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Leeds United are tonight firmly back in the hunt for promotion, following an excellent display of defending at the Keepmoat and a brilliant free-kick from on loan defender, Alan Sheehan.

An heroic performance from the Whites put them back into sixth place thanks to a wonder strike from recent signing Sheehan. The on loan left-back from Leicester dealt a bitter blow to Doncaster Rovers automatic promotion dreams, but ensured Leeds United are still promotion contenders.

Paul Green took down Jonathan Douglas at the edge of the area on the 20th minute, and Alan Sheehan stepped up for the free-kick. He struck it sweetly, curling it into the top left hand corner of former Leeds keeper, Neil Sullivan’s net.

Leeds then had to weather an attacking Doncaster Rovers enslaught, as they looked to restore parity. However, a bit of luck, some strong, determined defending from Leeds and a much improved Casper Ankergren kept the home side behind, and Leeds came away victors.

SuperLeeds.com man of the match – Alan Sheehan

Several players could have easily been picked for man of the match tonight, but Alan Sheehan has proved a quality loan signing, and worthy winner. He’s filled the left-back position that Leeds have been having problems with for a while. The goal alone makes him worthy of the man of the match, but he also worked hard all game to ensure Leeds kept a clean sheet and came away victors.

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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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Casper Ankergren - Super LeedsKen Bates has come out in defence of Leeds’ keeper, Casper Ankergren who is currently under investigation following an incident with Swindon fans on the 1st of March.

Casper has been charged with allegedly throwing a missile – believed to be a water bottle – at Swindon fans following last months game and has until the 1st of April to appeal.

Any penalty incurred as a result of the incident could hinder Leeds’ promotion bid, as a ban would mean Casper could miss any of Leeds’ final games.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates told how “[Casper] had to withstand a barrage of abuse all afternoon.” The FA have agreed to investigate the conduct of the Swindon fans.

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