Ten-man Leeds United stunned Premier League runaway leaders Manchester City 2-1 with a stunning brace by Stuart Dallas on Saturday afternoon.
The Whites struck the first blow when the Northern Ireland international popped up with a goal just before half-time but there was still time for skipper Liam Cooper to receive a red card.
Leeds held on admirably in the second half but Ferran Torres equalised in the 76th minute and it seemed inevitable that the Citizens would pile the pressure on and hit a winner.
But Dallas had other ideas as he stormed away in the final minutes and knocked it past Ederson to seal a sensational victory.
After an unbelievable win snatched at the end MOT Leeds News have picked out three things we learned from the game…
- Cooper call highlights VAR inconsistency
Last weekend’s Yorkshire derby saw a horrific challenge by Sheffield United defender George Baldock on Tyler Roberts that went completely unpunished. Furthermore, it didn’t even appear to be reviewed by the VAR, even though Roberts was launched into the air just in front of the referee’s gaze.
Yet Liam Cooper’s challenge on Gabriel Jesus, which initially drew a yellow card from referee Andre Marriner, was upgraded to a red after the VAR recommended he take another look at the incident.
The Leeds United skipper did connect with the ball first but his studs were showing and it probably did amount to dangerous play under the current rules, but where were the replays and cards last week? It didn’t end up costing us versus Sheffield United but we’re not getting a fair whack of the decisions.
2. Dallas is dynamite
Is there anything Stuart Dallas can’t do?
He has been our Mr Versatile this season, filling in across numerous positions including both full-back roles, but he has been selected in his more favoured midfield role recently and he is showing exactly why with some impressive performances in the middle.
His deadly double at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon made it seven Premier League goals for the season to make it his highest league total since he made the move to England from his native Northern Ireland in 2012 [WhoScored].
That is mightily impressive considering it’s his maiden top-flight campaign and it means only Patrick Bamford (14) has netted more for the Whites in the league.
3. Defensive heroics set to silence dissenting voices
Critics in the media have taken turns to round on Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds defence this season despite the Whites sitting comfortably in mid-table as a newly-promoted club.
Bielsa can’t claim to have the stingiest defence in the league but there have been reasons for that with numerous injuries to the backline, with summer signings Diego Llorente and Robin Koch often missing from the side.
But after Cooper’s dismissal on Saturday the Whites bunkered down and were not breached until the 76th minute, and still went onto win the game with a man deficit.
This was a Manchester City side that had won 28 of the previous 29 games and scored multiple goals against Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City and Everton in recent weeks, but they couldn’t manage more than one against a robust Leeds.
We’re waiting for pundits to wax lyrical about a staunch defensive display now but we might waiting a while for them to hold their hands up.
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