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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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Thorpe ArchBen Parker will stay on loan with League Two side, Darlington until the end of the season, with a possible further extension should Darlington reach the play-offs.

The left-backs initial deal would have seen him return to Elland Road after this weekends fixture, but Darlington were keen to extend the deal following a successful 7 match spell with the club.

Leeds have however inserted a clause into the agreement so Ben can be recalled to the squad at any time. Presumably McAllister has added this as insurance should Leeds’ only other natural left-back, Alan Sheehan succumb to injury.

McAllister spoke highly of Ben telling how he’d like to continue Leeds’ legacy of bringing young players through the ranks and that Ben was likely to feature amongst those plans. He added that he felt the loan deal was crucial to Ben’s development as he’d like to see the defender gain first team experience.

Meanwhile, tomorrows opponents Brighton have asked Leeds for an extension on Ian Westlake’s loan deal which is set to end on the 5th of April. Ian will be illegible for tomorrows crucial six-pointer, but has established himself as a regular during his time at the club impressing boss Dick Knight, who said “Ian has done very well for us since coming on loan and obviously we are keen to extend his stay,”

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BettingThe 15 points saga that’s surrounded Leeds United all season comes to what should be it’s ultimate climax next month, and the bookies are expecting the arbitration judge to return at least some of the points back to Leeds.

A flurry of bets on Leeds receiving none of the points back has done little to alter the bookies view with the odds shortening only slightly from 11-2 to 11-4.

The shortest odds of 6-4 favour Leeds to get 6 or 10 points returned. The more optimistic amongst us can get 7-2 on Leeds having all 15 points returned.

A return of six points or more would see Leeds firmly back amongst the playoff candidates, but even without any points restored Leeds fans saw a much improved side defeat Walsall at the weekend and will be optimistic of Leeds’ promotion chances.

In the meantime, Leeds will be looking to concentrate on this weekends crucial six-point clash with Brighton at Elland Road.

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