Dan James emulates David Beckham with stunning strike from halfway line as Leeds keep automatic promotion hopes alive

Dan James scored from the halfway line to ensure that this week gets off to a better start than last.

The Leeds star endured a night to forget last week after missing a crucial penalty in Wales’ Euro 2024 play-off clash with Poland, ultimately costing his country a spot at the tournament.

But back on club duty, the winger made sure that his name was in the headlines for the right reasons.

With Leicester and Ipswich winning earlier on Easter Monday, Leeds knew that victory would be needed over Hull to keep the pressure on the Championship’s automatic promotion spots.

Leeds took the lead early on through Sam Byram, before on-loan midfielder Fabio Carvalho leveled the game for Hull at Elland Road.

A penalty from Crysencio Summerville put Leeds 2-1 up after 88 minutes, however play-off-chasing Hull weren’t done as they looked for an equaliser to keep their top six hopes alive.

In stunning late scenes, Hull goalkeeper Ryan Allsop pushed forward to try and grab a goal but Leed defended the threat well and launched a counter attack with James set free down the right.

Shortly after passing the halfway line, the Welsh star let fly with a long-range effort from more than 50 yards that rolled into the net to wrap up a crucial three points.

Victory means that Leeds reclaim their spot in the Championship’s top two, one place behind Ipswich who are top.

However with Leicester one point behind with a game in hand, it’s all still to play for in the final weeks of the season.

SOURCE: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Phil Spencer
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