2 - 1
[Struijk (p)]
Preston North End
Leeds United

Tuesday 26th December 2023, 12:30pm | Championship
Deepdale | Attendance: 21,816

Manager: Daniel Farke | Referee: Josh Smith

Leeds recent bad run of form continued as Liam Millar's 89th minute winner gave Preston an unlikely 2-1 win over ten man Leeds. The starting eleven may have been the same, but the performance was a far cry from that who ripped apart Ipswich Town just three days previously. They have struggled against sides defending in numbers this season, though when all said and done, the stats show that the Lilywhites had the lions share of opportunities.

After a drab and uneventful first half, the game burst into life on 53 minutes when Illan Meslier was given a straight red card, after retaliating to a double hand shove by Milutin Osmaji?. The Frenchman used the palm of his hand to push the Preston forward face first out of his vicinity, causing him to spiral into an acrobatic reverse 4 1/2 somersault. Had he performed the feat from the 10m board of a swimming pool, it could have earned him a respectful 7.3 from the judges; but was more than content to see the Leeds shot stopper dismissed from the field of play.

Four minutes later, Preston took the lead. The hosts had got the better of Archie Gray all afternoon, and used the space to deliver a dangerous cross into the heart of the Leeds penalty area, where Browne was on hand to guide the ball past Karl Darlow. In all honesty, the former Newcastle man should have done better. It was reminiscent of his previous performance in the League Cup where he managed to avoid all nine of Salford City's spot kicks.

Leeds regrouped, and with seven minutes on the clock won themselves a penalty; but with Summerville and Piroe already substituted, had to rely on Pascal Struijk to grab his fifth of the season. Even with ten men, the visitors went in search of the three points, but were undone after Preston once again highlighted Leeds inadequacies at right back. Millar danced past Gray before unleashing a thunderous strike into the far corner of Darlow's goal.

The defeat left Farke's men trailing in fourth after Southampton's 5-0 rout of Swansea. They are three points behind the Saints, and eight behind Ipswich Town, after their last gasp equaliser against Leicester City.

Line Up
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Meslier, Illan
Goalkeeper
Gray, Archie
Midfielder
Rodon, Joe
Defender
Struijk, Pascal
Defender
Captain
Spence, Djed
Defender
Gnonto
Ampadu, Ethan
Midfielder
Bamford
Kamara, Glen
Midfielder
Gruev
James, Daniel
Midfielder
Piroe, Joel
Forward
Darlow
Summerville, Crysencio
Midfielder
Fernandez
Rutter, Georginio
Forward
Subs
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Gnonto, Wilfried
Forward
Spence
Bamford, Patrick
Forward
Ampadu
Gruev, Ilia
Midfielder
Kamara
Darlow, Karl
Goalkeeper
Piroe
Fernandez, Mateo Joseph
Forward
Summerville
Firpo, Junior
Defender
Cooper, Liam
Defender
Anthony, Jaidon
Midfielder
Byram, Sam
Defender
Leeds United 4-0 Ipswich Town (23rd Dec 2023)


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