HUll City 2 Leeds United 2: YEP jury verdicts

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 2-2 draw at Hull City,

KEITH INGHAM

Leeds United fans celebrate Stuart Dallas' goal.

Leeds United fans celebrate Stuart Dallas' goal.

Leeds continued their unbeaten run with a 2-2 draw at Hull City, Leeds had been ahead until two goals in first-half injury time turned the game on its head.

Stuart Dallas’ goal gave Leeds a deserved share of the points with a late leveller after Chris Wood had missed a earlier penalty.

Steve Evans made two changes to the team that beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday evening, Liam Bridcutt and Stuart Dallas replacing Lewie Coyle and a little surprisingly Luke Murphy, who was my man of the match against Reading and also had a impressive 80 minutes in the game versus Wolves.

Both players dropped to the bench, Giuseppe Bellusci was surprisingly omitted from the 18 on duty, with Scott Wootton in on merit according to head coach Steve Evans.

Hull started the brightest and soon had the back line of Leeds worried, but although they dominated early pressure, it was Leeds who gained the upper hand with the first goal. Charlie Taylor’s wonderful left wing cross went over Lee Erwin but fell at the feet of Wood who volleyed the ball past McGregor on 15 minutes.

It was the striker’s 12th goal of the season.

Leeds held this lead until stoppage time when Robert Snodgrass played in Abel Hernandez six yards out and he didn’t miss. Worse was to follow as Tom Huddlestone beat Silvestri from distance. Two goals in two minutes gave Hull City the lead at the break.

The second half brought a change for Leeds, as Steve Evans brought on Jordan Botaka for Lee Erwin and within minutes Leeds had the opportunity to draw level, Charlie Taylor’s run into the box was crudely stopped by Moses Odubjajo and a penalty was awarded.

Unfortunately, Wood’s poor penalty was saved by Allan McGregor. Evans brought on Luke Murphy for Toumani Diagouraga as they tried to get the equaliser. Gaetano Berardi stopped a certain goal with a block before Snodgrass, fired a shot high over the bar. On 75 minutes, Berardi was carried off after a challenge by Jake Livermore, it looked a bad injury that could end the Swiss player’s season.

Lewie Coyle replaced him at right-back after the stoppage, some bottles were thrown at the injured Leeds player as he left the field. There’s no place for that in football!

Hull came close to increasing their lead before substitute Jordan Botaka set off on a run and laid the ball back to Stuart Dallas and the Northern Ireland international fired past McGregor to give Leeds a deserved draw.

A battling performance by the men in white and a top ten place is still achievable.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

DAVID WATKINS

Leeds United are just starting to do what they are supposed to! It is just a shame we have taken all season to work it out!

I plumped for a 2- 2 draw thinking that would be the absolute best we could achieve but in the event we could’ve come away from the KC Stadium with a 3-2 win and all three points.

That would probably have been rough justice on Hull City mind, as they bossed the possession and amassed 21 attempts on goal to our paltry five but we did at least get four of our five on target and score with two of them.

Overall it was another solid display from Leeds albeit one that did remind us yet again that we need to strengthen in defence and we could do with more up front.

We are none the wiser yet as to whether Steve Evans will be in charge next season but few would deny he deserves his chance.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

MATTHEW EVANS

As expected, Hull proved a much trickier opponent than those we faced in our previous three games but, despite having to withstand some heavy pressure, United pulled off a creditable draw to make it four points taken from Hull this season.

As the season winds down attention is turning to Steve Evans’ future and three wins and a draw will surely be doing him no harm at all. His decision to replace Erwin with Botaka made all the difference with the sub setting up Stuart Dallas for the late equaliser.

Evans has probably earned the right to manage the team through the summer and into next season but we said the same of Neil Redfearn last year and he hadn’t yet been sacked when Uwe Rosler was presented at a press conference.

Hopefully the lessons of this season have been learned.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

GARY NEWBOULD

United rescued a late but very creditable point against Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Despite surviving sustained spells of pressure from their promotion chasing hosts it was the Whites who took the lead on 15 minutes as Chris Wood took his tally for the season to 12.

Unfortunately two instances of slack defending in first-half injury-time meant United finish the initial 45 minutes a goal in arrears.

Eight minutes after the restart and the Whites missed a gilt-edged chance when Wood failed to convert a penalty. However two minutes from time Stuart Dallas rescued a point with a fine finish from the edge of the area.

Man of the match: Stuart Dallas.

STEPHEN CLARK

April has been a good month for Leeds United and the Whites continued their fine vein of form with a very good point at Hull City which ended the home side’s hopes of automatic promotion.

Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas have hit goalscoring form and both continued decent runs by grabbing the goals at the KC Stadium.

But for a blip in stoppage time at the end of the first half, when Leeds somehow conceded twice and a missed penalty from Wood, Leeds could have had all three points.

Steve Evans would not be my choice to take Leeds forward, but to be honest he is putting up a pretty strong case to be given more time and the opportunity to take the team forward. The ball is firmly in Mr Cellino’s court now.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

JAMES HARRISON

It was really exciting watching us play on Saturday. We pass the ball better than ever in the Championship and look threatening up front. Hull are a top side and we more than matched them. We are just a few players short to really compete in this division.

Man of the match: Stuart Dallas.

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