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Marvelous Leeds

Leeds drew 2-2 against the so – so Tottenham hotspur, in the showdown of David vs Goliath.

To sum it up:

True drama was served up at White Hart Lane where Leeds United followed their Third Round giantkilling of Manchester United with an injury-time rescue job against Tottenham Hotspur. Jermaine Beckford first won, and then took, a 96th minute penalty that dashed Spurs’ hopes of progress. Michael Dawson’s challenge on the striker, the man who scored the goal to knock out United earlier this month, was seen by referee Alan Wiley as a foul, though not by the player himself.

Beckford had seemed to make the most of the incident and further profited by slotting the spot-kick himself, to follow the earlier equaliser he had struck at the beginning of the second half. Spurs had dominated the first half and Peter Crouch‘s strike gave them a deserved lead, Casper Ankergren also having saved a Jermain Defoe penalty early on in proceedings. Source

Again Jermaine Beckford is the hero of the day.

‘He must have nerves of steel,’ said manager Grayson. ‘It took an eternity for the referee to give the decision and there was a pause before it got sorted.

‘He showed good mental strength to finish it because he has missed a few over the past 12 months or so.

‘It shows he has confidence in his ability and over the course of the game it was something we deserved.’ Source

Danish Casper Ankergren also deserve a praise on many of his heroic act especially in the first half, including the penalty saved against Defoe,

Leeds, on course for promotion to the Championship thanks to their revival under manager Simon Grayson, do not do dull this season.

Having seen off Manchester United in sensational style in the previous round, they will have another chance to do the same to Tottenham when the sides meet again on 2 February.

Every one of their players played their part – not least keeper Casper Ankergren, whose penalty save was just one of a string of fantastic stops in the opening 20 minutes that kept Leeds in it.

Twice early on the Danish keeper’s palms were warmed as Jermain Defoe and then Niko Kranjcar fired in good efforts from range, and Ankergren then produced his best save of the night when he flung himself low to his right to keep out Defoe’s spot-kick after the striker had been felled by Michael Doyle. Source

While Patrick Kisnorbo, the Aussie, proved again to be a great shot stopper, and difficult foe to deal with, by silencing Peter Crouch and Defoe most of the game (especially second half).

82:47 Shot by Jermaine Jenas from 20 yards. Blocked by Patrick Kisnorbo. Corner taken by Luka Modric played to the near post, Neil Kilkenny makes a clearance.

19:21 Jason Crowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Strike on goal comes in from Niko Kranjcar from the free kick, save made by Casper Ankergren. Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Patrick Kisnorbo gets a block in.

10:45 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick Kisnorbo. Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, Peter Crouch produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

Source

Note: good display by Leeds, i am thoroughly thrill watching the game, the goals we (Leeds) score are not pretty, but it is vital and who knows, when the replay set at Elland road, we might be able to win it. It reminds me of the old game under David O’leary era, maybe under Simon Grayson, that Leeds finally resurrected – good defense, energetic and full of enthusiasm. There is no loser in Leeds, still the league / promotion would have been a priority, but.. how great it can be if we can maybe advance for another round.

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