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Leeds United 1-1 Luton Town: Stuart Dallas goal earns leaders draw

By James LawBBC Sport
Stuart Dallas scores for Leeds
Stuart Dallas (left) stayed calm in a crowded penalty area to level for Leeds

Leeds United came from behind to draw with relegation-threatened Luton Town and extend their lead at the top of the Championship to four points.

It was far from a vintage performance from Marcelo Bielsa's side, who did not get going until Harry Cornick gave the visitors a shock second-half lead with a superb curling finish on the counter.

From then on it was an onslaught from the hosts, Luton goalkeeper Simon Sluga making several good saves before Stuart Dallas had the presence of mind to control the ball inside a crowded box and place low into the net to equalise.

Leeds were the only side who looked like going on to win, Patrick Bamford losing his footing when well-placed to head home and Helder Costa failing to get good contact to a last-gasp Ezgjan Alioski cross.

The result means the Whites are now just six points clear of third-placed Brentford - who thrashed Reading on Tuesday - while Luton fall back to the bottom of the table but are now just two points from safety in a congested fight for survival.

The Hatters have won one and drawn the other two of their games since the season's restart, with returning boss Nathan Jones continuing the fine form shown before the coronavirus suspension under predecessor Graeme Jones.

While victory for Barnsley over Blackburn on Tuesday saw them drop to the bottom of the table, they will feel boosted by the poor form of relegation rivals Huddersfield, Hull and Stoke.

Leeds take too long to get going

Liam Cooper hobbles off
Leeds captain Liam Cooper stayed down for some time before receiving treatment and being substituted

Leeds were unsurprisingly unchanged from Saturday's 3-0 demolition of promotion rivals Fulham but were forced into an early change with captain Liam Cooper forced off with a lower back injury.

Tyler Roberts was the home side's most lively player early on, playing in Bamford for a half-chance and blasting just over himself, but once Luton weathered the early storm they looked comfortable and might have been awarded a penalty when Gaetano Berardi - who came on for Cooper before being substituted at half-time - gave the ball away and appeared to nudge over Callum McManaman in the penalty area.

Luton themselves made five changes from their surprise weekend win at Swansea, with Glen Rea getting injured in the warm-up and Danny Hylton getting his first start since March 2019.

Their breakaway goal came from a Ryan Tunnicliffe through ball which found sub Cornick, who was being shepherded by Ben White but managed to open his body and bend into the top corner past Illan Meslier.

Sluga made a great double save to stop a Kalvin Phillips free-kick and Alioski follow-up but could not keep out Dallas' composed effort, which came three minutes after the introduction of Leeds talisman Pablo Hernandez.

Chances came for Bielsa's side towards the end but in truth it was a frustrating first hour which led to them having to chase the game, with Luton arguably deserving to come away from an empty Elland Road with something to show for after a dogged display.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa (right) often cut a frustrated figure on the touchline
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa (right) often cut a frustrated figure on the touchline

Reaction

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa: "It is a pity for us because we lost five points that weren't difficult to win.

"In the second half Alioski and Harrison made more things. The team was more fluid with more continuity in the play.

"The opponent needed two chances to score and we needed 12 chances to score once. It's a match that we should've won easily, because it was even clearer than the Cardiff match."

Luton manager Nathan Jones: "Defensively I thought we were excellent. It's a wonderful performance and wonderful point - I would love to be more fluent but they gave me everything and tactically we got it right.

"We denied them space and pressed in a certain way - we were very disciplined.

"It was a definite penalty for me [on McManaman] but there might've been a handball in the build-up. You're certainly not getting that at a full Elland Road but I thought there'd be a better chance in an empty ground."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 5White
  • 6CooperSubstituted forBerardiat 12'minutesSubstituted forAlioskiat 45'minutes
  • 15DallasSubstituted forShackletonat 90+4'minutes
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 43KlichSubstituted forHernándezat 61'minutes
  • 11Roberts
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 3Douglas
  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 10Alioski
  • 19Hernández
  • 28Berardi
  • 30Miazek
  • 34Struijk
  • 36Gotts
  • 46Shackleton

Luton

Formation 5-3-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 26Bree
  • 6Pearson
  • 18Carter-VickersBooked at 55mins
  • 5Bradley
  • 3PottsBooked at 87mins
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 2CranieSubstituted forCollinsat 64'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 9HyltonSubstituted forBoltonat 64'minutes
  • 7McManamanBooked at 2minsSubstituted forCornickat 45'minutesBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

  • 10Lee
  • 11Shinnie
  • 14Cornick
  • 19Collins
  • 20Moncur
  • 22Bolton
  • 24Brown
  • 29Butterfield
  • 36Shea
Referee:
John Brooks

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home23
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home15
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Luton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Luton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Stuart Dallas because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Ben White tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski with a cross.

  9. Booking

    James Collins (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  12. Booking

    Dan Potts (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matty Pearson.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

  19. Post update

    James Bree (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds40229960332775
2West Brom391914664382671
3Brentford402091170333769
4Fulham4019101154441067
5Nottm Forest391713952401264
6Cardiff40151695751661
7Preston39169145249357
8Swansea401415115047357
9Derby391512125452257
10Blackburn401511145550556
11Millwall401317104744356
12Bristol City391510145358-555
13Sheff Wed391410154951-252
14Wigan401311164550-550
15QPR40148185966-750
16Reading401310174848049
17Birmingham391213145160-949
18Charlton401210184654-846
19Middlesbrough391014153950-1144
20Stoke40127215061-1143
21Hull39119195267-1542
22Huddersfield39119194663-1742
23Barnsley401011194562-1741
24Luton40117224673-2740
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