Sunday, 22 January 2012

Match Report Leeds 3 Ipswich 1

Robert Snodgrass, Ross McCormack and Luciano Becchio all made the most of some hapless defending to rescue Leeds as 10-man Ipswich pressed the self-destruct button at Elland Road.The visitors were well in control after midfielder Andy Drury had given them a 34th-minute lead, but once goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who has just completed a loan spell at Leeds before joining Ipswich last week, was sent off for deliberate handball in the 71st minute, Paul Jewell's side fell apart.
Defender Ibrahima Sonko handed Snodgrass a 74th-minute equaliser by playing the ball to the Leeds winger in the six-yard box, McCormack capitalised on replacement keeper Arran Lee-Barrett's indecision eight minutes later and Becchio pounced on Tommy Smith's error in the 91st minute to lift Simon Grayson's side back to within a point of the play-offs.Simon Grayson said: "We were poor in the first half - there is no getting away from that."We went behind to a soft goal but the sending-off changed the game. You could sense the anxiety of our players until our first goal went in. They were a different animal after that and showed their character."Players are not robots. They make mistakes at times, as we saw. We managers are all under pressure at times because it is a ruthless industry but you keep faith in your ability."

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