Leeds United man’s sub frustration, ‘back with a bang’ and off-camera moments vs Crystal Palace

Here are the off-camera moments you might not have spotted during Leeds United’s draw with Crystal Palace in Australia.
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Leeds United's tour Down Under has come to an end after a win, a defeat and a draw.

Jesse Marsch's Whites finished off their time in Australia with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at Perth's Optus Stadium in front of 33,000.

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Here's the YEP take on who had a good day, who didn't and what went on off-camera.

Good day

Leo Hjelde

A calf niggle picked up on the Gold Coast might have derailed his tour but he came back with a bang in the final game. Showed serious composure on and off the ball for one so young.

Bad day

Daniel James

Tried to add energy in the form of aggression but misdirected it and conceded free-kicks. Was unable to contribute much in possession.

Number of the day


Luis Sinisterra's first start lasted just a dozen minutes. His pre-season hasn't got off the ground yet, despite showing some lovely touches in training. Leeds will pray his hamstring injury is minor.

Turning point

Hour mark

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Leeds started to get hit on the break as the second half developed and struggled to cope with it, leading to an equaliser. Being so exposed from their own attacks will give Marsch food for thought.


Patrick Bamford and Adam Forshaw catching up with former Middlesbrough team-mate Rhys Williams before the game. Williams is now working in broadcasting in his native Australia and sporting a magnificent beard.

The Optus Stadium's 'oblivious cam' on the big screen caught some Leeds fans unawares before the game, with the camera trained on them and a counter ticking off the length of time it took them to twig.

Cody Drameh didn't make the game through a hamstring niggle and was put through his own training session up and down the touchline as his team-mates warmed up for the game.

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Jesse Marsch yet again rotated his players to share out the minutes and it didn't go down well with everyone. Marc Roca, on as a substitute for Adam Forshaw in the first half, was withdrawn in the second half and clearly wanted to stay on having settled in. Marsch and staff members placated him before he grabbed a plastic chair to perch on, knocking it to the ground in his haste and frustration.

A feisty game led to animated body language from staff and players of both sides. Oh to be a fly on the dugout wall as Patrick Vieira and Rasmus Kristensen engaged in a conversation on the touchline during a second half break in play.

Archie Gray was available to Marsch for this game despite being stretchered off at Aston Villa and at one stage in the second half, as he warmed up with a fitness coach, it appeared as if he might come on. But as tackles flew in and the game continued to boast a physical edge, Gray's chances of minutes slowly evaporated. He lives to fight another day.

At full-time Darko Gyabi caught up with Malcolm Ebiowei and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, while Kristensen had a chat with fellow Danish international Joachim Andersen and then swapped shirts.

Leeds, as they have done all tour, spent time acknowledging their fans following the game and Marsch once again gave it the full fist pumping routine.