Leeds United were frustrated by Luton Town in what was a 1-1 draw, with a dominant Leeds display lacking goals in this one, with Stuart Dallas’ goal only enough for a point on this occasion.
Leeds were dealt an early blow just minutes into the match as Liam Cooper was forced off the pitch following what looked like a knock to the back and his left leg. Gaetano Berardi replaced him before Tyler Roberts had the first chance of the game, hitting a volley from the left just over the bar.
It was a scrappy first-half from both sides as Luton sat-in while Leeds were constantly on the ball looking for openings. Leeds did manage to creative a few decent looks with incisive passing into the channels, but the final ball proved hard to find. At half-time, Alioski was introduced in the place of Berardi, as Ayling moved into centre-back.
As the second half began, Leeds started energetically but were stunned within five minutes of the restart, as Luton opened the scoring. The away side’s substitute Cornick broke during quick counter-attack, curling a lovely side-footed strike into the top-right corner.
Leeds quickly acted, creating some clearer openings but to no prevail, with Roberts and Harrison trying their luck, before a Kalvin Phillips free-kick on the edge of the box broke twice for white jerseys in the box, but neither efforts could beat the keeper.
But soon after, Dallas did. Helder Costa found Alioski 20 yards from goal, who managed to slip a pass into Dallas who controlled brilliantly in tight space before firing home the equaliser.
It s a Goal.. Gol del Leeds. 1 a 1 a los 62 minutos pic.twitter.com/aBdRo2Hje5— Vengan De a Uno (@venganuno) June 30, 2020
From here, Leeds kept pushing for a winner, Bamford had a couple chances come his way, the big one came with 12 minutes left. Some brilliant individual play from Harrison on the left opened up a high cross into the box where Bamford was breaking through. Unmarked, he seemingly mistimed his attack on the ball and couldn’t connect on this occasion.
Another big chance came ten minutes later, as Hernandez sent a great pass to Alioski away on the left, his cut-back found Dallas, whose shot was deflected wide but no corner was awarded this time.
A final chance came in what was a similar one to Bamford’s 15 minutes previous. A brilliant cross from Alioski met the head of Helder costa in the middle, who didn’t catch his header right.
In the end, Leeds should’ve taken all three points from this game, Alioski had a big impact once again while Hernandez was hot and cold at times, but they were crucial to Leeds’ fight in the second-half. We now look ahead to Saturday, with yet another crucial 90 minutes ahead for Leeds United.