Leeds United v Brighton and Hove Albion: YEP jury verdict

Leeds players thank the fans.

Leeds players thank the fans.

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The YEP jury provide their verdict on Leeds United’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion at Elland Road.

DAVID GOODWILL

Leeds ended the home campaign in gallant defeat, a game ruined by referee Mr Scott who brandished his red card within quarter of an hour, seemingly duped by the Brighton forward Ashley Barnes following a collision with Rodolph Austin, and a player ironically returning from a seven-match ban for tripping a match official.

United had gifted the Seagulls an opening goal with a woefully short back pass from Tom Lees which Will Buckley swept home and our numerical disadvantage suggested a difficult afternoon ahead.

However, the majority of opportunities created in the remainder of the half were for the home side who once again lacked a natural predator to break the remarkable sequence of goalless first halves, now totalling 20 or 900 minutes.

The second half meandered along with the visitors happy to retain possession without real conviction and the ten man urged on by a healthy final day crowd gained the upper hand.

The midfield trio of Paul Green, Michael Tongue and particularly Ross McCormack probed away until El-Hadji Diouf was fouled by substitute Inigo Calderon who became the second dismissal of the afternoon as the referee sought to redress his earlier blunder.

The Senegalese striker duly despatched the penalty but before the restart his gesture towards the away fans was deemed sufficient to merit another red card, hat-trick and match ball for Mr Scott. The further reduction in personnel left gaps to be exploited but it was still something of a surprise when a pin-point cross was headed home by Leonardo Ulloa three minutes from time.

The consolation was the manner in which Leeds retained possession, organisation and aggression in adversity which drew deserved applause at the final whistle.

The players and staff duly trooped round the pitch to thank the fans for their support and patience during a turbulent and wasted season. No two campaigns are ever the same and with reasonable financial backing I genuinely believe Brian McDermott can oversee a season to remember and wish him all the very best in his quest for success. The length of contracts handed out by his predecessor to a number of players will make changes difficult but not insurmountable.

Given our final fixture at Watford next week, their potential prize for victory and our horrendous away record, it is entirely possible that Leeds could well survive relegation by a single point. To those that make the big decisions at the club don’t let that happen again please.

Finally, congratulations to young Sam Byram who deservedly swept the board at the annual awards ceremony. I can only hope he does the same wearing a white (and Blue) shirt in the Premiership in years to come.

Man of the match: Ross McCormack.

KEITH INGHAM

For the last home game of a disappointing season, Brian McDermott had to change things before kick-off when YEP player-of-the-season Sam Byram was injured during the warm up, Lee Peltier came in at right-back.

Leeds started brightly but it was Brighton who took the lead on ten minutes when a mistake by Lees was punished clinically by Buckley. Worse for Leeds was to follow when Austin was showed a straight red for a elbow on Barnes on 14 minutes, harsh to say the least. Most around me thought a booking would have been enough. Leeds had at least one penalty shout and McCormack was unlucky with a overhead shot that drifted wide.

With under 20 minutes still to play El-Hadji Diouf was upended by Calderon, who was sent off and after Diouf converted the penalty he ran to celebrate in front of the Brighton fans and was sent off for his gesture towards them, so Leeds had to play the last 15 minutes with nine men.

As per usual, another late goal from an unmarked Ulloa gave the points to Poyet’s men.

Leeds almost got an equaliser from a corner but Kuszczak made a great save. A word or two about the worst officiating I’ve seen in a long time at Leeds. It wasn’t a dirty game yet three players saw red but several other challenges by Brighton players went unpunished.

Man of the match: Ross McCormack.

BEN SCOTT

DESPITE the three sendings off the game was fairly evenly balanced with Paddy Kenny not as busy as expected.

But time and again our final ball wasn’t good enough and our off the ball movement not cute enough and Brighton took advantage and grabbed a winner.

Man of the match: Stephen Warnock.

GARY NEWBOULD

United signed off their home campaign with a defeat to play-off bound Brighton.

A nervous opening from the Whites saw the visitors hit the post before taking the lead and only a couple of minutes later Rodolph Austin saw red for an alleged elbow.

For the next hour United performed admirably despite their numerical disadvantage and it was no more than they deserved when El-Hadji Diouf converted a penalty which he had won. However the hero, immediately became the villain when he was then sent off for an inappropriate celebration.

The visitors then cemented their play-off position which was somewhat hard on United.

Man of the match: Ross McCormack.

SHUN HARRIS

THIS game will be forever remembered for Diouf’s stupidity in being sent off.

Had he managed to restrain himself I was certain we’d go on and win the match. After a hour playing against 10 men, Brighton only had a one-goal lead and were there for the taking.

Man of the match: Lee Peltier.

STEPHEN CLARK

A bizarre afternoon at Elland Road saw Leeds United’s home campaign end in defeat to play-off chasing Brighton.

Already a goal down following Tom Lees horrendous blunder, Leeds were reduced to 10 men by a ridiculous sending off, Rodolph Austin apparently not allowed to touch Barnes off the ball.

Leeds thoroughly deserved their equaliser, when El-Hadji Diouf was hauled over inside the box. Diouf tucked home the spot-kick, but his reaction to constant goading from the away support saw him react in a manner which offended the linesman and he was dismissed.

Leeds then conceded the customary late goal which has so blighted the campaign.

Man of the match: Ross McCormack.

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