The YEP jury give their verdict to Leeds United's 2-2 draw with Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
Years following United: 25
A quite surreal afternoon at Fratton Park saw Leeds pick up a useful point away in a game delayed by floodlight failures! Leeds were poor in the first half and could have been more than 1-0 down at half-time. United came out all guns blazing in the second half and Becchio equalised with his 50th for the club. A poor goal was then conceded before Somma snatched a point for us. Leeds looked tired in the first 45 and the break will come as a welcome relief for the club before our visit to Hull a week Tuesday.
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Years following United: 38
Fratton Park has changed little in the 20 years plus since my first visit and invariably throws up a memorable game. Portsmouth controlled the first half for long periods but claimed just a single goal lead. Leeds returned after the break transformed and levelled through Becchio but a defensive blunder handed Pompey the lead. Enter Somma, who equalised with his first touch and United look set for maximum points but the floodlights failed, not once but twice and the referee halted the game five minutes short to avoid Portsmouth further embarrassment.
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Years following United: 18
Leeds came away with a well-earned point from Fratton Park, but I think it could've been all three. United started the game sluggishly and went in at the break a goal down. The players looked much more lively after the break – Becchio equalising after just a couple of minutes. United do not know when they're beaten so when Pompey went ahead again, Somma scored just after to equalise. By this time Leeds were well on top and I don't doubt that Pompey breathed a sigh of relief at trouble with the floodlights.
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Years following United: 40
A game of two halves saw United return from the south coast with a share of the spoils. After a poor first half, only an excellent save from Kasper Schmeichel kept the deficit at 1-0 by half-time. Within two minutes of the interval Becchio levelled the game but poor defending saw United quickly fall behind again. But Somma then netted with his first touch to put the Whites back on level terms. The final 20 minutes saw United dominate their hosts and only a smart save from the Pompey keeper from Howson prevented the Whites returning with all three points.
Years following United: 17
With almost as many floodlight failures as goals, the flow of the game was disrupted three times, twice at times when Leeds were looking to push for all three points. But a point at Fratton Park is an acceptable return after being second best for the bulk of the first half. Somma took his goal well and again reminded everyone of the strength in depth we have. I still believe we need another midfielder due to Andy Hughes joining Scunthorpe – we are desperately low on resources in that position at the moment.