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Hull 2-2 Leeds: Poor defending costs Leeds once again

Goals from Rob Snodgrass and Davide Somma were enough to earn Leeds a point yesterday at the KC Stadium against Hull.

Leeds' players went into the game fresh and ready after having a week off due to our recent defeat over Arsenal. For the game Simon Grayson decided to return to the 4-4-2 formation that we had seen earlier on in the season. Davide Somma earned his first start since November and replaced the injured Sanchez Watt. The South African has been patient these past few months, and has shown his potential and class after coming off the bench against Scunthorpe and Portsmouth and grabbing some goals.

Hull took the lead in the 33rd minute after Aaron McLean was given acres of space, before he slipped his pass through the defence for Matty Fryatt to slide his shot past Kasper Schmeichel. The defence were once again found wanting when Hull made it 2-0 just before the break. Jamie Chester was left unmarked in the penalty box and he headed home from close range from a corner.

Leeds have been playing with a 'never say die' attitude and got themselves back into the game in the 44th minute. Davide Somma won a free-kick on the edge of Hull box and Robert Snodgrass curled in a peach of a shot which Guzan could do nothing about. Going into the second half Leeds still had a chance of salvaging something from the game. The equaliser came from a throw-in something you normally see at Premier League outfit Stoke. McCartney took the throw-in which fell to Somma who smashed the ball onto the underside of the crossbar, Snodgrass followed the ball up to make sure of the goal but it was the South African who celebrated.

Both sides had chances to score in the latter stages of the game but in the end a draw was a fair result. Going forward Leeds are deadly as the Championship table shows, however defensive mistakes are too common within the side and Leeds need to cut these out if we are to seriously challenge for the play off's.

Leeds' next opponents are Coventry at Elland Road on Saturday and the defence will need to buck their ideas up, as Coventry striker Marlon king is in form going into this match.

Hull: Guzan, Rosenior, Gerrard, Dawson, Chester, Koren, Evans, Stewart (Devitt 71), Harper (Barmby 63), McLean (Belaid 78), Fryatt Subs: McShane, Simpson, Duke, Cairney.

United: Schmeichel, Connolly, O'Brien, Bruce, McCartney, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Somma (Sam 69), Gradel (McCormack 90), Becchio (Paynter 86). Subs: Higgs, Kilkenny, Parker, Bromby.

Referee: G Salisbury

Booked: Dawson, Gerrard (Hull), O'Brien, McCartney (Leeds)

Attendance: 24,110

See match highlights here.

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