CREWE ALEXANDRA.......2 LEEDS UNITED......2
A Danny Pugh rocket with a minute left rescued a point for Leeds after four second half goals
at Gresty Road.
Leeds had plenty of chances to score, and the home side only had a handful, from which they
scored two, but Deane and Joachim worked hard up front and the days of the Leeds strike force bagging the goals cannot be
The sun had come out by kick off after a morning of heavy rain, and Leeds started brightly,
looking to dominate from the off, but it was Crewe's number nine Jones who got the first shot in, although he was flagged
offside in the process.
Seven minutes in, and Crewe had a better chance when Vaughan had a shot from 25 yards out,
but the low effort skidded across the wet surface and Sullivan watched it go past his post.
Both sides showed a willingness to get the ball down and pass, not surprisingly for a Dario
Gradi side but for Leeds the final "killer" ball was lacking when they did threaten Ben Williams' goal. Gregan showed few
signs of rustiness despite his lack of recent first team action.
However on 17 minutes Ashton squandered a great chance, when he found himself free on the edge
of the area, but his left-footed shot sailed way over Sullivan's crossbar. Two minutes later, Jones again had a chance, when
his shot on the turn from a throw-in had more threat but again was over the bar.
Shortly after, Joachim had Leeds first shot from 20 yards, but it flew a long way over. Within
a minute, Leeds had a free kick on the right near the corner, but Deane's looping header was easily collected by Williams.
The game had started to come alive, and on 23 minutes Jones had a header from a free kick that
Sullivan had to tip over one-handed.
Straight to the other end, and Danny Pugh struck a rasping left-footed shot that had the Leeds
fans cheering for a moment, however Williams had deflected it into his side netting.
And it was Pugh again within a minute who's header from six yards out had Williams stretching
but the ball curled away and only inches past the right hand post.
The game was now really opening up, and on 30 minutes Wright hit the inside of the post from
eight yards, but Richardson's shot from the rebound was cleared off the line. Leeds' passing game was now beginning to stretch
the home side.
Great work from Deane won a corner in the fortieth minute, where the Crewe keeper flapped in
panic, however Richardson's shot was blazed over when he should have done much, much better.
Just on half time Dean Ashton found himself in acres of space 25 yards out, but his shot flew
over the bar and only threatened those sat in the hospitality boxes behind Neil Sullivan.
Disaster struck for Leeds just after the restart, when Carlisle inexplicably raised his hand
to the ball in the area to give away a needless penalty, which Dean Ashton confidently struck to Sullivan's left.
But just five minutes later Leeds equalised through Danny Pugh. A Joachim header from a Crainey
cross struck the bar, and Pugh bravely followed up to stick his head in where the boots were flying to bundle the ball home
from two yards out.
Jermaine Wright forced a save two minutes later when his fierce shot made Williams dive low
to the right. Wright seems to have benefited from the arrival of Gregan in midfield, allowing him to play in a free role in
the centre of the park.
Deane, having an influential game against the team he scored against for Leeds in their only
previous meeting, rose to head just wide, and then shortly after set up Pugh, who's left-foot shot curled just wide of the
Both sides were pressing for the winner now, and Jones found himself free on the penalty spot
but his tame shot went straight at Sullivan.
Carlisle had the chance to make amends on 69 minutes with a header from a free kick, but he
could not keep it down and went over Williams' bar.
Gregan marked his debut with a silly booking on 75, after he felt the referee had missed a
The home fans were furious with 10 minutes to go when an offside flag denied Jones, who had
placed the ball past Sullivan from eight yards out. Both sides were still very much in the hunt for the three points at this
And sadly for Leeds, Crewe got the upper hand with seven minutes to go, when a Lunt lay-off
found Jones who fired past Sullivan from 10 yards out. The home side had maybe sensed that the visitors were tiring and went
for Leeds' jugular.
But on 89 minutes, Leeds rescued the day when Pugh pounced once more. After a couple of minutes
of concerted pressure, the ball ricoched back to the former Man Utd man who rifled an unstoppable left foot shot past the
In injury time, Crainey nearly won it with a fierce drive that scorched just over Williams'
bar. A minute later and McMaster's cross was just a foot too far in front of fellow substitute Ricketts to reach in the area.
Leeds had scarcely deserved to lose after a series of good chances came their way, and their
new found team spirit saw them come away with a valuable point. 2-1 down with seven minutes left away from home was a big
ask, but Danny Pugh's fine effort saw Leeds leave Gresty Road with an unbeaten week behind them, with the
promise of three home games to come.