Ipswich Town 3-4 Leeds United: Gnonto inspires Farke's side to victory

Ipswich Town 3-4 Leeds United: Joel Piroe scores on his debut, while Wilfried Gnonto and Luis Sinisterra shine as Daniel Farke’s side earn their first league win of the season

  • Wilfried Gnonto inspires Leeds to their first Championship win of the season
  • Joel Piroe scored on his Leeds debut after signing for the club earlier this week
  • The defeat to Leeds was Ipswich’s first loss of the new Championship season

Leeds could well have found the razor-sharp forward line to propel them back to the Premier League.

The defence most definitely requires some more work but the gloom that enveloped Elland Road following relegation has finally given way to rays of optimism as their attackers made hay.

It helps, of course, when you can spend £10million to sign Joel Piroe, a proven Championship marksman with Swansea who helped himself to a debut goal.

But Daniel Farke deserves credit for giving Wilfried Gnonto and Luis Sinisterra second chances after their refusals to play. Both repaid that by scoring here, after Georginio Rutter netted their first.

The way Leeds blew Ipswich away with three strikes in nine electric first-half minutes offered a tantalising glimpse of what might be to come if Farke can keep this front four together.

Joel Piroe netted on his Leeds debut as Daniel Farke’s side pick up their first league win of the season

Luis Sinisterra scored Leeds’ fourth to secure all three points for Daniel Farke’s side

Joe Rodon’s own goal that gifted Ipswich an early lead and Cody Drameh’s weak backpass that led to Nathan Broadhead scoring their second suggested the back line needs to be Farke’s next focus despite this first league win in 13.

Kieran McKenna’s Ipswich fought hard but saw their impressive unbeaten run halted at 21 games, tumbling off the top of the table in the process. Conor Chaplin’s late third was just too late.

‘I was pleased with our offensive firepower, they showed real quality and it’s good for the mood, the confidence and the table,’ said Farke.

‘Gnonto and Sinisterra looked sharp, focused and disciplined in training. Piroe only had one training session but he knows the league inside out and he repaid my trust with a goal.

‘We can be happy, these players have suffered difficult months in the Premier League, they had to wait a long time for a league win.

‘I was never too down when we had difficult situations but I don’t want to dance on the tables tonight. You have to stay awake and not feel too comfortable.’

Ipswich started brightly and led when Rodon diverted Kayden Jackson’s drilled cross beyond his own goalkeeper.

It proved short-lived with Rutter dancing past several Ipswich defenders to fire home off the inside of the far post.

Conor Chaplin scored Ipswich’s third late on in the game to make it a nervy finish 

Defeat against Leeds was Ipswich’s first loss in their first season back in the Championship 

Gnonto’s redemption following his early-season tantrum was complete when he ghosted onto Sam Byram’s cross to tap home.

And Leeds fans could hardly believe it when Sinisterra’s curling shot was pushed out by Ipswich keeper Vaclav Hladky straight into Piroe’s path.

Ipswich stayed calm and were gifted a route back into the contest when Jackson intercepted Drameh’s backpass, rounded Ilian Meslier and cut back for Broadhead to force home.

They piled on the pressure after the break but Leeds grabbed a fourth when the excellent Sinisterra clipped home after latching onto Jamie Shackleton’s through ball.

Chaplin drilled home in the seventh minute but Ipswich ran out of time in this great advert for the second-tier.

‘There was a lot more good than bad, there are so many positives to take,’ said McKenna. ‘We were the better and most dominant team in so many aspects. On another day, the game could have gone differently.’

Daniel Farke’s Leeds face Salford City in the Carabao Cup second round on Tuesday as they chase back-to-back wins


Ipswich Town (4-2-3-1): Hladky; Clarke (Williams 74), Woolfenden, Burgess, Davis; Burns (Harness 82), Morsy (c); Chaplin, Luongo (Taylor 82), Broadhead (Hutchinson 74); Jackson (Ladapo 74)

Substitutes not used: Slicker (GK); Edmundson, Ball, Evans

Manager: Kieran McKenna

Scorers: Rodon own goal 7; Broadhead 45+7; Chaplin 90+7

Booked: Morsy, Luongo, Woolfenden

Leeds United (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Ayling (c) (Cresswell 90+1), Rodon, Struijk, Byram (Drameh 24 (Shackleton 46)); Ampadu, Gray; Sinisterra (Gelhardt 86), Gnonto, Rutter; Piroe (Gyabi 90+1)

Substitutes not used: Darlow (GK); Hjelde, Greenwood, Summerville

Manager: Daniel Farke

Scorers: Rutter 10; Gnonto 14; Piroe 19; Sinisterra 75

Booked: Shackleton, Ayling

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

Attendance: 29,606 (2,008 away)

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