Max Gradel is set for a few more hair-raising moments before Leeds discover their destiny.The flamboyant winger from Ivory Coast has pledged to dye his hair in the club colours of blue, white and yellow if they make the Premier League.Gradel’s two goals made sure Leeds still have every chance of doing that.But his manager Simon Grayson is more likely to be tearing his hair out if they keep defending as they did yesterday.
But Grayson’s men found a way back. And for that, he owes a big thank you to Jonathan Howson.
When they needed him yesterday, Howson came up with a vital equaliser within a minute of Moussa’s goal, dispossessing Doncaster’s Brian Stock and charging forward to drive in a goal that raised the roof.
And, after goals from Luciano Becchio and Gradel had put Leeds into a comfortable 4-2 lead, Howson strode through to finish the job in the closing minutes.Grayson said: “The game should have been over by half-time and it might have been if we had been a little luckier and a little more clinical.“In the end, we got the result we deserved. We could have won three or four matches with the chances we had.”Gradel’s willingness to run at defenders caused Doncaster problems all afternoon.On 12 minutes, Sam Hird should have intercepted Howson’s pass but Gradel did the rest – surging forward before steering a lovely shot into the bottom corner.
Right on half-time, they were punished as Sharp got in between centre-backs Leigh Bromby and AndO’Brien to finish at the second attempt.Within four minutes of the restart, Moussa ran through for his first Doncaster goal after his loan move from Leicester.Howson equalised straight away and Leeds regained control.
Becchio slammed in Bromby’s knockdown for his 17th goal of the season to make it 3-2.And Gradel turned in a Robert Snodgrass cross after Billy Paynter had been denied on the near post.
Howson’s strike rounded off a deserved win and Doncaster boss Sean O’Driscoll said: “We shouldn’t be conceding 30 seconds after we score.”