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Preston North End 1-1 Leeds United: Eddie Nketiah scores late equaliser for Leeds

Eddie Nketiah (left) is yet to start a Championship game for Leeds this season but has netted three goals in nine substitute appearances
Eddie Nketiah (left) is yet to start a Championship game for Leeds this season but has netted three goals in nine substitute appearances in the league

Leeds United substitute Eddie Nketiah rescued a point with a late equaliser against fellow promotion chasers Preston North End at Deepdale.

The on-loan Arsenal striker looped a header into the net from a left-wing cross with three minutes remaining, despite Patrick Bauer's best efforts to clear the ball off the line.

Preston went ahead, having rarely threatened the visitors' goal until Tom Barkhuizen's 74th-minute opener.

North End began a quick counter-attack down the right touchline and substitute Sean Maguire's low cross was converted from close range by Barkhuizen.

That looked like lifting Alex Neil's side into the Championship's top two, but England Under-21 forward Nketiah scored his fifth Leeds goal of the season to deny them all three points.

There was a possibility that Leeds could have reclaimed leadership of the division if they had won at Deepdale - a prospect that increased with news of West Bromwich Albion's first-half struggles against bottom club Barnsley.

However, not for the first time this season, their failure to take chances in attack proved costly.

Patrick Bamford was off target with four efforts either side of half-time, Ezgjan Alioski drilled past the post from the edge of the box and Jack Harrison turned a second-half cross wide from eight yards.

Bamford, who has now gone eight games without a goal, was also denied by a superb last-ditch tackle by Preston defender Ben Davies when shaping to shoot from 12 yards.

Preston, for whom Barkhuizen headed over from a corner with the score at 1-0, stay unbeaten at home in the Championship in 2019-20, taking 17 points from seven home league games.

Premier League champions Manchester City are the only side to beat them at Deepdale so far this season, knocking them out of the Carabao Cup in the third round.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa told BBC Radio Leeds:

"Until they scored, the match was completely for us.

"After they scored, we multiplied our efforts to try to score. We could have won the match. After they scored, they had chances to score again, and they could have won the match.

"What is clear is that the opponent doesn't need to command the match to create chances."

Preston North End manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Tactically, I think it was one of those games where both teams were trying to nullify each other.

"I don't think many teams will go to-to-toe with them.

"I think they have been really dominant against a lot of teams, so for the lads to do what they did tonight, and put that amount of effort into it, I was really, really pleased for the lads- I thought they did great."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2FisherBooked at 86mins
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 15Rafferty
  • 4Pearson
  • 8Browne
  • 44Potts
  • 11Johnson
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forGreenat 90+1'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forMaguireat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Gallagher
  • 16Hughes
  • 18Ledson
  • 19Green
  • 20Stockley
  • 24Maguire
  • 25Ripley

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 28BerardiSubstituted forRobertsat 77'minutes
  • 10Alioski
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 15Dallas
  • 43Klich
  • 22Harrison
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forNketiahat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Douglas
  • 11Roberts
  • 14Nketiah
  • 30Miazek
  • 36Gotts
  • 40Davis
  • 47Clarke
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
18,275

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home11
Away22
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Leeds United 1.

Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Preston North End) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Browne following a set piece situation.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Andre Green replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Attempt blocked. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Attempt blocked. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Leeds United 1. Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a cross following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Attempt blocked. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Alan Browne with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

Attempt saved. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a cross.

Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Leeds United).

Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas tries a through ball, but Mateusz Klich is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Eddie Nketiah replaces Patrick Bamford.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts replaces Gaetano Berardi.

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Leeds United 0. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Maguire following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Sean Maguire replaces David Nugent.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson following a set piece situation.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom137512415926
2Leeds13733178924
3Sheff Wed137241810823
4QPR137242323023
5Preston1364324141022
6Nottm Forest126421610622
7Swansea136431713422
8Charlton126331812621
9Bristol City125521816220
10Fulham125432012819
11Birmingham136161215-319
12Brentford135351511418
13Cardiff134631919018
14Blackburn134361518-315
15Derby123631518-315
16Millwall133641419-515
17Luton124261820-214
18Wigan124261016-614
19Hull123451619-313
20Reading133371419-512
21Middlesbrough122461117-610
22Huddersfield122371420-69
23Stoke132291323-108
24Barnsley131571125-148
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