Beckford earns Leeds win
Leeds started their push for promotion by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Scunthorpe.
Last Updated: 09/08/08 2:12pm
Leeds United started their push for promotion by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Scunthorpe United.
Gary McAllister's side are favourites to take a place in the Championship at the end of the season and claimed the points at Glanford Park courtesy of Jermaine Beckford's 80th minute winner.
There was an end-to-end feel to the opening stages of the League One contest and Scunthorpe had a goal disallowed on 28 minutes after Izzy Iriekpen had headed home Grant McCann's free-kick.
The visitors responded with debutant Enoch Showunmi grazing the post before the striker claimed Josh Lillis had dropped the ball over his own line after the Iron keeper had fumbled Robert Snodgrass' shot.
Scunthorpe grabbed the first goal of the campaign on 57 minutes when new signing Gary Hooper escaped from Rui Marques' attentions and fired past Casper Angerkren.
But Leeds were level just four minutes later when Showunmi rose to meet fellow debutant Snodgrass' free-kick to head beyond Lillis.
Chances arrived at both ends before Leeds struck decisively 10 minutes from time when Beckford converted the rebound after David Prutton's shot had come back off the crossbar.