Big setback for Leeds United youngsters despite impact from Whites midfielder
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United’s under-21s were in action at the same time as the club’s first team took on Championship leaders Leicester City on Friday night as Michael Skubala’s youngsters faced a PL2 D1 clash against Crystal Palace in York. Leeds approached the contest unbeaten from their last three games and having impressed in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool but the Eagles romped to a 7-1 victory at the LNER Community Stadium in York.
Palace arrived having lost five of their seven league games so far this season but on the back of Monday night’s 3-0 triumph at home to West Brom and the visitors eased to another victory that lifted them up to 15th place in the 26-team division. Leeds still sit mid-table in 14th place, a point and a position ahead of Palace.
The Whites were 6-0 down when substitute midfielder Joe Snowdon struck for Skubala’s side in the 92nd minute but Palace added a seventh goal themselves four minutes later.
Three of the Eagles goals arrived from set pieces in a game in which the visitors led 3-0 at the break. United’s under-21s will be back in action next Sunday with the visit of Chelsea to York in a Premier League Cup tie.
Leeds United under-21s v Crystal Palace: van den Heuvel, Sutcliffe (Mullen 45), Ferguson, Monteiro, Hjelde, Bate, Douglas (McGurk 45), Crew (Carole 45), Joseph, Gyabi, Allen (Snowdon 80). Subs not used: Christy.