Brighton moaning and really unhappy in draw at Leeds United - Sky Sports pundit
Kris Boyd was full of praise for Jack Harrison’s Leeds United redemption as he fired a “fantastic” equaliser despite Brighton “moaning” about it.
As the game ticked towards the final 10 minutes at Elland Road with the Whites trailing thanks to the winger scoring a baffling own-goal at the other end, he made good on his error by curling a wonderful strike into the far corner to secure a point.
There were complaints from the visitors as a second ball had come onto the pitch for a couple of seconds after Willy Gnonto’s corner before he flicked it back off, but Boyd waved away any issues as it wasn’t interfering, and instead praised the “unstoppable” strike.
Speaking on Sky Sports for Soccer Saturday after the game (11 March, 5.48pm) Boyd said of Harrison’s zero to hero move after the own-goal: “Boy did he make up for it just after that. Gnonto takes a quick corner to him, Brighton switched off and I think they’ll be really unhappy with that…
“He moves it onto his right foot and fires an unstoppable ball past Jason Steele into the side netting in the far away corner. Fantastic finish.
“Brighton were moaning that there was two balls on the pitch but Gnonto had just taken the corner kick when the ball came on, so it wasn’t interfering with play. The goal stood, rightly so.”
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In fairness, Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi admitted after the game that the second ball was not a problem [Yorkshire Evening Post, 11 March], and ultimately nothing can be taken away from Harrison’s goal.
Perhaps his own baffling error at the other end is the main thing that detracts from it from a personal point of view, in a game which saw him hit the highs and the lows.
The wide man has long been short of the sort of stand-out form that he started the season with, but amid injuries elsewhere in the squad has been kept in the starting line-up.
Gnonto can feel unlucky to have been dropped to the bench over the past two games, but after a goal at both ends and an assist it it is perhaps hard to see Javi Gracia not continuing to stick with the Englishman over the Italian international.
Given how difficult Leeds United have found it to score lately the fact that Harrison contributed to two goals, both from attackers, can’t go unnoticed.
But with Rodrigo also coming back to fitness he will need to keep making key contributions because his overall displays have often left a fair amount to be desired.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has predicted an imminent departure from Elland Road after what happened this week.
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