Leeds United’s impressive seven-game unbeaten streak came to an end at Sunderland, with teenage midfielder Jobe Bellingham emerging as the hero for the home team, securing a 1-0 victory. The win marked the second consecutive Championship victory for interim head coach Mike Dodds.
Leeds United, under Daniel Farke, had displayed formidable form with three consecutive wins during their unbeaten run, making them challenging opponents. However, Sunderland executed a well-devised game plan to neutralize Leeds’ attacking threat, which had resulted in eight goals in their recent victories.
The decisive moment came with 12 minutes remaining when Bellingham courageously put his head in to guide the ball into the net as Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier attempted to smother the ball.
Both goalkeepers played crucial roles, with Sunderland’s Anthony Patterson making important saves, including tipping over a sizzling free-kick from Crysencio Summerville. Leeds’ Meslier also showcased his skills by palming away a seemingly goal-bound header from Jenson Seelt with a full-stretch save.
Sunderland’s resilience was further demonstrated by Trai Hume’s off-the-line clearance from Joel Piroe late in the game, denying Leeds the opportunity to secure the point they sought.