Date:Sunday March 28 2010
Leeds United came away from Carrow Road on Saturday empty handed despite a much improved performance against league leaders Norwich City.
The Whites made five changes from the side that were so dismal against Millwall on Monday.
Shane Higgs made his first start in goal since October and Jermaine Beckford and Neil Kilkenny also returned to the side.
New loan signings Neil Collins and Shane Lowry also went straight into the side as the club tried to bring to an end back to back defeats.
When the two clubs met at Elland Road earlier in the season the Norwich midfield outmuscled their Leeds counterparts but this time the Leeds midfield were closing and arraying the Norwich midfield and Doyle and Kilkenny were dominating in the centre of the park.
Leeds were passing the ball around really well and the overlapping Shane Lowry and Andy Hughes on each wing, were often finding plenty of room.
Beckford had Leeds first chance but his shot was blocked by the impressive Doherty and the ball went out for a corner.
Neil Kilkenny was next to shoot on goal but his effort from the edge of the area went over the bar.
Both sides were finding it hard to get a clear cut sight of goal, Grant Holt probably wasted the best chance close to half time when his shot from the edge of the area went well over when he was well placed and under no pressure.
The second half carried on where the first half had left off with the hard working Leeds midfield continuously frustrating Norwich.
When Hooloahan did find a bit of space he found Elliott on the edge of the area, his effort cleared the bar as the ball refused to drop nicely for him.
Doherty also missed a great chance when his header went wide following a Norwich corner.
Leeds were carving out no clear cut chances, Snodgrass saw a shot just go wide of the post as did Howson.
Grella worked himself a bit of space but his weak left foot shot was easy for Forster.
Such was Leeds dominance in midfield that Norwich boss Paul Lambert replaced the usually impressive Wes Hoolahan with 20 minutes remaining.
The tiring Neil Kilkenny was replaced inside the final five minutes by Bradley Johnson. Within minutes of coming on he failed to pick up Norwich substitute Stephen Hughes who was allowed to advance well into the Leeds half before delivering a cross that was met by fellow substitute Chris Martin, Martin managed to get in ahead of Neil Collins and glanced his header into the far corner.
It was a cruel blow for Leeds who had worked hard all afternoon and were once again going to come away with nothing.
Leeds brought on Tresor Kandol immediately hoping to grab an equaliser, but his afternoon was over within 20 seconds of coming on when he was shown a straight red for what was an alleged headbutt.
Kandol`s sending off was the third fastest in Football League history and also Leeds first red card of the season.
Leeds couldn`t create any chances in the final moments and you could see the disappointment on the players face at the final whistle.
The result was compounded at full time when the P.A announced that Millwall had won 5-0 to bring them level on points and now just one goal down on goal difference.
Simon Grayson is sure to take plenty of positives from the game and if the team can show the same level of commitment in the final eight games then Leeds will definitely still be very close to the second automatic promotion place come the final game of the season.
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Date:Sunday March 28 2010
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