Leeds Utd news – Derby point, Grayson defends Sam

Derby point.

Leeds United fought back from two goals down to earn a hard fought point in the Yorkshire Derby with Hull City at the KC Stadium last night.

Hull should have scored in the opening seconds of the game, but Aaron McLean blazed high and wide when it appeared easier to score. The striker, signed from Peterborough United in the January transfer window, turned provider on 33 minutes, sliding a ball through the Leeds defence for his strike partner Matty Fryatt to slot past Kasper Schmeichel to open the scoring. Hull had been causing problems from set-pieces all night, and from a Robert Koren corner, Chris Chester headed home to double Hull’s advantage. Leeds though have a habit of coming back and were level within minutes when Robert Snodgrass curled home a magnificent free-kick. Leeds, who had come behind from a two goal deficit at Burnley in December, equalised 11 minutes into the second half through Davide Somma.

The South African international latched onto a George McCartney throw in to strike his 10th goal of the season. There were chances at both ends, but neither side could grab a winner and the sides ended at 2-2 for the second time this season. The point for Leeds was vital on a night when most of the contenders around them won, and keeps them in the play-off positions in 6th place.

Grayson defends Sam.

Simon Grayson has leapt to the defence of Lloyd Sam after the Leeds winger was involved in a challenge with Liam Rosenior which saw the Hull City defender stretchered off.

The two players went for a ball on the edge of the Leeds penalty area in the second half. Rosenior came off worst and was treated on the field for seven minutes before being carried off. Hull boss Nigel Pearson described it as: “a cowards challenge” when talking to Sky Sports News after the game, but Grayson told the same source: “I’ve just seen it now and Lloyd’s gone for the ball with it and he’s unfortunately just followed through and caught him with his arm. Lloyd’s not the type of player to get involved in any sort of deliberate elbows. He’s got the ball, his momentum has carried him through. Normally, Lloyd’s jumping out of the way of those things so it’s an unfortunate incident. The referee’s so close to it as well – if he thought it was deliberate, I’m sure he’d do something about it.”

There was a controversial incident between the two sides in the Elland Road clash in November when Ian Ashbee elbowed Luciano Becchio and escaped punishment.

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