One Direction’s Niall Horan gets involved in bizarre spat with Leeds Utd

Leeds United returned to the top of the table with a win over Ipswich – then the club became involved in a slanging match with One Direction’s Niall Horan.

After the 2-0 win over bottom side Ipswich, the club’s official twitter account decided to call out the "Slow Hands" singer for an earlier comment.

He’d been waxing lyrical about Derby County, who he said were "a dream to watch play", before MC Crossy asked him his opinion on Leeds.

Horan replied "no one likes Leeds"… and the top-of-the-table Whites weren’t going to take that lying down.

Minutes later they replied to the singer, saying "No one likes your solo career #BringBack1D." Meoouwww.

In the Whites’ defence, his solo album ‘Flicker’ did only peak at number nine in the charts despite the 25-year-old saying it was inspired by Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles.

He described it as "folk-with-pop feel to it", although not many Leeds fans felt like rushing out for a copy after that little exchange.

And it led to a bizarre One Direction fans vs Championship Sleeping Giants supporters stand-off on twitter, with 1D groupies posting: "Niall’s solo career is better than anything y’all could ever accomplish."

Leeds fans on the other hand hit back with "two wins in one night". Boom.

In the actual match Marcelo Bielsa claims he and Leeds must achieve more to repay the fans despite returning to the top of the Championship.

Kemar Roofe and captain Liam Cooper scored to earn Leeds their second win in six games to the delight of the Elland Road faithful.

But Bielsa claims it is far too early for him and his players to bask in the supporters’ adulation.

“It’s always important to be first,” said the Leeds boss. “But it’s always dangerous when you receive expressions of gratitude in the middle of the season. That gratitude only lasts if you have lasting victories.

“There’s nothing more important than to feel loved. But to deserve the praise we need to do a lot more we’ve done so far.”

After scoring Leeds six out of 10 for their recent form, Bielsa was much happier with his side, particularly in the second half when they played with some of their old intensity.

Kemar Roofe opened the scoring with his first goal since August 21 before skipper Liam Cooper netted with the second with an expert finish.

Pablo Hernandez assisted for both goals and the classy Spaniard stood out on his first start since August 25.

Leeds also benefited from being up against an Ipswich side, who are a defeat waiting to happen.

Defiant boss Paul Hurst admits he cannot ignore the speculation that he could be axed by owner and chairman Marcus Evans.

“Is the speculation healthy?” he said. “No. All you can do is focus on your job and if it’s not good enough, so be it. But I saw a side fighting out there.”

Leeds opened the scoring on 22 minutes from a trademark Bielsa passing move. Samuel Saiz found Hernandez on the right and he curled in a delicious cross for Roofe to head home his fifth goal of the season from six yards out.

Stuart Dallas, who replaced the injured Gaetano Berardi, had a shot touched behind by the recalled Bartosz Bialkowski.

Cooper then doubled their lead on 66 minutes with a finish any striker would have been proud of.

From a short corner, Hernandez pulled the ball back from the byline towards Cooper. Kalvin Phillips stepped over it and the centre-half finished expertly from just inside the box.

Finally Leeds cut loose and Ezgjan Alioski thumped a shot against the post before Bialkowski denied the Macedonian and Adam Forshaw.

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