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Jonny HowsonA crucial six point fixture for the whites ended in a 0-0 draw following an afternoon of wasted chances from Leeds.

The final whistle was greated with mixed emotions from the two teams. Brighton were delighted they managed to earn a point at Elland Road, and their players made no effort whatsoever to hide it. Leeds’ players however weren’t in such good spirits. They knew they should have done better and were left disappointed with just one point, and a flurry of away fixtures now to come before the season draws to a close.

Leeds created chances with ease from start to finish, but the finishing just wasn’t there. Dougie Freedman saw probably the best chance of the game cleared off the line by Brighton 14 minutes in before an endless array of shots from himself, Beckford and Howson amongst others did little to trouble the Brighton keeper.

The 14th minute goal-line clearence Freedman forced was to be his best contribution of the game. Just seven minutes later Bradley Johnson’s cross fell to Freedman who this time fired wide of the post. It was an extremely good chance, and one Freedman knew he should have done better from. The rest of the game went on in a similar style with Leeds’ midfield continually creating chances for the front two, only for Becks and Freedman to be found lacking in the finishing department.

As half time approached Leeds were well and truly in the driving seat, despite Brighton managing to finally create some positive chances of their own. Jonny Howson, who it must be said gave absolutely everything he had yesterday, was just inches from opening the scoring as injury time ran out and the teams went in for the break.

The second half brought more missed chances for Leeds, and a Brighton team who were clearly gaining confidence and starting to believe they could earn more than a point at Elland Road today. 1985 was the last time Brighton won at Elland Road, but as Leeds’ nerves rose, mistakes started to be made, most notably some woeful clearences from Casper Ankergren were lucky not to have cost Leeds.

A couple of mystifying offside decisions fell in Leeds’ favour, which Brighton will undoubtedly feel annoyed about, but overall the miss of Dougie Freedman early on was indicative of a game that Leeds simply should have won.

On any other weekend Leeds’ strikers would have been scoring for fun. Tresor Kandol was brought onto the pitch late on, and also missed an absolute sitter to add to the afternoons disaster. Jonny Howson deserves special mention for the performance he gave. The youngster impressed throughout, and was extremely unlucky not to score.

Leeds’ style of play has seen a notable improvement under McAllister. They create chances, pass the ball well, and are much better to watch, but the results still seem to be escaping us. Leeds will now visit Doncaster on Tuesday for a game Gary McAllister has admitted Leeds must now win.

Final Score: Leeds United 0 Brighton 0
Attendance: 22,575

SuperLeeds.com man of the match – Jonny Howson.

I’ve gone for Jonny Howson as this weeks man of the match as the youngster gave absolutely everything he had yesterday for Leeds, and was extremely unlucky not to be rewarded with a goal. Jonny has established him as a first team regular under McAllister and his game seems to have improved every week. The future looks bright for Jonny, and I sincerely hope he spends it with Leeds United.

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Jermaine BeckfordTwo goals from Jermaine Beckford helped get Leeds United’s promotion dreams back on track as they cruised to victory against fellow promotion chasing Walsall.

Walsall started the game with five in midfield, and a lone striker, perhaps hoping to dominate the match by controlling the centre, but it was Leeds who started brightly and should have been one up early on when Freedman put Beckford through on goal, only for him to narrowly fire wide.

Beckford soon made up for the miss though after Kilkenny broke free and played the ball forward to Beckford who took the pass neatly in his stride, rounded the Walsall keeper and slotted home from a difficult angle on the 29th minute.

The Leeds team had improved significantly following the recent bad run of form, and looked to be in complete control as they headed in for half time 1-0 up.

However, Walsall came out after the break looking much livelier and earnt a free-kick on the edge of the area. The resulting shot was fired narrowly over, before Mooney missed a complete sitter minutes later. The goal was at his mercy, but the lone Walsall front-man somehow hit his shot over the bar as a relieved Gary McAllister looked on.

Leeds dug deep and survived Walsall’s brief onslaught, before getting back into there stride. Alan Sheehan’s 30-yard free-kick and Bradley Johnson’s header forced two good saves from the Walsall keeper.  

Leeds kept Walsall’s defence busy as they carried on attacking, in search of the second goal which would ultimately seal the crucial three points, and with ten minutes left, Jermaine Beckford and Kilkenny linked once more to send Walsall home with nothing. Beckford’s pace saw him ease past the Walsall defence to score his 19th of the season, before heading off to celebrate with the fans in the North-East corner – myself included.

A much improved Leeds United controlled the majority of the game, attacked throughout and completely deserved the 2-0 victory. Jonathan Douglas also made his return following three months sidelined with injury. The Republic of Ireland international played the final 10 minutes of the game, replacing Johnson, and Tresor Kandol was brought on for Dougie Freedman who received a standing ovation from the Leeds faithful.

Final score: Leeds United (Beckford 29, 80) 2 Walsall 0
Attendance: 19,095

SuperLeeds.com man of the match – Jermaine Beckford

I was tempted to go for Dougie Freedman as this weeks man of the match, but decided to go for Jermaine to make up for my earlier post questioning whether or not the striker deserved a first team place. He’s well and truly silenced the critics and it’s great to have him scoring again.

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