UK time is: 13:19:22
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

West Ham United 2 - Leeds United 2

Upton Park

21/08/11 1.15pm

Attendance: 28,252

Clayton snatches point for Leeds

Leeds United twice came from behind to claim a point in a pulsating game at Upton Park.

Boss Simon Grayson brought both Jonny Howson and Max Gradel back into the side after missing in midweek through suspension.

Ramon Nunez and Michael Brown dropped out of the side. Nunez was amongst the substitutes whilst Brown was missing through injury.

West Ham started on the front foot and Leeds keeper Andy Lonergan was busy in the opening five minutes.

Firstly, he saved a Jack Collison header before making two more saves from Carlton Cole and James Tomkins, both being tipped over the bar.

He could do nothing in the sixth minute when Cole got ahead of his marker to volley West Ham into the lead.

The goal seemed to galvanise Leeds and they came back at West Ham strongly.

Gradel had an effort from a tight angle tipped over by Robert Green and Andy Keogh saw an effort go just wide.

Robert Snodgrass went even closer when his left foot volley crashed against the top of the crossbar.

Leeds missed a glorious chance to draw level when Matt Taylor was penalised for handball in the West Ham penalty area.

Gradel stepped up from the penalty spot but sent his effort wide of the post.

Moments later Gradel tried to atone for his miss when he had Green at full stretched with a long-range effort.

Leeds would have felt unlucky to go in at the break one down after dominating after conceding the early goal.

Leeds started the second half the same way as they ended the first and they had strong claims for a second penalty waved away after Aidy White was fouled in the area by Scott Parker.

Andy Keogh then found himself with just Green to beat but he hit his shot straight at Green. From the rebound, McCormack fired his shot over the bar.

Keogh was in the thick of the action and his good work down the Leeds right eventually found McCormack but his flicked effort was easy for Green.

Leeds eventually got their deserved equaliser and once again, Keogh was involved. His good interchange with Snodgrass teed up McCormack who crashed the ball into the back of the net.

West Ham came straight back at Leeds and Kevin Nolan saw his chip just clear the Leeds crossbar.

All Leeds hard work was undone within three minutes of the equaliser when Patrick Kisnorbo crashed his shot into the back of his own net.

The goal seemed to deflate Leeds for a while and Lonergan was again in fine form with saves from Tomkins and a point blank save from Winston Reid to keep Leeds into the game.

Scott Parker fired wide and Tomkins saw another header go wide of the post as West Ham searched for a third.

In the final ten minutes, Leeds started to gain some momentum again Adam Clayton saw his long-range effort go over the bar.

Leeds got the equaliser their overall performance deserved in the final minute of normal time, when Clayton fired home after Jonny Howson had seen his shot comeback of crossbar and post.

There was a possible flash point in injury time when Tomkins and Darren O`Dea squared up to each other with referee Michael Oliver producing a yellow card for both players.

A well-deserved point for Leeds and the signs that they will once again be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

Teams
West Ham
Green, Reid, Tomkins, Ilunga, O`Brien, Taylor, Noble (Piquionne 82), Nolan, Parker, Cole (Carew 66), Collison (Faubert 58),

Subs not used
Boffin, Barrera

Leeds
Lonergan, Lees, O`Dea, Kisnorbo, White, Howson, Clayton, Snodgrass, McCormack (Nunez 77), Keogh, Gradel (Sam 88)

Subs not used
Rachubka, Connolly, O`Brien





Join Vital Leeds

Join The Vital Debate

Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club

The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with over 200 members since it`s formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.

The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.

Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!


With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

The site is regularly updated with news and views regarding all the current events at Elland Road, alongside a fully interactive message forum.


With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .



Bookmark and Share


Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!


Vital Leeds on: facebook

Vital Leeds on: twitter





Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 22 2011

Time: 8:54AM

Your Comments

Clayton is already a leading contender for Player of the season. Grayson gets a lot of stick for sending players out on loan but lads like Somma, Nunez, Lees and Clayton have all come back good players. I watched Clayton for MK Dons in the play offs and he looked nothing special but it obviously did him the world of good. He is the best player I have seen in his position since Lee Bowyer. I love the swagger he's got at the moment.
dazza71
you rode your luck at times but got what you probably deserved
merlin
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. dazza71 480
2. bago 172
3. deslondon 135
4. King Billy 120
5. erni 118
6. leeds1975 109
7. Davey 3006 91
8. Tiny T 68
9. SimonTVW 58
10. iwa 41

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Middlesbrough 43 14 16 13 9 58
14. Bolton 43 13 16 14 -2 55
15. Sheff Wed 43 13 14 16 2 53
16. Leeds Utd 43 15 8 20 -8 53
17. Huddersfield 43 12 11 20 -9 47
18. Birmingham 42 11 10 21 -11 43
19. Doncaster 43 11 10 22 -28 43

Breaking League News

Thorne Happy With Strike
Derby County : 21/04/2014 12:00:00
Vaughan Agrees Personal Terms.
Forest : 21/04/2014 11:29:00
Pugh: It's a must-win game
Bournemouth : 21/04/2014 11:14:00
Can Birmingham Finally Win at Home?
Birmingham : 21/04/2014 11:07:00
Leeds v Forest Match Preview
Forest : 21/04/2014 10:59:00
Preview QPR v Watford
Watford : 21/04/2014 10:34:00
Burnley v Latics - Big Game Preview
Wigan : 21/04/2014 10:11:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How will Leeds do against Nottingham Forest?
Suggested By:  
Win 48%
Lose 26%
Draw 26%