Teenager Sam Byram rescued a point for Leeds but their play-off hopes were dented as struggling Peterborough secured a crucial draw at Elland Road.

Striker Dwight Gayle, 22, had given the visitors an early lead with a rising left-foot effort, his 11th goal in 20 league appearances.

But Leeds levelled when 19-year-old defender Byram guided Stephen Warnock's corner home at the far post.

The hosts could have won it but Jason Pearce headed agonisingly wide.

More frustration for Leeds

Leeds United are now unbeaten in six league games yet they have won just two of those and are five points from a play-off place with nine games remaining

Leeds are five points from the top-six but Neil Warnock's team are beginning to run out of games.

They have now drawn the last three matches, but they will be frustrated they failed to secure a first win in four games.

Peterborough, who move above Wolves in the Championship table to within two points of safety, might also have been celebrating victory had goalkeeper Paddy Kenny not denied Lee Tomlin.

They looked anything but a team in relegation trouble as Gayle rattled the bar in the 13th minute with a well-struck volley.

Leeds failed to heed the warning and Gayle created a goal out of nothing, the Posh forward skipping round defender Lee Peltier on the left edge of the area before finding Kenny's top right-hand corner in the 15th minute.

Tomlin's 25-yard effort had Kenny diving at full stretch to turn the ball away for a corner before Byram equalised in the 57th minute after connecting with Warnock's corner.

Warnock was relieved to be handed only a yellow card by referee Simon Hooper for bringing down Kane Ferdinand, who would have been clear on goal.

Then Gayle forced Kenny into a brilliant flying save to keep out a thumping right-footed drive before Pearce wasted a great chance to win it for Leeds after Paul Green's cross.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock:

"Every game we don't win at home is a missed opportunity.

"I won't be diverted from the nine games that are left. It's going to be a rollercoaster. We'll be criticised one week and praised the next.

"We've just got to get on with it, overcome the injuries and we've got to be brave, you've got to be brave when you play at Elland Road."

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson:

"It's not a good point. It's really disappointing that we dropped two points.

"It was a great opportunity to get three points and out of the last three draws I would say tonight was the biggest opportunity.

"We had seven or eight chances to get the second goal and we've not taken them."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 04 Lees (Pearce - 25' Booked )
  • 15 Warnock Booked
  • 07 Green Booked
  • 11 Varney
  • 18 Tonge
  • 19 Norris (Austin - 81' )
  • 25 Byram
  • 09 Morison (Diouf - 46' )
  • 44 McCormack

Substitutes

  • 12 Ashdown
  • 05 Pearce
  • 08 Austin
  • 14 White
  • 17 Brown
  • 21 Diouf
  • 22 Habibou

Peterborough

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 19 Little
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 07 Swanson (McCann - 62' )
  • 14 Rowe
  • 18 Ferdinand (Barnett - 77' )
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 26 Payne
  • 08 Tomlin
  • 34 Gayle

Substitutes

  • 13 Day
  • 03 Alcock
  • 04 Brisley
  • 24 Ntlhe
  • 11 McCann
  • 44 Mendez-Laing
  • 09 Barnett
Ref: Hooper
Att: 24,240

Match Stats

Shots

20 16

On target

9 9

Corners

8 4

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:58

Free kick taken by Grant McCann.

90:00 +3:58 Booking

Booking Jason Pearce is cautioned.

90:00 +3:49

Foul by Jason Pearce on Dwight Gayle, free kick awarded.

90:00 +3:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tyrone Barnett on Jason Pearce. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

90:00 +2:45

The ball is swung over by Paul Green, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jason Pearce misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +1:58

Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Warnock to the near post, clearance made by Jack Payne.

90:00 +1:18

Rodolph Austin takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

89:36

Michael Tonge produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

89:14

Paul Green sends in a cross, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

88:07

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Warnock from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Lee Tomlin.

87:25

Shot by Luke Varney from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

85:31

Lee Tomlin fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

85:31 Booking

Booking Paul Green receives a yellow card.

85:07

Dwight Gayle fouled by Paul Green, the ref awards a free kick.

82:41

Corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the right by-line, Tommy Rowe takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

82:30

Dwight Gayle takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

81:36

Corner taken right-footed by Ross McCormack from the left by-line to the near post, Gabriel Zakuani manages to make a clearance.

81:28

The ball is sent over by Samuel Byram, Mark Little gets a block in.

80:38 Substitution

Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Rodolph Austin coming on for David Norris.

80:28

Shot from just outside the box by Grant McCann goes over the bar.

80:07

Jack Payne takes a shot.

78:52

Stephen Warnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Dwight Gayle. Direct free kick taken by Lee Tomlin.

78:01

Centre by Stephen Warnock.

76:53 Substitution

Substitution Tyrone Barnett replaces Kane Ferdinand.

76:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Tomlin on Jason Pearce. Direct free kick taken by Jason Pearce.

75:39

Luke Varney is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

74:49

The referee blows for offside. Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick.

74:30

The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, save by Robert Olejnik.

74:22

The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Mark Little.

74:09

El-Hadji Diouf takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

73:46

Michael Tonge takes a shot. Michael Bostwick gets a block in. Ross McCormack takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.

73:16

A cross is delivered by Mark Little, Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

72:28

Unfair challenge on Mark Little by Stephen Warnock results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Bostwick.

71:38

David Norris is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

69:58

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Grant McCann.

69:58 Booking

Booking Stephen Warnock goes into the referee's book.

69:30

Stephen Warnock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kane Ferdinand.

69:21

The ball is swung over by Samuel Byram, Mark Little manages to make a clearance.

67:12

Mark Little crosses the ball, Dwight Gayle concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Green. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.

66:15

Paul Green takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

65:30

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Grant McCann. Gabriel Zakuani takes a shot. Comfortable save by Patrick Kenny.

63:28

Stephen Warnock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Tomlin. Free kick taken by Michael Bostwick.

61:49 Substitution

Substitution Danny Swanson leaves the field to be replaced by Grant McCann.

60:25

David Norris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Swanson. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

59:48

A cross is delivered by Samuel Byram, Header from deep inside the area by Jason Pearce goes over the bar.

59:28

Ross McCormack takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.

59:22

El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, Michael Bostwick manages to make a clearance.

59:10

Corner taken short by El-Hadji Diouf.

58:56

Stephen Warnock sends in a cross, Gabriel Zakuani manages to make a clearance.

58:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Michael Bostwick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ross McCormack, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.

58:15

Michael Bostwick concedes a free kick for a foul on Samuel Byram. Free kick taken by Lee Peltier.

56:35

The assist for the goal came from Stephen Warnock.

56:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Samuel Byram - Leeds 1 - 1 Peterboro Samuel Byram grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Leeds 1-1 Peterborough.

56:11

Stephen Warnock takes the inswinging corner,

56:04

The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Tommy Rowe manages to make a clearance.

54:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Mark Little. Stephen Warnock delivers the ball, Header on goal by Jason Pearce from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

52:16

The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Mark Little makes a clearance. Shot from just outside the box by Stephen Warnock misses to the left of the goal.

51:42

The ball is swung over by Michael Tonge, Header by Luke Varney from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

49:55

Corner taken short by El-Hadji Diouf. The ball is crossed by Paul Green, Robert Olejnik makes a save.

48:32

Dwight Gayle produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

47:42

Lee Peltier concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Tomlin. Free kick taken by Jack Payne.

45:40

El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution El-Hadji Diouf on for Steve Morison.

45:00 +1:42 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:37

Stephen Warnock delivers the ball.

45:00 +0:19

Shot by Steve Morison from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

43:41

The assistant referee signals for offside against Steve Morison. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

40:42

Samuel Byram fouled by Tommy Rowe, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

40:10

Paul Green takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a comfortable save.

39:48

Centre by Ross McCormack.

37:23

Shot by Tommy Rowe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

35:29

Inswinging corner taken by Ross McCormack, clearance by Tommy Rowe. The ball is crossed by Ross McCormack, Close range header by Jason Pearce goes over the crossbar.

35:05

Dwight Gayle takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Lee Peltier gets a block in.

32:35

Luke Varney produces a cross, Stephen Warnock produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

31:29

Lee Tomlin challenges Lee Peltier unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

31:06

The ball is swung over by Ross McCormack, clearance made by Gabriel Zakuani.

29:36

Michael Tonge takes a shot. Gabriel Zakuani gets a block in.

29:16

Foul by Michael Tonge on Danny Swanson, free kick awarded. Danny Swanson takes the direct free kick.

28:04

The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock, clearance by Gabriel Zakuani.

27:45

The ball is crossed by Stephen Warnock, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.

25:55

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Varney. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

24:57 Substitution

Substitution Jason Pearce on for Tom Lees.

24:33

Steve Morison produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

22:47

The ball is swung over by Danny Swanson. The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Swanson. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.

22:08

Nathaniel Knight-Percival fouled by Steve Morison, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Tomlin.

21:56

Mark Little crosses the ball.

21:09

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Tomlin, Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a comfortable save.

20:53

Lee Tomlin takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

18:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Little by Stephen Warnock. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lee Tomlin from right channel, Paul Green manages to make a clearance.

15:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Bostwick on Ross McCormack. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

14:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Dwight Gayle - Leeds 0 - 1 Peterboro Dwight Gayle scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Peterborough.

12:19

Dwight Gayle takes a shot. Shot by Dwight Gayle from 12 yards. Save by Patrick Kenny.

9:55

Corner taken by Lee Tomlin, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Gabriel Zakuani misses to the left of the goal.

7:21

Ross McCormack concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Rowe. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee Tomlin, save made by Patrick Kenny.

5:37

Michael Tonge takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

5:27

The ball is delivered by Stephen Warnock, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.

5:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dwight Gayle on Lee Peltier. Free kick taken by Michael Tonge.

4:05

The offside flag is raised against Ross McCormack. Robert Olejnik takes the direct free kick.

1:05

Foul by Lee Peltier on Dwight Gayle, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee Tomlin from right wing.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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