Leeds 3-1 Leicester: Archie Gray scores first senior goal as Daniel Farke’s side come


  • Archie Gray scored the winner as Leeds came from behind to beat Leicester 
  • It put the Yorkshire outfit to within six points of the Championship leaders 
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The Leeds players took their turns at revving up the euphoric Elland Road crowd as I Predict a Riot by the Kaiser Chiefs boomed out.

Then boss Daniel Farke emerged and fist-pumped all four stands in turn. Nobody seemed in any particular rush to go home, more than happy to soak it all in.

It was a lap of honour and Leeds could yet be champions to go with it. Leicester, the leaders, quickly slunk away, their pride damaged.

Farke has been insisting that winning the Championship title isn’t all that important, so long as Leeds still go up.

Clearly his players aren’t listening, judging by the spirit shown in this sensational late turnaround.

Archie Gray scored his first senior goal as Leeds came from behind to beat Leicester on Friday

Archie Gray scored his first senior goal as Leeds came from behind to beat Leicester on Friday

Substitute Daniel James scored in the closing stages as he added to Leeds' advantage

Substitute Daniel James scored in the closing stages as he added to Leeds’ advantage

Daniel Farke's side are now only six points adrift of Enzo Maresca's Championship leaders

Daniel Farke’s side are now only six points adrift of Enzo Maresca’s Championship leaders

The jubilant Leeds players celebrate after Gray's goal put them in front against Leicester

The jubilant Leeds players celebrate after Gray’s goal put them in front against Leicester

17-year-old Gray showed impressive composure to score as Leeds managed to prevail

17-year-old Gray showed impressive composure to score as Leeds managed to prevail

One moment, Leicester were 12 points clear and the title race seemed run. The next, Leeds were just six behind and breathing right down their neck.

MATCH FACTS 

Leeds United (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Gray, Rodon, Ampadu (c), Firpo (Roberts 73); Gruev, Kamara; Gnonto (James 64), Rutter, Summerville (Anthony 90); Piroe (Bamford 64)

Substitutes not used: Klaesson (GK); Roberts, Cresswell, Cooper, Shackleton, Joseph

Manager: Daniel Farke

Scorers: Roberts 80; Gray 83; James 90+4

Booked: Rodon, Ampadu, Kamara, Roberts, Meslier

Leicester City (4-2-3-1): Hermansen; Pereira (c), Faes, Vestergaard, Justin; Winks, Dewsbury-Hall; Fatawu, Choudhury, Mavididi (McAteer 78); Daka (Cannon 78)

Substitutes not used: Stolarczyk (GK); Coady, Nelson, Doyle, Albrighton, Yunus, Praet

Manager: Enzo Maresca

Scorer: Faes 15

Booked: Pereira, Vestergaard

Referee: Craig Pawson

Attendance: 36,954

Trailing to Wout Faes’ early header, Leeds should have been dead and buried as Leicester spurned chance after chance in the second-half. Patson Daka incorrectly saw a goal disallowed for offside.

But Leeds wore the punches and stayed in it. With 10 minutes left, Connor Roberts drilled home his first Leeds goal after Georginio Rutter weaved into Leicester’s box and the ball took a ricochet off a defender.

The noise had barely abated when homegrown hero Archie Gray netted his first senior goal three minutes later. The youngster’s shot took deflections off Faes and Hamza Choudhury to wrongfoot goalkeeper Mads Hermansen.

In stoppage time, Dan James drove a free-kick against Patrick Bamford on the edge of the wall and Hermansen was again helpless.

This was a ninth consecutive league win for Farke’s team – equally a club record from 1931 – and it preserved their unbeaten season at home.

‘We will let the table take care of itself and we just want to deliver performances,’ said Farke.

‘It’s a long race and there’s lots of games still to go. It’s where you are after 46 games and I’m not thinking about what happens in 10 weeks, just concentrating on the next game.’

Leicester were floored. Of course the title remains in their own hands – and they will surely still go up – but a gap that stood at 17 points on New Year’s Day is now uncomfortably tight.

‘I never thought we would finish this league with 10 or 15 more points,’ coach Enzo Maresca said. ‘I always said that was ‘PlayStation’. I said the difference would be very tiny.

‘I feel bad when we don’t win but with the way we played I feel very happy tonight. It was clear for me, clear for many people, that tonight we dominated the game.’

Connor Roberts scored the equaliser for Leeds United before they added two more goals

Connor Roberts scored the equaliser for Leeds United before they added two more goals

Wout Faes' goal in the 15th minute had put Leicester in the ascendancy on Friday evening

Wout Faes’ goal in the 15th minute had put Leicester in the ascendancy on Friday evening

Faes looked to have set Leicester on their way to victory but Leeds managed to fight back

Faes looked to have set Leicester on their way to victory but Leeds managed to fight back

Foxes striker Patson Daka found the net for Leicester but his effort was ruled out for offside

Foxes striker Patson Daka found the net for Leicester but his effort was ruled out for offside

Ilia Gruev of Leeds attempts to win the ball from nifty Leicester attacker Stephy Mavididi

Ilia Gruev of Leeds attempts to win the ball from nifty Leicester attacker Stephy Mavididi

Maresca’s side went ahead when Faes appeared at the back post to head in after Patson Daka flicked on a Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall corner.

After the break, Daka saw a legitimate goal disallowed for offside despite the ball coming to him off Rutter’s chest.

But Leicester were also guilty of wasting golden chances – Jannik Vestergaard headed against the bar and both Mavididi and Daka failed in one-on-ones with Ilian Meslier.

How those misses would prove costly.



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