'It's a good point' - Luke Ayling hails Leeds United's battling Elland Road draw with Chelsea

The Whites earned a hard-fought point against Chelsea.

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 13th March 2021, 4:12 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th March 2021, 4:14 pm
Leeds United defender Luke Ayling in action against Chelsea. Pic: Bruce Rollinson
Leeds United defender Luke Ayling in action against Chelsea. Pic: Bruce Rollinson

Luke Ayling hailed a good point for Leeds United in a battling 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Elland Road.

The Whites played out a goalless encounter with the visiting Blues on Saturday lunchtime in Premier League action.

Illan Meslier put in a strong performance for Leeds between the posts while Chelsea's Edouard Mendy pulled off two stunning saves from Tyler Roberts and Raphinha.

Roberts saw a curling effort from outside the box tipped onto the crossbar before Raphinha was denied by an impressive one-handed stop in the second half.

Meslier denied Kai Havertz from close range and Ben Chilwell missed the best chance of the game for Thomas Tuchel's men from inside the box with time running out.

Leeds, though, held firm to halt a two-match losing streak in the top flight and put yet another point on the board towards midtable safety.

"I think it's a fair result," Ayling reflected post-match.

"There weren't many chances in the game. We tried to press them high up the pitch and make it hard for them.

"I think we did that and broke the press a few times but there weren't many chances for either team. Our chances were probably the best in the game. Rapha on another day probably should score but it's a good point.

"It was one of those games. Each team got into good positions but that final pass or ball behind along with a few slips at vital moments."

Whites top scorer Patrick Bamford limped off in the opening half through injury in LS11. Marcelo Bielsa said his condition was still unknown after the game following an aerial collision with Antonio Rudiger.

"Not really," Ayling said over whether the change in personnel had a big impact on Leeds.

"Us boys play the same way for whoever is in the team. We're set up to come in and out. He's our top goalscorer so that's 13 goals out of our team but we'll back our players to come in and score goals.

"We've had quite a few injuries but I think it's the same for every team. It's been a long two years without the pre-season."