Jack Harrison leaves Sky Sports pundit in disbelief with long-awaited Leeds United feat vs Brighton, Jeff Stelling impressed
Jack Harrison’s first Premier League goal since August for Leeds United against Brighton wowed Kris Boyd, who hailed it as “unbelievable”.
The Whites winger has been short of form for some time having opened the season in sensational form, and despite scoring a preposterous own-goal to put his side in danger of defeat he made amends in stunning fashion late on.
The 26-year-old received a short corner from Willy Gnonto in the 78th-minute, advanced into the box and curled an inch-perfect strike into the far corner, to provide the sort of quality that has been lacking for so long and leave Boyd and Jeff Stelling amazed in the Sky Sports studio.
Reacting live on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (11 March, 4.35) Boyd said: “It’s 2-2. I’m just watching it right now, Brighton are actually complaining there’s two balls on the pitch… No, no.
“Gnonto takes a quick corner to Harrison, he faces up, comes back onto his [right] foot and just bends it in the far-away corner.
“It’s an unbelievable finish, Jeff. He’s just made up for the own-goal he scored.”
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Stelling replied: “It’s his first Premier League goal since August, and what a goal it is.”
It is about time Harrison came up with a big moment like that after flattering to deceive with his presence in the Leeds United line up for some weeks.
There is still improvements to be made before he resembles the star of Jesse Marsch’s side during the strong start to the season that seems to long ago now, and had Newcastle chasing a big-money transfer.
But an industrious assist for Patrick Bamford and a superb strike were key in a game where a defeat would have been a major psychological blow.
Even the point against a Brighton side who are performing so strongly this season saw the Whites lose ground on relegation rivals Bournemouth and Everton who both recorded upset wins.
So it was imperative that Javi Gracia’s men came away with something, even if they will feel that there was a crucial win there for the taking.
Harrison came up big with some crucial goals down the stretch last season, not least on the final day when safety was finally secured, so if he has rediscovered his ability to do that it could make a huge difference to this campaign.
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