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Leicester   2 - 2   Leeds

Highlights - Leicester 2-2 Leeds

Leicester came back from two goals down to earn a draw against in-form Leeds.

Max Gradel headed in from close range to put the visitors ahead before Robert Snodgrass extended the visitors' advantage, firing in an 18-yard strike.

But keeper Kasper Schmeichel's foul on Darius Vassell allowed Paul Gallacher to pull one back for the Foxes from the penalty spot after 72 minutes.

And, four minutes later, Foxes captain Andy King equalised when he smashed in a 25-yard shot.

Leeds extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with the result but will be left to rue the way they surrendered their advantage as Cardiff, who beat Coventry, leapfrogged them into second in the Championship.

It had looked so good for Leeds boss Simon Grayson as he took his side to the club where he played more than 200 games as a defender.

And it was another ex-Leicester player in the form of Gradel who put the visitors in front.

He headed home Neil Kilkenny's cross from the right after Foxes defenders Curtis Davies and Kyle Naughton were caught napping, with the latter not being helped by a slip.

The goal had come somewhat against the run of play but helped give Leeds a more assured manner.

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The visitors added a second in extraordinary fashion when a Snodgrass corner was headed back to the midfielder and he hit a first-time shot with the outside of his foot from an acute angle to beat keeper Chris Kirkland.

It seemed like Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson would suffer his first home league defeat since taking charge of the club.

However, the Foxes, who had already beaten Leeds twice this season in league and cup games at Elland Road, were given hope when Gallacher slotted home a spot-kick.

An equaliser did not take long to materialise as King emphatically scored with a long range strike which went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Leeds had two chances to snatch victory late on from corners but Kirkland saved from Neill Collins and Billy Paynter had a shot cleared off the line.

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 2-2 Leeds FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Gallagher (pen) 72
  • King 76
  • Gradel 19
  • Snodgrass 55

Leicester

  • 21 Kirkland
  • 16 Naughton
  • 24 Davies yellow card
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 10 King
  • 19 Wellens
  • 22 Abe (Dyer 64)
  • 32 Cunningham
  • 07 Gallagher
  • 09 Howard yellow card (Bednar 65)
  • 37 Vassell yellow card

Substitutes

  • 01 Weale,
  • 04 Morrison,
  • 08 Oakley,
  • 11 Dyer,
  • 23 Moussa,
  • 14 Waghorn,
  • 39 Bednar

Leeds

  • 01 Schmeichel yellow card
  • 02 Connolly yellow card
  • 05 Collins
  • 29 McCartney
  • 40 O'Brien
  • 07 Gradel
  • 08 Kilkenny (Faye 90+3)
  • 14 Howson (McCormack 85)
  • 16 Johnson
  • 10 Becchio yellow card (Paynter 85)
  • 23 Snodgrass

Substitutes

  • 12 Higgs,
  • 04 Bruce,
  • 26 Bromby,
  • 11 Sam,
  • 17 Faye,
  • 09 Paynter,
  • 44 McCormack
Ref: BatesAtt: 30,919
LEICESTER
LEEDS

Possession

  • Leicester 46%
  • Leeds 54%

Attempts on target

  • Leicester 2
  • Leeds 7

Attempts off target

  • Leicester 3
  • Leeds 2

Corners

  • Leicester 5
  • Leeds 10

Fouls

  • Leicester 12
  • Leeds 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:36 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+3:02 Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass, Neill Collins produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 90:00+2:55 Billy Paynter sends in a cross, clearance by Paul Gallagher.
  • 90:00+2:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Roman Bednar on George McCartney. Free kick taken by Neill Collins.
  • 90:00+2:15 Substitution Amdy Faye joins the action as a substitute, replacing Neil Kilkenny.
  • 89:56 Corner taken short by Lloyd Dyer.
  • 89:11 Darius Vassell fouled by Paul Connolly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
  • 89:11 Booking The referee cautions Darius Vassell for unsporting behaviour.
  • 88:38 Booking Paul Connolly is shown a yellow card.
  • 87:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny, clearance by Roman Bednar.
  • 87:02 Robert Snodgrass takes the inswinging corner, Neill Collins takes a shot. Save made by Chris Kirkland.
  • 85:48 Max Gradel takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.
  • 84:04 Luciano Becchio fouled by Curtis Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Kilkenny takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:04 Substitution Billy Paynter replaces Luciano Becchio.
  • 84:04 Substitution Ross McCormack replaces Jonathan Howson.
  • 82:27 Paul Gallagher produces a cross, Andrew O'Brien manages to make a clearance.
  • 81:01 The ball is sent over by Max Gradel, clearance by Jack Hobbs.
  • 80:29 Jonathan Howson produces a cross, save by Chris Kirkland.
  • 80:18 The ball is sent over by Max Gradel.
  • 78:41 Richie Wellens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George McCartney. Neil Kilkenny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:58 The assist for the goal came from Roman Bednar.
  • 75:58 GOAL - Andy KingLeicester 2 - 2 Leeds Andy King finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Leicester 2-2 Leeds.
  • 75:44 Max Gradel is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
  • 74:53 Paul Gallagher sends in a cross, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 72:54 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Kyle Naughton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 71:56 Kasper Schmeichel gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Darius Vassell.
  • 71:56 GOAL - Paul GallagherLeicester 1 - 2 Leeds Penalty scored by Paul Gallagher. Leicester 1-2 Leeds.
  • 71:16 Booking Kasper Schmeichel receives a caution.
  • 70:00 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Andy King.
  • 69:40 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, clearance by Curtis Davies.
  • 68:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Curtis Davies. Neill Collins takes the free kick.
  • 68:48 Booking Curtis Davies receives a caution.
  • 68:32 Darius Vassell produces a cross, clearance by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 65:24 Darius Vassell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 64:56 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
  • 63:45 Unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Greg Cunningham results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Kilkenny.
  • 63:45 Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Roman Bednar coming on for Steve Howard.
  • 63:45 Substitution Lloyd Dyer comes on in place of Yuki Abe.
  • 62:31 Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Jack Hobbs gets a block in.
  • 60:30 Jack Hobbs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio. Direct free kick taken by Neill Collins.
  • 60:02 The ball is swung over by Darius Vassell, Paul Connolly manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:12 Neil Kilkenny takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Andy King.
  • 56:41 Max Gradel has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 55:45 The offside flag is raised against Darius Vassell. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
  • 54:21 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass,
  • 54:21 GOAL - Robert SnodgrassLeicester 0 - 2 Leeds Robert Snodgrass grabs a goal from just inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Leicester 0-2 Leeds.
  • 53:52 Robert Snodgrass produces a cross, clearance by Jack Hobbs.
  • 53:22 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Curtis Davies.
  • 53:16 Max Gradel crosses the ball, clearance made by Curtis Davies.
  • 52:25 Neil Kilkenny takes a shot. Curtis Davies gets a block in.
  • 50:38 The ball is sent over by Paul Gallagher, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 48:52 Yuki Abe takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 48:22 Greg Cunningham takes a short corner. The ball is crossed by Greg Cunningham.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:25 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+1:04 Paul Gallagher takes the inswinging corner, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:57 Darius Vassell delivers the ball, clearance by Bradley Johnson.
  • 45:00+0:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Neil Kilkenny. Paul Connolly restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:10 Booking Booking for Steve Howard for dissent.
  • 43:47 The ball is sent over by Darius Vassell, Headed effort from inside the area by Steve Howard misses to the right of the goal.
  • 43:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luciano Becchio. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
  • 39:43 The ball is swung over by Paul Gallagher.
  • 38:11 Robert Snodgrass gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Cunningham. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:43 The ball is crossed by Curtis Davies, Paul Connolly manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by George McCartney on Yuki Abe. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.
  • 35:36 Long distance shot from Steve Howard misses to the left of the net.
  • 31:38 Greg Cunningham crosses the ball, clearance made by Neill Collins.
  • 31:14 Andy King sends in a cross. A cross is delivered by Steve Howard, Neill Collins makes a clearance.
  • 30:47 Curtis Davies fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. Curtis Davies takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 25:24 Outswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Steve Howard.
  • 25:24 Outswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Richie Wellens.
  • 25:12 The ball is delivered by Bradley Johnson, blocked by Jack Hobbs.
  • 24:34 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, clearance by Jack Hobbs.
  • 22:00 Paul Connolly sends in a cross, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.
  • 21:23 Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Kilkenny. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 18:45 Assist on the goal came from Neil Kilkenny.
  • 18:45 GOAL - Max GradelLeicester 0 - 1 Leeds Max Gradel finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Leicester 0-1 Leeds.
  • 17:07 The ball is sent over by Paul Gallagher, Paul Connolly manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line.
  • 16:12 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 14:56 Max Gradel concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Wellens. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
  • 14:48 Bradley Johnson sends in a cross, clearance made by Richie Wellens.
  • 12:55 The ball is sent over by Paul Gallagher, clearance by Paul Connolly.
  • 12:17 Unfair challenge on Greg Cunningham by Robert Snodgrass results in a free kick. Paul Gallagher takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:18 Paul Gallagher sends in a cross, clearance by Bradley Johnson.
  • 8:52 Robert Snodgrass gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.
  • 7:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Cunningham on Robert Snodgrass. Robert Snodgrass takes the direct free kick.
  • 7:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Neil Kilkenny. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:19 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Steve Howard misses to the left of the target.
  • 2:41 Foul by Jack Hobbs on Neill Collins, free kick awarded. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
  • 2:14 Luciano Becchio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
  • 2:14 Booking Luciano Becchio receives a yellow card.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 22 26 44
2 Cardiff 22 15 40
3 Leeds 23 4 39
4 Swansea 23 5 37
5 Norwich 22 5 36
6 Coventry 23 2 34
7 Reading 22 10 33
8 Burnley 21 7 32
9 Nott'm Forest 20 7 30
10 Derby 22 6 30
11 Watford 21 5 30
12 Doncaster 21 -2 30
13 Millwall 22 3 29
14 Portsmouth 21 1 29
15 Hull 22 -3 29
16 Barnsley 21 -5 29
17 Leicester 23 -7 29
18 Ipswich 22 -5 27
19 Bristol City 22 -9 26
20 Sheff Utd 22 -12 25
21 Middlesbrough 22 -11 21
22 Crystal Palace 22 -16 21
23 Scunthorpe 20 -12 20
24 Preston 21 -14 19



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