Leeds United come back from behind against Bournemouth to record back-to-back EPL wins

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Leeds United once again left it late to secure all three points last weekend (5 November), grinding out a hard-fought 4-3 win over Bournemouth at Elland Road.

The Whites came into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield, and Crysencio Summerville was the hero again after his 89th-minute winner against the Reds.

Leeds raced into the lead through Rodrygo from the penalty spot three minutes into the game, but it lasted just four minutes as Marcus Tavernier drew the visitors level shortly afterwards.

Things got worse for Jesse Marsch’s side in the 19th minute as Philip Billing put Gary O’Neil’s men ahead with a fine strike from the edge of the box.

A lot of Leeds fans would have been fearing the worst after Dominic Solanke made it 3-1 with a flick just three minutes into the second-half, but this side is used to comebacks, and Sam Greenwood handed them a massive boost with a goal-of-the-week contender in the 60th-minute.

The former Arsenal youth player turned provider eight minutes later, with Liam Cooper drawing the Whites level with a well-placed header from his corner.

Wilfried Gnonto carried the ball from the edge of Leeds’ box to Bournemouth’s in the 84th minute, and Summerville finished the counter-attack to hand the Yorkshire side a much-deserved win.

It was the first time in 2022-23 that the Peacocks were recording back-to-back Premier League wins, and they will be full of confidence ahead of their trip to Tottenham Hotspur for the last round of games before the World Cup.

The victory made it eight victories in eight games for Leeds against the Cherries at Elland Road, and it saw them move to 12th in the table.

They have won four games, drawn three and lost six so far this campaign, with only three points separating them from the drop zone.

Bournemouth are 17th in the table as a result of their seventh loss of the campaign, and they will be hoping to pick up their fourth win of the season when they host Everton at the weekend.

The Cherries have lost each of their last four league games, drawing four of the 14 played so far.

They strolled to a 4-1 win over Frank Lampard’s side in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday (8 November), and they need a repeat of that performance when the Toffees come visiting again on Saturday (12 November) in order to avoid dropping into the bottom three.

Bournemouth sacked Scott Parker as manager after a 9-0 defeat at Liverpool on matchday four, but they have not particularly improved since, and things have to change after the World Cup if they want to hold on to their top-flight status beyond this season.

Leeds are not guaranteed safety, either, but they have seen some improvements under their American manager since he kept them up last season.

With just six points separating 11th-placed Brentford from 20th-placed Nottingham Forest after 14 games, the relegation battle this term promises to be intriguing, and every result would count.