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LUFC - Pressure mounts on McAllister

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Colchester United

Elland Road

13/12/08 3pm

Attendance: N. Miller

Referee:


Leeds went into their home game with Colchester hoping to get their faltering promotion push back on track.

Fabian Delph was welcomed back to the side after missing out on last weekend`s defeat against Tranmere; Frazer Richardson was missing through injury.

On a very heavy pitch due to persistent rain the game took a long time to settle down.

It wasn`t until about fifteen minutes into the game before Leeds created any chance of note, first Becchio and then Prutton had chances to open the scoring.

In a very poor first half the game finally saw its first goal when Snodgrass hit Leeds into the lead just after the half hour.

Snodgrass looked Leeds most lively attacking option and he had a couple of other good chances to increase Leeds lead before the break.

Disaster struck deep into time added on when Dean Hammond heading in a corner for the visitors.
Leeds were unhappy with the goal because Marques had been ordered off the pitch to replace his shirt before the corner was taken, David Prutton was booked for his protests and Gary McAllister also showed his disgust with the referee. Mr Miller is well known to Leeds fans and has previously sent Dennis Wise to the stands during Leeds relegation season at Southend.

Leeds were to be dealt a double blow just after the hour mark when David Prutton received a second yellow card and his marching orders for a foul on the edge of the box. From the resulting free kick Mark Yeates blasted past David Lucas to give the visitors the lead.

Alan Sheehan nearly equalised soon afterwards but his free kick was tipped over.

Sheehan had another chance late on but his free kick was cleared off the line.

On a depressing day weather wise the result did nothing to lift Leeds fans spirit`s, a fourth defeat in a row sees Leeds slip to eight place four points outside the play offs.

I am not sure how Gary McAllister can now lift the squad after this latest setback and with the next two games against MK Dons and Leicester City the pressure is certainly on the manager.

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