2 - 1
[James, Piroe (p)]
Leeds United
Preston North End

Sunday 21st January 2024, 12:00pm | Championship
Elland Road | Attendance: 36,570

Manager: Daniel Farke | Referee: David Webb

Joel Piroe's stoppage time spot kick winner, lifted the roof off Elland Road, as Leeds came from behind and avenged the wrongs of Boxing Day. Not four weeks, Liam Millar's late strike had knocked the stuffing out of ten man Leeds. Their antics had led to Meslier's earlier dismissal, and the Lilywhites took full advantage.

Their shenanigans had a detrimental effect on proceedings this time around too; whether they were kicking lumps out of the Leeds players, or slowing the game down to levels only usually associated with Ketamine - it was painful to watch. Along with the JFK assassination and disappearance of Lord Lucan, conspiracy theorists will looks on Sundays events, asking themselves how Preston escaped with only six yellow cards?

Will Keane had put Preston ahead on two minutes after Millar's mishit effort fell nicely for the former Manchester Utd apprentice. When Dan James restored order three minutes later, heading home Junior Firpo's peach of a cross, many envisaged a goal fest, similar to the ten goal thriller these two sides had put on nearly fourteen years ago, but alas - it was not meant to be.

Just as we thought the game was heading for stalemate, Ryan Ledson handled in the area, leaving the referee little option but to point to the spot. Ironically, the biggest cheers from the crowd was not when Piroe converted, but when Bamford handed him the ball.

Line Up
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Meslier, Illan
Goalkeeper
Gray, Archie
Midfielder
Rodon, Joe
Defender
Ampadu, Ethan
Midfielder
Captain
Firpo, Junior
Defender
Byram
Gruev, Ilia
Midfielder
Kamara, Glen
Midfielder
Piroe
James, Daniel
Midfielder
Rutter, Georginio
Forward
Fernandez
Summerville, Crysencio
Midfielder
Cooper
Bamford, Patrick
Forward
Subs
Nat
Sub For
Goals
Byram, Sam
Defender
Firpo
Piroe, Joel
Forward
Kamara
Cooper, Liam
Defender
Summerville
Fernandez, Mateo Joseph
Forward
Rutter
Anthony, Jaidon
Midfielder
Klaesson, Kristoffer
Goalkeeper
Shackleton, Jamie
Midfielder
Poveda, Ian
Midfielder
Gelhardt, Joe
Forward
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