A 3-0 loss to Chelsea in which Leeds United achieved red-card notoriety moved the American coach Jesse Marsch's team closer to EPL relegation.
Leeds United became the first English Premier League team since Hull in September 2016 to have players receive first-half red cards in two straight games.
Daniel James' 24th-minute ejection was sandwiched by Mason Mount's fourth-minute goal and Christian Pulisic's sharp 18-yard left-footed strike in the 55th minute. Romelu Lukaku scored the third in the 85th minute to seal Leeds' third-straight loss on Wednesday and extend its unbeaten run to four games.
With two games left in the season — against ninth-place Brighton and 13th-place Brentford — Leeds sits in the relegation zone at 18th place. The 17th-place Burnley is tied on points with Leeds but has a game in hand and an insurmountable goal-difference advantage. Everton, in 16th place, is two points ahead of Leeds, and also has a game in hand and a much better goal difference. (Norwich City and Watford are already doomed.)
In Leeds United's previous loss, 2-1, at Arsenal, Luke Ayling was ejected in the 27th minute after scored twice within 10 minutes of kickoff.
"Two tackles in the last two games that are a little bit crossing the line and hurting the team," Marsch said. "I'm not going to blame or finger-point any of our players, they've given everything they can, but we have to stay within boundaries in not jeopardizing ourselves."
The disciplinary record of Leeds United prompted the headline "Jesse Marsch has made Leeds the dirtiest team in the league — and for what?" for an article in The Telegraph by Thom Gibbs that cited Leeds leading the league in yellow cards (97) and fouls (440). Newcastle is second in yellows with 79 and Watford fouls second-most at 429. The EPL team median for yellows and fouls is 59 and 359.
Marsch has guided Leeds to a 3-5-2 (W-L-T) record since replacing Marcelo Bielsa on March 1 when Leeds was in 16th place, two points above the relegation zone with 5-13-8 record.
Referring to Leeds' scoreless tie two weeks ago with Crystal Palace, Gibbs wrote, "There was a clear plan: disrupt a dangerous team and defend stubbornly."
For third-place Chelsea, which has two more games, Wednesday's win put it within in a point of clinching a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League.
Pulisic's goal was his sixth in 21 appearances for the Blues this season.