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Dramatic Geldhart winner seals Marsch first win

Joe Geldhart celebrates his 95th minute winner.

Jesse Marsch earned his first win as Leeds United boss at the third attempt after they beat relegation rivals Norwich City 2-1 in injury time thanks to Joe Geldhart. 

The 19 year old substitute was on the pitch for less than two minutes when Raphinha squared the ball for him to tap into an empty net and send Elland Road into raptures.

This served as a cruel outcome for Norwich after their persistence was rewarded through a late Kenny McLean equaliser but ultimately Leeds will feel they deserved the three points.

Scenes broke out as the final whistle blew with the entire stadium blurring out to Kaizer Chiefs ‘I predict a riot.’ 

Rodrigo early looked set to be enough for Leeds with his goal after just 14 minutes but failure to take their numerous chances almost proved costly.

Raphinha twice rattled the woodwork- once with a tremendous 25 yard free kick clipping the outer bar. Dan James produced two good saves from Canary stopper Tim Krul as the Norfolk side dug in.

Norwich may have some cause to feel hard done by as Patrick Bamford, making his first start since September, appeared to be offside in the build up for Rodrigo’s opener. Stuart Atwell had also awarded them a penalty when Luke Ayling was adjudged to have brought Milos Rashica down before var intervened and overturned the decision.

They found a way to level after sucking up much of the play, they stunned Leeds support when Kenny McLean finished smartly from a brilliant Teemu Pukki cross in the 91st minute.

But it was Leeds and Geldhart who had the final say in a dramatic finale as Raphinha’s terrific 20 yard run see him round Krul and drill the ball across the face of goal for Geldhart to finish into the empty net and move them four points above the relegation zone.

On his first win as Leeds United boss Marsch told BBC sport : “I’d heard a lot about the magic of Elland Road and we felt that today”

Match-winner Joe Geldhart said it was an “unbelievable feeling.”

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