward for knocking Manchester United out of the Capital One Cup is a third-round home tie against fellow League One side Bradford.

  • Transfer news: Alex Baptiste targets permanent Blackburn switch


  • Alex Baptiste is hoping there will be a permanent deal to be done with Blackburn Rovers at the end of his season-long loan.

  • Capital One Cup: Bolton boss Dougie Freedman hails Andy Lonergan after win at Crewe


  • Bolton boss Dougie Freedman hailed stand-in goalkeeper Andy Lonergan after Jermaine Beckford's extra-time strike clinched a 3-2 Capital One Cup win at Crewe.

  • Capital One Cup: Bolton edge 3-2 thriller over Crewe


  • Jermaine Beckford's late double won it for Bolton in a dramatic finish at Gresty Road as Bolton beat Crewe 3-2 in the Capital One Cup second round.

  • Championship highlights: Forest top


  • Watch the goals and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, which saw Nottingham Forest, Watford, Norwich and Wolves claim wins.

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