Leeds 1-1 Preston: Dallas scores last-gasp equaliser to rescue a point for Bielsa’s men

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Leeds 1-1 Preston: Stuart Dallas scores last-gasp equaliser to rescue a point for Marcelo Bielsa’s men after Alan Browne put the visitors ahead

  • Leeds scored an 89th-minute equaliser to draw with Preston at Elland Road 
  • Browne had given North End a first-half lead after a swift counter attack
  • But Dallas’ shot from just outside the box went in via a deflection

Of all the managerial rivals to have gained Marcelo Bielsa’s respect since arriving at Leeds, it is Preston’s Alex Neil who he has perhaps spoken about in the most glowing terms. 

After this fraught encounter in which Neil’s upwardly mobile side so nearly claimed all three points before Stuart Dallas’ dramatic late leveller, it was easy to see why. 

Alan Browne’s delightful 22nd-minute strike capped the kind of devastating counter-attack that Leeds have often conjured since Bielsa arrived in the summer of 2018. 

Alan Browne’s second league goal of the season put Preston in front in the 22nd minute

‘The style of Preston is one that I like a lot,’ wrote Bielsa in his pre-match programme notes. 

‘They have some very good players, particularly in the midfield area and they like to play football. They have had an excellent season so far.’ 

They were prophetic words from Bielsa, whose side’s second-half rally was finally rewarded a minute from time when Dallas rifled home a 25-yard shot which deflected past Declan Rudd, North End’s inspired goalkeeper. 

Browne put the finishing touch following a swift counter attack in the first-half

Browne put the finishing touch following a swift counter attack in the first-half

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After dropping five points in their previous two games, the onus was on Leeds to reassert their promotion pedigree. Instead, they went close inside the second minute when Patrick Bamford hit a shot from 20 yards which was deflected wide for a corner. Preston did not seem fazed in the slightest. 

They began to cause Leeds problems with Tom Barkhuizen a menace on the left flank and Sean Maguire on the opposite wing and veteran striker David Nugent proving difficult for Ben White to handle.

In the sixth minute, Kiko Casilla almost cost Leeds dear when he raced out of his box to try and clear, but the Spaniard was lucky to see Brad Potts see his shot blocked as Preston began to up the tempo. 

Barkhuizen shot low into Casilla’s midriff and a neat passing sequence then culminated in Browne hitting a shot just wide. Moments later, Barkhuizen’s cross was almost converted by Nugent, only for White to make a vital touch to deny him. 

Midway through the first half, Preston got the goal their industry and craft deserved. Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich was dispossessed by a fine tackle from Maguire around 25 yards from Preston’s goal. 

Leeds scored an 89th-minute equaliser to draw with promotion rivals Preston at Elland Road

Leeds scored an 89th-minute equaliser to draw with promotion rivals Preston at Elland Road

The counter-attack was deadly, with North End rapidly advancing upfield and driving through the heart of the Leeds defence. 

Ben Pearson’s clever pass found Barkhuizen and he in turn found Browne, who took a touch before sweeping home a low, left-foot shot into the bottom corner past Casilla. Potts then fired just wide for Preston before Ezgjan Alioski, twice, and Luke Ayling, threatened for Leeds. 

The hosts turned the screw as the interval approached, but a smattering of boos greeted the half-time whistle and summed up home frustrations. 

Two minutes into the second half, Ayling’s low cross caused havoc before being cleared and then Dallas forced Rudd into action. 

Stuart Dallas' shot from just outside the box went in via a deflection in the 89th minute

Stuart Dallas’ shot from just outside the box went in via a deflection in the 89th minute

In the 64th minute, Bielsa replaced Bamford with on-loan striker Eddie Nketiah, who looks set to be recalled by Arsenal next month, and the move almost paid dividends. 

Helder Costa’s right-wing cross found its way to Alioski, who could only blaze wildly over the crossbar from 10 yards. 

Nketiah then saw a header turned around a post by Rudd before Alioski struck a fierce left-foot shot which rebounded off a post before Preston cleared. 

With two minutes remaining, Rudd made a stunning close-range save to keep out Alioski’s far-post header but when Ayling found Dallas moments later, his fierce shot deflected past Preston substitute Ryan Ledson and into the net. 

Cue delirium in the home stands, but despite six minutes of added time, Bielsa’s side could not find a winner. 

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Leeds 1-1 Preston: Stuart Dallas scores last-gasp equaliser to rescue a point for Marcelo Bielsa’s men after Alan Browne put the visitors ahead

  • Leeds scored an 89th-minute equaliser to draw with Preston at Elland Road 
  • Browne had given North End a first-half lead after a swift counter attack
  • But Dallas’ shot from just outside the box went in via a deflection

Of all the managerial rivals to have gained Marcelo Bielsa’s respect since arriving at Leeds, it is Preston’s Alex Neil who he has perhaps spoken about in the most glowing terms. 

After this fraught encounter in which Neil’s upwardly mobile side so nearly claimed all three points before Stuart Dallas’ dramatic late leveller, it was easy to see why. 

Alan Browne’s delightful 22nd-minute strike capped the kind of devastating counter-attack that Leeds have often conjured since Bielsa arrived in the summer of 2018. 

Alan Browne’s second league goal of the season put Preston in front in the 22nd minute

‘The style of Preston is one that I like a lot,’ wrote Bielsa in his pre-match programme notes. 

‘They have some very good players, particularly in the midfield area and they like to play football. They have had an excellent season so far.’ 

They were prophetic words from Bielsa, whose side’s second-half rally was finally rewarded a minute from time when Dallas rifled home a 25-yard shot which deflected past Declan Rudd, North End’s inspired goalkeeper. 

Browne put the finishing touch following a swift counter attack in the first-half

Browne put the finishing touch following a swift counter attack in the first-half

  • Championship
  • Premier League
  • Championship
  • League One
  • League Two
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Scottish Div 1
  • Scottish Div 2
  • Scottish Div 3
  • Ligue 1
  • Serie A
  • La Liga
  • Bundesliga

After dropping five points in their previous two games, the onus was on Leeds to reassert their promotion pedigree. Instead, they went close inside the second minute when Patrick Bamford hit a shot from 20 yards which was deflected wide for a corner. Preston did not seem fazed in the slightest. 

They began to cause Leeds problems with Tom Barkhuizen a menace on the left flank and Sean Maguire on the opposite wing and veteran striker David Nugent proving difficult for Ben White to handle.

In the sixth minute, Kiko Casilla almost cost Leeds dear when he raced out of his box to try and clear, but the Spaniard was lucky to see Brad Potts see his shot blocked as Preston began to up the tempo. 

Barkhuizen shot low into Casilla’s midriff and a neat passing sequence then culminated in Browne hitting a shot just wide. Moments later, Barkhuizen’s cross was almost converted by Nugent, only for White to make a vital touch to deny him. 

Midway through the first half, Preston got the goal their industry and craft deserved. Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich was dispossessed by a fine tackle from Maguire around 25 yards from Preston’s goal. 

Leeds scored an 89th-minute equaliser to draw with promotion rivals Preston at Elland Road

Leeds scored an 89th-minute equaliser to draw with promotion rivals Preston at Elland Road

The counter-attack was deadly, with North End rapidly advancing upfield and driving through the heart of the Leeds defence. 

Ben Pearson’s clever pass found Barkhuizen and he in turn found Browne, who took a touch before sweeping home a low, left-foot shot into the bottom corner past Casilla. Potts then fired just wide for Preston before Ezgjan Alioski, twice, and Luke Ayling, threatened for Leeds. 

The hosts turned the screw as the interval approached, but a smattering of boos greeted the half-time whistle and summed up home frustrations. 

Two minutes into the second half, Ayling’s low cross caused havoc before being cleared and then Dallas forced Rudd into action. 

Stuart Dallas' shot from just outside the box went in via a deflection in the 89th minute

Stuart Dallas’ shot from just outside the box went in via a deflection in the 89th minute

In the 64th minute, Bielsa replaced Bamford with on-loan striker Eddie Nketiah, who looks set to be recalled by Arsenal next month, and the move almost paid dividends. 

Helder Costa’s right-wing cross found its way to Alioski, who could only blaze wildly over the crossbar from 10 yards. 

Nketiah then saw a header turned around a post by Rudd before Alioski struck a fierce left-foot shot which rebounded off a post before Preston cleared. 

With two minutes remaining, Rudd made a stunning close-range save to keep out Alioski’s far-post header but when Ayling found Dallas moments later, his fierce shot deflected past Preston substitute Ryan Ledson and into the net. 

Cue delirium in the home stands, but despite six minutes of added time, Bielsa’s side could not find a winner. 

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