Late goals from Crysencio Summerville and Dan James – with a 40-yard finish – ensured Leeds United remained in the Championship’s automatic promotion places after defeating Hull City at Elland Road

Sam Byram put Leeds ahead after Summerville’s shot was saved, but Hull equalized thanks to an excellent finish from Fabio Carvalho.

Leeds missed several good chances before halftime, while Hull posed a threat at the start of the second half.

Mateo Joseph hit the Hull post with 12 minutes remaining, but Leeds bounced back and Summerville scored from the penalty spot after being fouled by Regan Slater – following a dispute with Joel Piroe about who should take the penalty.

James secured victory in added time with a remarkable shot from just inside the Hull half after visiting keeper Ryan Allsop had gone upfield for a corner, leaving his goal unguarded.

It was a morale-boosting moment for the Wales forward after the disappointment of missing the match-deciding penalty in the shootout loss to Poland, which meant his country failed to qualify for this summer’s Euros.

The win kept Leeds in second place after Ipswich Town’s late win over Southampton and Leicester City’s victory over Norwich earlier on Easter Monday.

Daniel Farke’s side are one point behind Ipswich and one ahead of Leicester, who have a game in hand.

Hull remain in ninth place, six points off the playoff spots as their winless run extends to six matches.

Leeds got off to the perfect start when Byram started and ended the ninth-minute move that saw him open the scoring.

He dispossessed Jaden Philogene in midfield before feeding Georginio Rutter, whose wonderful run beat four players before he passed it wide to Summerville.

The Dutchman’s powerful shot was only parried by Allsop, and Byram charged in at the back post to score his second goal of the season.

Patrick Bamford should have doubled the lead midway through the first half but somehow missed James’ low cross from the left from six yards out.

Hull regained momentum as Philogene had an effort blocked before Liverpool loanee Tyler Morton and Carvalho combined. The latter’s cross from the left was flicked in by Carvalho for his fifth goal for Hull as he got ahead of Ethan Ampadu at the near post.

Hull, however, would have been behind shortly before halftime if Lewie Coyle hadn’t deflected Junior Firpo’s shot over, while Allsop made a fine double save from Rutter from close range in stoppage time.

Bamford failed to connect with a good cross from Byram soon after the restart, before Hull saw Philogene curl a shot just wide and Ozan Tufan flick a header onto the Leeds net.

Hull squandered another good chance after an hour when Abdulkadir Omur curled an effort just wide after excellent build-up play by Morton.

As the tension rose inside Elland Road, there was still drama to unfold as Joseph struck the base of the post from six yards out after a cutback from Firpo.

But just as Leeds fans feared their side would drop to third place, Summerville raced into the box and was fouled by Slater.

As Piroe stepped up to take the penalty, Summerville took the ball from his compatriot and calmly side-footed the finish down the middle two minutes from time.

Hull pressed in search of another equalizer and came close. But with keeper Allsop joining their attack, they were caught out in the closing seconds as Leeds broke with Piroe finding James who, having passed halfway, curled in a spectacular effort from the right touchline.

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Leeds:

“There was no doubt this was a well-deserved win. I think we had six times the amount of expected goals that they had, but it was a complicated game for us.

“For many of my players, it was their third game in six days because they’ve played on Tuesday or Wednesday on international duty.

“We had many problems, but the biggest problem was we played a really good side here, they are a really good possession side.

“If you analyze their results against the top sides, they never lose because they have many, many good footballers and they set traps, and if you go into those traps and press them too much, they can hurt you by attacking the space in behind with lots of pace and individual quality.”a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a

Hull City manager Liam Rosenior told BBC Radio Humberside:

“I’m devastated with the result because it wasn’t deserved.

“The way we pressed man for man, the way we kept the ball at times, the way we frustrated them, the way we opened up chances, that’s what I want this club to be about for as long as I’m at this club.

“But what we have to do is we have to take the chances we create, we have to just manage moments better and if we do that we’re on to a really good thing.

“It’s a weird feeling because I’ve got more belief in this group than I ever have before, and that sounds crazy in a game where people look at the result and say ‘you lost 3-1’.

“But what those players have to do, and what I have to do, is maintain a consistent level of performance at that level for the next seven games. If we do that, things can change very quickly in this league.”