'You should never give up' - Stuart Dallas reflects on stunning last-gasp victory over Manchester City

The Whites claimed an unlikely win over Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 3:58 pm
Leeds United celebrate Stuart Dallas' last-gasp winner at Manchester City. Pic: Getty

Stuart Dallas says Leeds United's late victory over Manchester City shows that you should 'never give up' in football.

The Whites claimed a stunning and unlikely three points over the Premier League champions in waiting on Saturday lunchtime at the Etihad stadium.

The Northern Irishman's injury-time strike saw Marcelo Bielsa's men secure a 2-1 victory having played the whole second half with 10 men in Manchester.

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Club captain Liam Cooper was sent off just seconds before the half-time interval for a high challenge on Gabriel Jesus, which required VAR intervention after referee Andre Marriner initially handed out a yellow card.

Dallas had earlier put United in front with a low shot but City winger Ferran Torres eventually equalised with 14 minutes to go after relentless pressure from Pep Guardiola's hosts.

Leeds, though, countered in added time through Dallas with the utility man keeping calm to slide a low shot past the onrushing Ederson to spark wild celebrations.

"Against these teams you don't get chances, so you need to be clinical. I think I took one touch and closed my eyes," Dallas reflected post-match.

"It is a great result for us. It was tough out there. It is hard enough with 11, never mind 10. We defended really well and kept them to very few good chances.

"We knew if we could have a bit more composure we could get one chance. You hope Raphinha going through is the one but I managed to get on the end of one. I saw it opening up.

"We came with a game plan we always have but going down to 10 that changes. We are man to man so that changes. We dug in and showed a different side to us. We have been criticised has our defending but we stood up.

Asked about Cooper's red card in the opening half, Dallas said: "I haven't seen it (the red) back yet. He won the ball but has left something on him. He gave the referee decision to make, but we had to get on with it.

"You should never give up. Going down to 10 and they equalise - but we managed to find something. It is about how much you really want it."