Date:Sunday December 8 2013
Leeds United boss Brian McDermott had mixed emotions after watching his side draw 3-3 with Watford at Elland Road.
Leeds trailed 2-0 at half time only to come back and lead 3-2, with a stirring second half performance. Leeds missed chances to put the game to bed and they were made to pay late on when Watford equalised with just six minutes remaining.
Speaking after the game on LUTV, McDermott said, "You have to have mixed emotions after that game.
"I felt at half time we would get back into the game, we certainly did and we got to 3-2 and we could have scored four or five and then they go and score. They are then chasing the game and it almost went against us right at the end if not for a fantastic block from Marius (Zaliukas).
"It was such an open game and when it is like that, anything can happen.
"I wanted to put the game to bed. I told Nigel (Gibbs), we needed a fourth just to get the game done and dusted. We were unlucky not to get a fourth but they are a good side and they nearly got in the Premier League last season.
"I have told the players that they should be proud of themselves.
"You see what they are made of when you are 2-0 down and I think a few have come of age in this game."
Leeds had started the game well as they looked for a sixth straight home win. Matt Smith, Marius Zaliukas and Rodolph Austin all had good chances to open the scoring in the opening ten minutes of the game.
Watford`s pace was a constant problem for Leeds all afternoon and they were undone on the break for both goals. Troy Deeney swept home the first for Watford on twelve minutes and then on the stroke of half time, Watford broke from a Leeds corner and Cristian Battocchio picked his way through the Leeds defence to score.
Leeds came out for the second half all guns blazing. Smith almost had a goal back for Leeds in the opening minute but they didn`t have to wait for long for a goal with the rejuvenated Danny Pugh firing home from a tight angle to reduce the deficit.
Six minutes later, Leeds were level when Smith headed a great cross by Ross McCormack home at the far post.
Leeds were now fully in the ascendency, Rodolph Austin was denied when one-on-one with goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, Alex Mowatt came close to celebrating his new contract with the club with his first goal for Leeds when his effort hit the crossbar and McCormack saw an effort ruled out for offside.
McCormack didn`t have to wait long though for a goal. The striker put Leeds ahead with just twelve minutes remaining, latching onto a superb ball over the top from Luke Murphy to make it twelve goals in ten games. It was also the sixth game in a row that the striker had scored at Elland Road, as he continues his great run of form.
Having done all the hard work, Leeds would have been disappointed to concede with just six minutes remaining when Deeney was quickest to react after Paddy Kenny could only parry a long range effort from George Thorne.
Watford almost won a dramatic game deep into stoppage time but Leeds defender Marius Zaliukas did brilliantly to block a shot from Joel Ekstrand with the Watford defender through on goal, in what was a pulsating 90 minutes of football at Elland Road.
Despite two points lost, Leeds remain on the fringes of the play-off places in eighth, just one point behind Nottingham Forest in fifth.
Leeds now have a week to prepare for the trip to Doncaster Rovers next Saturday.
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Date:Sunday December 8 2013
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