Leeds United 1-1 Brighton Hove Albion

Monday, May 16, 2022
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Leeds United 1 1 Brighton Hove Albion

A stoppage-time header by Steven Struijk lifts Leeds United out of the bottom three. In response‚ Leeds are over-reacting to the defeat of Watford and Leicester. We look at the quality and craft of Brighton's game‚ and how Leeds over-reacted. But let's not forget to acknowledge Leeds' over-reaction. Here are three things we learned from the match:

Struijk's stoppage-time header lifts Leeds United out of the bottom three

After two goals in the first half‚ the visitors were clinging to hope for a point. They sat back in the second half and only managed to score on one occasion‚ with a free kick from Raphinha going narrowly wide. But Leeds pressed and found space at the back post and Struijk slammed home a cross from Joe Gelhardt. In their last home match‚ Leeds United drew 1-1 with Brighton. Danny Welbeck's first-half strike had put Brighton ahead at Elland Road‚ but Pascal Struijk's stoppage-time header proved to be the difference in the match. Leeds now sit three points above Brighton‚ who had lost to Tottenham earlier on Sunday. The win lifts Leeds out of the bottom three. The victory over Burnley has left the visitors in fourth place‚ while Leeds United have moved up to 17th from 18th. Despite losing to Brighton‚ they still have an outside chance of qualifying for the Premier League next season‚ provided they can win their remaining two games. A win against Brentford would be crucial to secure their Premier League status for next season. And a win at the upcoming Brentford match would see Leeds move out of the bottom three and into the playoffs. The game has been a thriller. Leeds have been a tad nervy‚ and Manchester City have struggled to exert any real control. Jesus misses a header from a corner‚ and Gundogan has to head away another Leeds cross. After that‚ Jesus fires a low shot straight at Meslier but fails to score.

Watford's defeat to Leicester

The defeat to Leicester City at Vicarage Road was Watford's 15th home reverse of the season‚ which equals their overall top-flight record. The defeat will have left the Hornets' manager Eddie Edwards with a huge task to complete. The defeat is especially harsh considering that Watford's manager has yet to win at Vicarage Road since his arrival. Fortunately‚ the Hornets' players will take some extra motivation from their future manager Rob Edwards‚ who will be watching the game. The visitors' early woes were quickly forgotten after a late equaliser by Leicester. Their defenders were unable to maintain a solid backline and they were not cohesive up top. Watford were unable to get a second goal‚ so Rodgers opted to substitute Kasey McAteer for Ayoze. It was a vital goal that proved the difference between the teams. Leicester had a number of early chances to break the deadlock‚ but Watford didn't let them take any. They defended any dangerous Leicester attacks. The visitors had poor final balls and failed to convert corners into chances. Watford were lucky to have their only chance in the final quarter‚ as Leicester failed to clear any corners or crosses. So‚ despite the defeat‚ Watford will be confident that they can stay in the top ten. Watford's semi-final defeat to Leicester was a game to remember. The Hornets went from the depths of despair to the heights of triumph in 19 turbulent seconds. However‚ they did not finish high enough to secure automatic promotion and suffered a 1-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium. David Nugent's goal was the only one to separate the two teams. Watford's fans will always remember their last-minute fight‚ despite the defeat.

Brighton's craft and quality

Despite conceding a late equaliser‚ Leeds United displayed a fine mix of quality and craft to earn a point at Brighton Hove Albion. With the game in its final stretch‚ Leeds United's performance will give them hope of staying in the Premier League. Leeds were unlucky not to have taken the lead inside three minutes‚ when a shot from Gelhardt hit Liam Cooper in the face. The home side‚ meanwhile‚ have won four of their last five home matches. They've drew two and won one. Leeds are winless in their last four games and have collected only one point from a possible 12. They'll also be without key players Stuart Dallas and Pablo Hernandez after their red card against Chelsea. The visitors can expect a tense match against a high-flying Brighton side‚ but the odds are stacked in their favour. Bissouma completed ninety-five percent of his passes‚ while Pascal Struijk was one of the most impressive players for Leeds. The Frenchman had a superb game and has accumulated more clearances than anyone else. His injury-time equaliser against Brighton came at a crucial time for the visitors. After the break‚ Brighton's performance dwindled but Leeds showed a sharp edge when they were playing for something. A win for Leeds would lift the club out of the Premier League relegation zone and keep them on track for safety in the Championship. Both sides will be desperate to avoid a defeat after Chelsea's 3-0 defeat on Wednesday. Leeds and Brighton are now just one point apart‚ with Burnley beaten by Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the day. If Leeds could get a point at the end of this‚ it would keep their Premier League status.

Leeds' over-reaction

After their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea‚ Leeds United will be hoping to avoid relegation today with a win over Brighton & Hove Albion. The defeat to the Blues was Leeds' third straight defeat and second this season‚ and they also lost a player in the process. Dan James was sent off in that game. Leeds now sit level with Burnley and Everton in the relegation zone‚ with both sides having played fewer games. Brighton‚ meanwhile‚ are in good form and have little to play for in the league‚ and have recently beaten Burnley 2-0‚ making this match a crucial one for the club. The first half was a tight affair‚ and both sides were battling for a point‚ but Leeds fans were wildly enthusiastic - many chanted for a penalty after a handball by Veltman. As a result‚ Leeds won a corner and Raphinha delivered a poor cross. The visitors were on the brink of relegation when Danny Welbeck opened the scoring in the first half‚ but Leeds' supporters went on to score a late equaliser through Pascal Struijk. The visitors were not without their chances‚ and their goalkeeper Robert Sanchez denied Mateusz Klich twice and turned away a Raphinha free-kick in the second half. Leeds were a poor team to watch‚ with several players overreacting. Leeds lacked confidence and looked to be in trouble from the start‚ but Brighton matched their intensity and showed some of the better quality of football in the Premier League. Despite Leeds' poor start‚ they were a poor match for Brighton and a good chance for them to take all three points. They were a better side than Leeds and should have taken more points‚ but their over-reaction has left them in a precarious position.

Struijk's goal

Pascal Struijk's late equaliser for Leeds United lifted the team out of the relegation zone. Leeds' fans chanted sack the board and sell the club following Danny Welbeck's opener. But a late goal by Struijk - a header from a Joe Gelhardt cross - kept the Whites in the game. Leeds now face a crucial match against Brentford on Tuesday‚ and a win over the Bees is essential to remain in the Premier League. Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips often take the glory for Leeds' goals‚ but this was not a case this time. The England U-20 striker almost hit the back of the net before half-time‚ but Sanchez was equal to the challenge. Raphinha almost nudged home the winner from the back post‚ but his attempt rolled wide. Leeds were destined for a fourth consecutive home defeat before Struijk's late winner. The Leeds Wanderers have now scored seven stoppage-time goals this season‚ with six of those goals winning points. As the game drew to a close‚ nervy finish‚ Leeds deserved to draw at Brighton. But Leeds dominated possession and looked to score‚ with Welbeck hitting a header over Liam Cooper's crossbar with the game on the line. Brighton's performance was better in the second half‚ with the Seagulls battling hard to maintain their lead. After the break‚ Brighton took the lead‚ with Danny Welbeck outmuscling Diego Llorente to cross a ball into the box. Despite the danger‚ Welbeck's cross looked harmless and looked like a simple header. After a couple of Leeds chances‚ Danny Welbeck dinked the ball over the onrushing Meslier's goal. Brighton deserved to go ahead‚ but Leeds built momentum on the back of a flurry of goals.