Leeds United's habit of making things hard for themselves continued tonight when Hereford went ahead through Lionel Ainsworth within three minutes in the FA Cup first round reply.
Hereford and Leeds had drawn 0-0 in the first game at Edgar Street in front of Sky TV cameras.
Leeds lacklustre style was in evidence again with only a few bright moments in the first half, when chances by Jonny Howson, Seb Carole, Tresor Kandol and Jermaine Beckford went astray. Casper Ankergren was injured in the 38th minute. Fortunately, for once, United had a goalie on the bench and he was replaced by David Lucas.
They went in at half time to the sound of disapproval from the Kop.
Leeds started the second half a little brighter and an effort by Beckford was saved by Brown three minutes after the re-start, with the Leeds crowd, of only 11,315, unusually quite.
Leon Constantine came on, with 24 minutes left, for Ian Westlake as Dennis Wise gambled once again with three strikers when behind. Midfielder Carole made way for yet another striker, Curtis Weston, in the 83rd minute.
Leeds tried harder in the second half but but failed to play the patient passing game that has brought them so much success this season. League 2 side Hereford looked the most likely to get a result and they deserved their win.
It's the League that counts this season isn't it?
Leeds United 0 Hereford United 1