Leeds United picked up a potentially crucial point against Brighton at Elland Road, with a late equaliser providing some hope going to the season's final day.
The Whites were unlucky not to take the lead inside three minutes when the Brighton keeper spilled his catch from a corner, with Gelhardt there to swing a boot at the ball with his back to goal. The shot was on target but hit Liam Cooper in the face before it could cross the line.
Brighton built into the game and took the lead on 21 minutes when the away side countered against a promising Leeds attack. Welbeck stood up Llorente on the right channel, with the Spaniard’s challenge too nonchalant to stop Welbeck from lifting the ball over Meslier and into the net.
The tide has well and truly turned against the Leeds board at Elland Road today. Loud and clear. #LUFC— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) May 15, 2022
Both sides had chances before the break, with Leeds building some momentum through chances for Klich and Phillips, but The Whites had it all to do in the second half.
Sanchez between the Brighton sticks stood between Leeds and an equalising goal time and time again in the second half, while Danny Welbeck did his bit to keep Leeds in the game, missing an absolute sitter at the back post on 87 minutes.
And thank God, because it allowed for Joe Gelhardt to latch onto a great ball into the box by Llorente. The youngster used all the magic in his locker to beat his man on the byline before lofting the ball onto the head of Struijk at the back post who nodded the ball home.
Both sides had moments after the equaliser, with a penalty shout for Leeds being waved away by Mike Dean and his colleagues in VAR. At the other end, Tariq Lamptey put the ball inches wide of the post after things opened up for him on the right channel.
In the end, this could be a huge point depending on results elsewhere, but there is still a lot of work to do. For one more week of the season, it’s time to get behind the team and give them all we’ve got.