Simon Grayson was frustrated after seeing his Leeds team miss out on the chance to put a five point gap between United and the chasing pack in the battle for a play-off place.
With Leicester City losing at Cardiff City, and Nottingham Forest and Norwich City both conceding late equalisers, a win for Leeds would have seen strengthen their position in the table, however Barnsley’s late equaliser was the 52nd goal United have conceded this season, although Grayson was keen to deflect the criticism away from his defence: “After losing three goals, it looks like the back four have been poor but it’s in other areas that we have to do better if we are going to do anything” he said after the match. “There is a fine line between winning and losing games. It’s frustrating and it’s a game we should have won. Bradley’s sending off was soft but we weren’t professional enough to see things through at various stages of the game.”
Leeds United reserves suffered their first defeat of 2011 on Tuesday at Lincoln City. A youthful side, including on –loan goalkeeper David Gonzalez, went down 3-0 at Sincil Bank. United’s side only featured one other first-team squad member in Ramon Nunez and struggled against a much more experienced Lincoln outfit.
A late free kick by Kieran Trippier for Barnsley saw Leeds see two precious points in the race for promotion slip from their grasp in a hard-fought Yorkshire derby at Elland Road last night.
United had made the worst start possible to the game, falling a goal down inside two minutes when Jason Shackell bundled the ball in from a corner. Leeds though, after a shaky opening ten minutes, levelled through a Luciano Becchio header midway through the first half. Leeds took a grip of the game and went in to the half time break with a deserved lead thanks to a penalty won and converted by Max Gradel. The visitors though were level within three minutes of the restart as Matt Hill fired in from the edge of the area. Leeds were reduced ten men moments later as Bradley Johnson received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Despite their one man disadvantage, Leeds regained the lead 20 minutes from time, Gradel notching his second with a delightful curling effort. It was a goal which looked worthy to have won another entertaining clash until Trippier’s late effort.