By George Overhill

19th Mar, 2022 | 9:10am

Gary Neville: I would run have across the pitch to celebrate like the Leeds United substitutes

Gary Neville identified with the Leeds United substitutes who ran across the pitch to celebrate with the away fans in the crazy victory over Wolves.

Luke Ayling’s injury time winner saw the visitors come back from a 2-0 half time deficit, and sparked wild celebrations that saw the Whites bench empty as substitutes ran to join in on the other side of the pitch.

Jamie Carragher on the co-commentary for the Sky Sports match broadcast said at the time: “There’s people on the pitch! The subs are involved, look at them! The players with fans. Leeds are marching on together! Look at them!”

Speaking after the final whistle on Sky Sports, his colleague Neville was reminded of his own career and said: “It was absolute carnage. One of the producers said: ‘Ah, the substitutes shouldn’t be running on the pitch’.

“I went: ‘That’s the type of thing I’d have done!’

“Honestly, it’s absolutely what you want in football. I know they were booked, some of the Leeds substitutes, but you can’t blame them.

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“They’ve been absolutely down and out in these last few weeks, they’ve lost the manager that they love, they’ve got a new manager.

“I thought at half time they were in massive, massive trouble because when I watch them they’re an absolute mess.

“That 45-minutes, the impact that it will have on those players.”

Natural reaction

It wasn’t clear if any of the United bench was punished for the celebrations, but most of the squad could technically have been for the aftermath of both the equaliser and the winner.

But in the circumstances it was entirely understandable for the joy to spill over like that.

Less than a month ago it looked like the best moment of the season would be the quick-fire double in a losing effort against Manchester United.

The team were heading straight for relegation with thrashing after thrashing, and ultimately lost totemic manager Marcelo Bielsa as a result.

Suddenly, two last-gasp winners in six days under Jesse Marsch has fans jubilant and a seven-point cushion to the bottom three.

The chances of rescuing themselves from the drop looked remote even last week after defeat to Aston Villa.

But the players have found incredible life in the past two games to change the complexion of their situation entirely.

In other Leeds United news, Raphinha posted video of his own celebrations to Instagram last night.