By George Overhill

11th Mar, 2023 | 6:10pm

Jeff Stelling and Kris Boyd stunned by baffling Jack Harrison intervention for Leeds United against Brighton

Jack Harrison’s own-goal as Leeds United drew with Brighton at Elland Road left Kris Boyd and Jeff Stelling stunned on Sky Sports.

It was an eye-catching display from the Whites winger for the right and the wrong reasons, as he assisted Patrick Bamford’s opener and scored a wonderful late leveller, but only after he had netted a calamitous goal at the wrong end.

Just after the hour a combination of Max Wober and Illan Meslier had just about kept the ball out under pressure from Evan Ferguson, but as it spun across the line to Harrison he swung the wrong foot at it and only succeeded to skew it into his own net, leaving the Sky Sports pair laughing in bemusement.

Reacting live on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday (11 March, 4.18pm) Boyd said: “Jack Harrison is looking up to the sky, it looks as thought it probably comes off him…

“Oh I think it’s an own-goal, 2-1 Brighton. I don’t know what he’s doing on the line though, just clear it with your right foot. He tries to go with his left foot and oh wow. I tell you what, it’s a tidy finish from him.

Jeff Stelling said: “He’s rammed it home! A Jack Harrison own-goal and Brighton have restored their advantage. They’ve scored 24 goals now in 12 away Premier League games.

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“They score plenty themselves, they don’t need help from the opposition generally speaking. I don’t know quite what Jack Harrison was trying to do. All he’s succeeded in going is putting Brighton in front.”


In an attacking sense this was by far Harrison’s best showing for weeks, as he has looked off the pace for some time now.

He has kept his starting position despite that when it didn’t appear to be merited at times, and on balance he paid Javi Gracia back for that faith with a key hand in both goals.

But the own-goal was still a blot on his afternoon that could easily have been avoided, and ultimately proved to be the difference between a creditable point and a massive win.

Considering his right foot has the ability to do wonderful things like curling the late equaliser in at the other end it is hard to see why he wouldn’t have used it to clear the danger.

Leeds United remain in the relegation zone despite the point, so it will be a point of much frustration that a needless own-goal was scored.

It was another positive performance against Roberto De Zerbi’s high-flying Brighton side, and very pleasing that two attacking men found the net, but both sides will feel two points went begging.

In other Leeds United news, Stelling and Michael Dawson were shocked by what Javi Gracia did ahead of the game.

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