Ipswich Town 3-4 Leeds United as the Whites record their first league win of the season

Joel Piroe (right) walks away in celebration after scoring for Leeds United against Ipswich Town
Joel Piroe (right) joined Leeds United on Thursday after scoring 46 goals in 96 games for Swansea City.

Leeds United came from behind to register their first league victory of the season and end Ipswich Town’s perfect start in a seven-goal thriller at Portman Road.

The Tractor Boys took a seventh-minute lead thanks to Joe Rodon’s own goal, but three goals in the space of nine minutes from Leeds turned the game around.

Striker Georginio Rutter scored his first goal for the Whites to equalize and then Wilfried Gnonto, back in the squad after apologizing for refusing to play, headed home to put the visitors ahead in the 14th minute.

Debutant Joel Piroe quickly extended the lead when the Dutch striker was on hand to convert after Ipswich keeper Vaclav Hladky failed to handle a low shot from Luis Sinisterra.

A confusion at the back allowed Nathan Broadhead to pull back and make it 3-2 in first-half stoppage time and keep Ipswich in the competition, but Sinisterra looked to have secured the game 15 minutes from time when the Colombian winger returned home from inside the box.

There was still time for Ipswich to score again in added time through Conor Chaplin, but Leeds held on to register their first win in 13 league games.

Daniel Farke had had a rough start to life in the Leeds dugout following his appointment in July, and could have expected another long afternoon when centre-back Rodon slipped in and deflected a low cross from Kayden Jackson in front of Illan Meslier.

But Leeds were soon level when Rutter, a £36m signing from Hoffenheim in January, showed good strength to spin around the edge of the box then drive into the area before sending his arrival through Hladky and in the lower left corner.

Then Gnonto, reintroduced to the squad after missing three games and submitting a transfer request, appeared at the far post to fire Sam Byram’s deep cross from the left.

Piroe had a perfect few minutes for the visitors when he tapped in from six yards after Hladky knocked down Sinisterra’s shot, opening his account for Leeds after his transfer from Swansea City on Thursday.

Byram was forced off the pitch through injury and a weak back pass from substitute Cody Drameh helped Ipswich back into the game, as Jackson capitalized on the loose ball before coming back to Broadhead to sweep via a deviation.

Sinistera, back in the squad from injury, showed their class as they crossed the keeper from a tight angle to make it 4-2, and Chaplin’s low strike into the bottom right corner in the extra seventh minute arrived too late for Ipswich. .

Promoted Ipswich had won their first three games on their return to the Championship for the first time since 2018-19, and Kieran McKenna’s side suffered their first defeat in 23 league games – a run dating back to a 2-1 reverse in Oxford in January. .

Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna told BBC Radio Suffolk:

“It was a very good game and I thought we had the upper hand in most departments. There are so many positives we can take from this game.

“We conceded some bad goals in the first half, and it partly depends on the level of the opponent. We will improve by adapting to this level.

“The way we played as a team, the courage we showed with and without the ball… there were a lot of good things. We made 20 shots in total and played with intention.”

On their invincibility coming to an end: “It’s a different division and we’re not going to go another 22-game unbeaten streak in this league.

“A lot of those games are great memories. Starting with three wins and a Cup win was very positive, but we’re going to lose more than last year.”

Leeds boss Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Leeds:

“I’m overall happy with our attacking firepower, not least because we’ve come up against a side that have won their first four competitive matches with three clean sheets.

“To invest, to get a result and to score four times, it was really very good. It’s good for the mood and good for the confidence.

“Luis and Wilfried looked really sharp, focused and disciplined in training this week, but it was trickier with Joel because we just signed him, but he knows the league by heart and is in good shape.

“Nothing replaces the feeling of victory. These players have had a difficult month in the Premier League and have had to wait long enough to win the Championship again.

“They should enjoy it, but this league is relentless and you can’t afford to be happy for too long.”



Training 4-2-3-1

  • 31Hladky
  • 2ClarkeReplaced bywilliamshas 73′minutes
  • 6LainefendenBooked at 87 mins
  • 15Bourgeois
  • 3Davis
  • 5morsiBooked at 45 mins
  • 25LuongoBooked at 56 minsReplaced bytaylorhas 82′minutes
  • 7burnsReplaced byHarnesshas 82′minutes
  • tenChaplin
  • 33wide headReplaced byHutchinsonhas 73′minutes
  • 19jacksonReplaced byLadapohas 73′minutes


  • 4Edmundson
  • 8Evans
  • 9Ladapo
  • 11Harness
  • 12Ball
  • 13More smooth
  • 14taylor
  • 18williams
  • 20Hutchinson


Training 4-4-2

  • 1MeslierBooked at 59 mins
  • 2AylingBooked at 71 minsReplaced bygyabihas 90+2′minutes
  • 14Rodon
  • 21Strijk
  • 25ByramReplaced byDramehhas 24′minutesReplaced byShackletonhas 45′minutesBooked at 52 mins
  • 29Gnonto
  • 22Gray
  • 4Ampadu
  • 23ClaimReplaced byGelhardthas 85′minutes
  • 24Rutter
  • 7PiroeReplaced byCreswellhas 90+2′minutes


  • 5Creswell
  • tenSummerville
  • 17Shackleton
  • 18gyabi
  • 19Green wood
  • 28Darlow
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 33Hjelde
  • 37Drameh

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