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Rodallega downs Leeds on McCormack return

Hugo Rodallega earned Fulham a hard-fought 1-0 win at Leeds as United slipped to their second straight Championship defeat.

Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega (right) celebrates scoring the winner against Leeds Credit: Press Association

On a day which could have been all about Rodallega's strike partner, the Colombian made sure it was he who took the headlines as Fulham recovered from last week's 5-0 mauling against Watford.<

Forward Ross McCormack was back at Elland Road for the first time since a bitter summer exit and an #11million transfer to the Cottagers, and when he was given the captain's armband it appeared set for him to shine.

But it was Rodellega who got the job done, scoring on the hour as Fulham's recent win one, lose one run stretched to five games.

Leeds offered little in response, their 2-0 victory over Derby a fortnight ago now a distant memory with last week's 4-1 loss to Ipswich and this defeat giving boss Neil Redfearn plenty to ponder.

The goal was a rare moment of class throughout a poor game - the first half in particular failing to get going.

The best chances of it fell to the home side, with Sam Byram involved in both.

The full-back got into the box 13 minutes in after some neat interplay between Adryan and Alex Mowatt, but his shot from the right side flashed across and just wide.

Byram then swung in a cross which Mowatt leapt to meet only to see his header hit the bar and then thud into beaten keeper Gabor Kiraly on the way down before going out of play.

McCormack had Fulham's best opportunity but, after looking like he was in on goal when chasing up a long ball, he lost his footing and Liam Cooper cleared.

Fulham were better at the start of the second half and Jason Pearce did well to clear up after McCormack got into the box and cut back, and it was not unexpected to see them take the lead on the hour.

Lasse Vigen Christensen took the ball on the chest on the right of the area, slipped past Tommaso Bianchi and pulled back for Rodallega who did the rest from six yards.

Adryan should have got Leeds level but failed to properly connect with what was a four-yard free header from a Billy Sharp cross, while Rodallega should have put Leeds to bed after a counter attack but hit wildly behind from close range.

He would not be made to pay, though, and Fulham saw it out with some ease, as Leeds also lost key defender Stephen Warnock to a hamstring injury.

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Kammy: Cellino ban could threaten Leeds future

Former Leeds United midfielder Chris Kamara believes that the Football League's decision to temporarily disqualify Massimo Cellino from being a club director could be damaging for the club.

Chris Kamara Credit: Press Association

Cellino was disqualified after the Football League received a written judgement which they claim proved the Italian's failure to pay import tax on a yacht in his home country was a dishonest act.

But Kamara believes that Cellino has been treated unfairly.

He told Ladbrokes: “I think it’s harsh in the first place that Leeds have been made a bit of an example of with regards to the Fit and Proper Persons Test.

“Massimo Cellino has put £23m of his own money into Leeds United Football Club and anyone who invests that type of money deserves the opportunity to carry out their duties.

“It’s just a shame that Leeds are the first club who have been put through the ringer because of this test and it’s something that may threaten the future of the football club.

“The Football League believes they’ve got good cause to hammer Cellino because of the outcome of his court case in Italy but they should’ve made sure that was nipped in the bud before allowing him to invest such a large amount into the club. What will the consequences be now?"

Return to back three could mean recall for Davies

Hull captain Curtis Davies could be handed a recall for the trip to Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Captain Davies could return against Chelsea Credit: Press Association

The centre-half has been dropped for the last two matches, but manager Steve Bruce could revert to a back three at Stamford Bridge, opening up a vacancy at the back.

Gaston Ramirez has completed a three-game ban, but fellow loanee Hatem Ben Arfa is set to continue his exile from the squad.

Provisional squad: McGregor, Jakupovic, Davies, Rosenior, Robertson, Chester, Dawson, Bruce, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Aluko, Quinn, Ramirez Hernandez, Aluko, Jelavic.

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