Saturday, 23 February 2008

Kandol snatches a late goal to secure a draw against the Alex

Leeds United: Ankergren, Kenton, Richardson, Michalik, Marques, Sheehan, Prutton, Howson, Sweeney, Kandol, Flo. Subs: Lucas, Huntington, Johnson, Carole, Elding.

Crewe Alexandra: Williams, Abbey, Baudet, O'Donnell, Boyle, Lunt, Gary Roberts, Schumacher, Gary Roberts, Maynard, Moore. Subs: Cox, O'Connor, Pope, Lowe, McCready.

Referee: Mike Pike.

An electric start by United with two chances on target in the first three minutes. After 59 seconds Tore Andre Flo fired in from 20 yards but the ball sailed over the bar. A shot by Alan Sheehan from 12 yards was blocked by Crewe's Daniel O'Donnell two minutes later.

As the game settled down the Whites remained in charge with more chances flying in but it was clear that Jermaine Beckford's sharpness in the penalty was being missed. Tresor Kandol doesn't yet have the same understanding with Flo that he has with Becks. Kandol has speed which veteran Flo can't match.

With two minutes to go in the first half a free kick taken by Kenny Lunt for Crewe had Casper Ankergren beaten but it hit the bar and United survived the only real chance that the Alex had in the first half.

But one minute 20 seconds after the re-start Crewe were ahead. Nicky Maynard drove in a low ball from 18 yards, 0-1.

Seb Carole came on for Darren Kenton in the 51st minute.

Leeds were still controlling the game and shots by David Putton and Fraser Richardson flew in but still they were no real threat up front.

Bradley Johnson came on for Peter Sweeney and Anthony Elding replaced Flo in the 65th minute.

Elding added a little bit more sharpness to the front-line but Crewe were seeing more of the ball and Leeds just did not look like scoring in this game.

But with less than five minutes to go, a free kick badly taken by Johnson, bounced around and somehow ended up at the feet of Carole, he crossed it to Kandol who headed in from the right of the 12 yard box and at long last he broke his goal drought, 1-1.

Six minutes of extra time saw Leeds battle on for the winner but the Alex held out and still we have to wait for that elusive first win for manager Gary McAllister.

Leeds worked hard and dominated the game but they are struggling up front and the play off's are getting harder and harder to reach,

Attendance 21,223.

Leeds United 1 Crewe Alexandra 1.

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