Leeds fell into the Premier League relegation zone after Fulham came from behind to win 3-2 at Elland Road, a result that put pressure on manager under fire Jesse Marsch.
In a turbulent first half, Rodrigo put Leeds ahead in the 19th minute, but Aleksandar Mitrovic’s close-range header from a corner equalized just six minutes later.
The game remained on a knife edge until late in the second half when Fulham delivered the killing blow with two goals in 10 minutes. First, Bobby Decordova-Reid eyed Andreas Pereira’s cross in the far corner, before Harrison Reed set Willian up for a simple tap-in.
Substitutes Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville combined for the latter to score in stoppage time to give Leeds some hope, but the full-time whistle came to signal boos from home fans around ‘Elland Road.
Leeds have now gone eight league games without a win and fall to 18th, while newly-promoted Fulham move to seventh – above Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool – after an impressive start to the season under Marco Silva.
How Fulham turned the tide
The pace of this game showed no signs of a slow affair from the start, with Leeds making the first run but Fulham enjoying the joy during the break.
It was the visitors who had the first big chance of the match, with Antonee Robinson’s cross sent in by Mitrovic to Reed’s advance down the right.
The Fulham midfielder slammed the ball past Illan Meslier and expected the net to swell, only for a superb last-minute intervention from Marc Roca to deny it under the crossbar.
As Fulham looked to turn the screw, Leeds hit them on a devastating break for the opener. Brenden Aaronson fed Jack Harrison on the right and the Leeds winger pulled away from Robinson with ease.
Tim Ream crossed to block Harrison’s effort but the ball was picked up in the air towards Rodrigo, who beat Tosin Adarabioyo through the air to wave the hosts up front.
But Fulham would come level with a similar style of goalscoring. Pereira’s corner floated into the near post and Mitrovic shoved Luke Ayling wide to peek a header for his ninth of the campaign.
Bolstered by their equalizer, Fulham were inches away from a second- and first-half turnover. After Leeds failed to capitalize on their own free-kick, Pereira was released for a one-on-one with the whole half to himself.
The midfielder had plenty of time to think about his options but could only fire Meslier in the gut in a major let-down for the hosts.
Just like against Arsenal last weekend, Leeds came out firing in the second half as Aaronson, Rodrigo and Ayling fended off a few half chances to regain the lead.
The introduction of Patrick Bamford on the hour mark increased the intensity for the home side as the striker was denied a 100th career league goal by an impressive close-range save from Bernd Leno.
But as Leeds looked ready to turn the screw, Fulham struck. Pereira’s precise cross from the right fell in the way of Decordova-Reid, who had the simple task of nodding past the rooted Meslier.
Ten minutes later, and following little resistance from Leeds, it was three for Fulham. Great work from Reed in the right channel of the penalty area saw him feed Willian, who stretched to push home at the far post to seal the points.
Leeds fans began to emerge from Elland Road and those who remained booed and chanted “What’s going on?” — and despite Summerville returning ahead of Leno after Gelhardt’s slick flick — the outlook isn’t good for Marsch.
Leeds will be back in the Premier League on Saturday when they travel to Liverpool, live on Sky Sports; kick off 7:45 p.m. Fulham will also be on Sky Sports on October 29, hosting Everton at Craven Cottage; kick off 5:30 p.m.