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Leeds United 1-1 Sunderland

Pablo Hernandez applauds the Leeds United supporters
Pablo Hernandez scored his ninth goal of the season in Leeds' draw with Sunderland

Sunderland squandered a second-half lead at Leeds and slipped closer to a second consecutive relegation.

Pablo Hernandez curled in a superb leveller to deny Sunderland a second away win in a row and leave the Black Cats seven points from safety.

Sunderland had gone 1-0 up with Paddy McNair's angled half-volley.

Both sides also hit the woodwork twice in an eventful game, while Leeds' Gaetano Berardi was sent off late on for a foul on Callum McManaman.

The full-back's dismissal stunted Leeds' momentum as they pushed strongly for a winning goal, and they could have been beaten but for Bailey Peacock-Farrell's save to deny McManaman a stoppage-time winner.

Both sides went close in a goalless first half, with Sunderland goalkeeper Lee Camp pushing Ronaldo Vieira's shot onto the post and Ashley Fletcher heading against the crossbar for the visitors.

George Honeyman almost extended Sunderland's lead after McNair's opener, but the young midfielder hit the upright and Aiden McGeady's follow-up was cleared.

And, after a ninth goal of the season for Spanish midfielder Hernandez, Leeds struck the post again with a free-kick from Samu Saiz.

Sunderland will be relegated if they lose three of their five remaining matches, with their final two league games of the campaign coming against third-placed Fulham and leaders Wolves.

Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We started well, which was pleasing, and we were on top. We got in some great opportunities in the first half. We looked threatening, but without really saying, 'We should have scored there.'

"It was always in the back of my mind that whatever point we made a change, we were going to have to really open the game up. With the bench that we had and the players we had available - whatever change we made, we were going to be made defensively weaker, so it was important we made ourselves better attacking-wise.

"As soon as Sunderland got the first goal, we needed to be better attacking. So we made the change, took the risk and the game really could have opened up. Then it could have gone either way."

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman said:

"A point is not enough. A point was never going to be enough for us today. We needed the three with the position we are in. The performance was more than enough, it was good.

"Normally you come to Elland Road and are happy to get a point because it is such a tough place to come. We need to win five games of football, simple as that, and we have won only six all season so we are right up against it.

"It's a big ask, a tall order, but it's not impossible. I wouldn't put money on us, but we have got to keep performing like that. Whether we run out of games, we haven't yet. We cannot throw in the towel yet."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Peacock-Farrell
  • 15Dallas
  • 18JanssonBooked at 90mins
  • 37O'ConnorBooked at 75mins
  • 28BerardiBooked at 90mins
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forRoofeat 65'minutes
  • 25Vieira
  • 10AlioskiBooked at 83mins
  • 21SáizSubstituted forAnitaat 90+2'minutes
  • 19Hernández
  • 9LasoggaSubstituted forEkubanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lonergan
  • 7Roofe
  • 8Anita
  • 11Grot
  • 42Nicell
  • 45Ekuban
  • 46Pearce

Sunderland

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 12Camp
  • 22Love
  • 23KonéBooked at 70mins
  • 16O'Shea
  • 36Wilson
  • 6CattermoleSubstituted forLua Luaat 90+5'minutes
  • 27Gooch
  • 4McNair
  • 26HoneymanBooked at 12minsSubstituted forEjariaat 83'minutes
  • 19McGeadySubstituted forMcManamanat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 1Steele
  • 11Lua Lua
  • 13McManaman
  • 21Matthews
  • 29Asoro
  • 35Clarke-Salter
  • 53Ejaria
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
30,461

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home6
Away13
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Sunderland 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Sunderland 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Donald Love with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lamine Koné (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lynden Gooch with a cross.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Lee Cattermole.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Donald Love.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Vurnon Anita replaces Samuel Sáiz.

  11. Booking

    Callum McManaman (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Booking

    Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Dismissal

    Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) is shown the red card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

  15. Post update

    Callum McManaman (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Callum McManaman replaces Aiden McGeady.

  17. Post update

    Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  18. Post update

    Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

  20. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Donald Love tries a through ball, but Aiden McGeady is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves41278674363889
2Cardiff40248862342880
3Fulham412212771413078
4Aston Villa4121101065402573
5Derby401814860382268
6Middlesbrough411991358391966
7Millwall4117141052391365
8Bristol City411614115647962
9Sheff Utd41188155548762
10Brentford4116131257471061
11Preston411515114943660
12Norwich411413144551-655
13Leeds41159175357-454
14Ipswich41158184952-353
15QPR411311174961-1250
16Sheff Wed411114164855-747
17Nottm Forest40137204358-1546
18Hull411014175961-244
19Reading411012194660-1442
20Birmingham41117233158-2740
21Bolton41912203462-2839
22Barnsley40813194260-1837
23Sunderland41614214473-2932
24Burton41711233072-4232
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