78 min: Burnley change: off goes Lancashire’s favourite Austrian, Ashley Barnes, on comes Matej Vydra.
76 min: Chris Wood’s posterior knocks Kalvin Phillips to the floor. The physical battles continue. That one was no contest.
74 min: Some mild panic in the Burnley area, but the ball is cleared away. Leeds, to be even-handed, are pushing on at last, and have time to find a way back into the game.
73 min: Leeds sub: off goes the ineffectual Rodrigo, and on comes Tyler Roberts.
71 min: Harrison has a ball charged down from the wing. Such supply lines have been cut off by Burnley’s battlers. When Bamford gets a brief glimpse of goal he is surrounded by defenders and has his shot blocked, and he is then crowded out when the ball falls loose.
69 min: Raphina plays a ball inside that is very easily cut out. It’s not just Leeds’ midfield that has gone off the boil; the entire team is not having much joy.
67 min: What can Leeds change? Ben Paul has an answer: “I think it might have something to do with having no midfielders.”
65 min: Leeds change: Jamie Shackleton comes on for Diego Llorente.
62 min: That was the 30,000th goal since the Premier League began. There have been 29,999 since Brian Deane for Sheffield United against Manchester United in August 1992 though that one wasn’t too dissimilar.
Goal! Burnley 1-0 Leeds (Wood, 61)
It had been coming. McNeill, getting space now, cuts and turns and digs out a shot. It bounces wide. Burnley get a corner as the ball came of Struijk, and then Tarkowski’s header is cleared, then there’s a handball shout, then Lowton shoots and Wood deflects in.
59 min: The crowd scene when a corner played in a tableau of skulduggery of dirty deeds. Burnley pushing on again, Leeds having to cling on a little. McNeil cuts inside and Brownhill has a dig from distance. Burnley in the ascendancy, Leeds on the back foot.
57 min: Roars from the home crowd as Burnley force a corner. “Come on Burnley,” they sing. No show tunes for these lads. Ben Mee goes close from the corner but Llorente clears the danger, just about
55 min: The Leeds away support gets in full voice, though break their chorus when it briefly appears Raphina might get away from Ben Mee.
53 min: McNeil gets a glimmer of a chance for Burnley, but swings and misses. It would have had to be a worldie to score from there. Rodrigo is booked for a rather needless trip on Charlie Taylor. That’s five yellows so far, the second to Leeds.
52 min: Leeds fans, whatever case you may have with Ashley Barnes, and it’s a decent case, your team isn’t playing at all well. What’s gone wrong?
50 min: Anyway, on with the show. It’s still physical and meaty out there. Both teams putting it about to some tune.
48 min: Jack Amond gets in touch: “Not sure what game you’re watching – it’s midnight in Sydney where I am but you appear to be the one who’s asleep – Barnes should have been sent off for his assault on Dallas.”
Here’s what I said, Jack. “Then comes a clash after the ball had gone offside, with Barnes flying into Stuart Dallas. That looked nasty. Barnes is booked, and deservedly.”
I saw it, just saw it differently, and erred on the side of caution. “Assault” seems a bit much. On the subject of which, Barnes clatters into Kalvin Phillips and doesn’t get booked. A booking would have been harsh but Barnes must be on sudden death.
46 min: Sean Dyche strides determinedly across the field as Leeds’ players complete their final warmups and has a word in Ian Woan’s ear, cupping his mouth as he does. The battle of Turf Moore can resume.
Rick Harris writes in: “I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it highly suspicious that in form Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has been left out of the England squad for the imminent World Cup qualifiers, and Patrick Bamford who looks woefully out of form and hasn’t scored as yet this season is in. Likewise Harry ‘undroppable’ Kane is included having only just returned to the Spurs team after missing pre-season Foden was quickly rehabilitated after the training camp incident but Greenwood has been frozen out. What is going on?”
Half-time: Burnley 0-0 Leeds
Burnley may fancy they could have had a goal or two there. Leeds look far less switched on than last season, and have been jittery in defence and disjointed in attack. Burnley have been Burnley and that may be enough to get a first win of the season.
45 min+1: The post is rattled, as Bamford heads down and off the woodwork. But it was his own goal. And then he gets clattered by a Ben Mee tackle that sends him flying. That may be bad news for the England squad and Bamford, who had waited so long for the call. Just a minute added on at the end of a half that got better.
44 min: Meslier saves Leeds bacon by bravely winning a tackle after an undercooked backpass.
43 min: Leeds keep the ball at the back, passing it around rather delicately compared to what came before. The ball makes its way forward and Bamford, who is getting more and and more into the game, misses the target.
41 min: Chris Wood heads the corner over. And off go Leeds. Bamford finds acres of space, and perhaps too much time in the Burnley box and can only shoot straight at Nick Pope. We have a game on our hands.
39 min: Bamford fails to control a Jack Harrison ball aimed into the centre. Then, Ashley Barnes attempts a snap shot that forces a corner. End to end…it’s better than it was.
38 min: Kalvin Philipps is booked for baulking Ashley Barnes to the floor. No Euro 2020 heroism is taken into account as Michael Oliver unsheaths his card.
37 min: Burnley resume their battering rams tactics but Leeds get it cleared and Mee has to clear behind. “We are Leeds” denotes the away fans have found their voices again. They soon go quiet again as it is cleared with ease.
35 min: A Leeds attack? Yes, and they should have scored. The ball is pumped long, and Rodrigo takes the ball down, Bamford slots in Raphina and the shot is near fish nor fowl. And misses. That’s perhaps the clearest opening so far.
33 min: Those Leeds fans have been quietened down. Their team has not started the season too well, give or take a few bright signs against Everton.
31 min: Chance! Wood plays in Gudmonsson, and he fails to keep his shot down. The Icelandic tyro knows he should have done better there.
30 min: Leeds attempt to weather what had become a heavy storm of Burnley muscle, with Wood and Barnes putting it about.