Leeds United: Historical struggles against Brighton at Elland Road need to be overcome

Leeds fans celebrate after Luke Murphy's late winner against Brighton
Leeds fans celebrate after Luke Murphy's late winner against Brighton
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Leeds United will be looking to avoid an unwanted record when they host Brighton on Saturday.

If the Whites fail to win against the Championship’s top side, they will have broken the record for the longest run of games at Elland Road without a win.

That could be something of a challenge, given that Brighton are undefeated this season.

The head to head record does bode slightly well for Leeds, with the Elland Road club having edged Brighton historically, with 17 wins to Brighton’s 13. The two sides have drawn 11.

However, over the last few seasons Brighton have the better of Leeds away from home.

August 19, 2014: Leeds United 0-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

Joao Teixeira and Kazenga LuaLua scored Brighton’s first goals of the campaign to give David Hockaday his first and only home loss as Leeds head coach.

Leeds went behind early on to Teixeira’s strike before conceding again with six minutes to go.

It was Sami Hyypia’s first league win as Brighton manager. Hyypia did not last long at the AMEX Stadium, departing in December 2014.

August 3, 2013: Leeds United 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

It felt like the dawning of a new era. Elland Road was sold out for the first game of the season and the fans were keen to herald the arrival of the club’s first £1 million signing for nearly a decade.

Leeds went behind early on, but a goal from Ross McCormack tied the game heading into half-time.

The introduction of Matt Smith proved imperative for Leeds, as he headed the ball down for Luke Murphy, the summer addition, to score with one of the last kicks of the game.

April 27, 2013: Leeds United 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

There were three red cards and a penalty as Brighton secured their place in the Championship play-offs.

Will Buckley, currently on loan at Leeds, opened the scoring for Brighton. Leeds’ Rudy Austin was then questionably sent off for violent conduct.

The Whites equalised after Inigo Calderon fouled El Hadji-Diouf in the box, with Calderon seeing red. The Senegalese forward scored the penalty.

However, he was then sent off for making an obscene gesture at the Brighton fans, and Leonardo Ulloa scored an 88th minute winner.

February 11, 2012: Leeds United 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

Goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and Alan Navarro gave Brighton the three points at Elland Road.

Mackail-Smith opened the scoring, but Luciano Becchio, as he often did, levelled the tie with a headed effort only two minutes later.

However, United followed the trend of the season by conceding a late goal. Navarro’s low shot was deflected past Andy Lonergan late on.

The game would be future head coach Neil Redfearn’s first loss of his first temporary spell in charge of Leeds.

February 20, 2010: Leeds United 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Leeds continued to stumble as they tried to gain promotion from League One.

Behind Norwich City in the table but with three games in hand, Leeds could have gone top with a win.

However, they conceded in the 77th minute from a Glenn Murray penalty.

Simon Grayson’s substitutions had a huge impact on the outcome of the game - he put on Robert Snodgrass for Gary McSheffrey in the 78th minute, and the Scottish winger fired home in the 95th minute to rescue a point for Leeds.

League Positions: Leeds - 16th, P10 W2 D5 L3 F9 A13 GD-4 Pts11; Brighton - 1st, P10 W6 D4 L0 F14 A8 GD6 Pts22

Top scorers: Leeds - Chris Wood (4); Brighton - Tomer Hemed (5)

Last 5 games – Leeds:

Birmingham (H) L 0-2

Middesbrough (A) L 0-3

MK Dons (A) W 2-1 (Wood, Taylor)

Ipswich Town (H) L 0-1

Brentford (H) D 1-1 (Antenucci)

Brighton

Cardiff (H) D 1-1 (Stephens)

Bolton (A) D 2-2 (Stephens, Murphy)

Wolves (A) D 0-0

Rotherham (H) W 2-1 (Hemed, Stephens)

Hull City (H) W 1-0 (Hemed)

Chris Wood controls a high ball against Fulham at Elland Road on Tuesday night. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Leeds United midfielder backing striker to weigh in with the goals