Leeds United Under-23s - from the notebook: Izzy Brown absence, Tyler Roberts stars and Whites get a penalty

Leeds United's Under-23s returned to winning ways on Monday afternoon as they ran out 3-1 winners over Sheffield United in the Professional Development League - but what were some key talking points from the fixture?

Monday, 26th November 2018, 5:44 pm
Updated Monday, 26th November 2018, 5:55 pm

Izzy Brown absence

The Whites loanee revealed last week he was due to play against Sheffield United on Monday afternoon in a view to stepping up his comeback from a torn ACL injury.

Brown, who joined Leeds on a season-long loan from Chelsea in the summer, was absent though from Carlos Corberan's squad as they ran out Yorkshire derby winners at Stocksbridge Park.

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The 21-year-old is now instead expected to play some part in Friday evening's Premier League Cup tie against Newcastle United in a bid to gain fitness as he pushes for inclusion in Marcelo Bielsa's first-team squad for the first time since his move.

Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison star

Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts completed an hour of the PDL North clash alongside Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison who featured for the opening 45 minutes.

Roberts grabbed two goals and looked sharp as he tested Blades stopper Marcus Dewhurst from long-range before opening the scoring from the spot.

The Welsh internationals second of the afternoon was a moment to remember as he flicked the ball up for himself on the edge of the box and hit a beautiful volley over the rooted Sheffield United goalkeeper less than 60 seconds after the break.

Harrison also picked up some handy match minutes and produced a lovely jinking run as he beat three players before a one-two with Clarke Oduor which saw him bundled to the ground inside the area with referee Nathan Cox pointing to the spot.

The City loanee picked up a knock just before the break from a trailing Blades leg. Harrison though was expected to be replaced at half-time despite the knock and appeared to run off the issue just before the interval.

Leeds get a penalty... no really!

It's been 56 long games at senior level but the Under-23s are proof that Leeds United aren't, despite popular belief, immune from being awarded a spot kick.

Leeds last received a penalty at first team level against Tuesday's opponents Reading in October 2017 in which Pablo Hernandez missed as United fell to defeat against the Royals.