Richard Keogh has been quoted by the Derby Telegraph as saying that Leeds United’s style of football is an attractive one, after Derby County and Leeds played out a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Derby came from behind to equalise in injury time against Leeds, as substitute Chris Martin struck from 12 yards out to give Philipp Cocu’s side a valuable point at Elland Road – despite having their backs against the wall for much of the match.
Leeds dominated possession, territory, shots and corners. But they could only find the back of the net on one occasion, as Stuart Dallas’ shot was inadvertently put into his own net by left-back Max Lowe.
Leeds fans are not particularly fond of Derby skipper Keogh after last season’s Spygate scandal and the play-off semi-finals made the two sides fierce rivals. But Keogh was complimetary of Leeds, praising their style of football.
“Leeds are a good team; we know it and there’s no denying it. They play good football and with a lot of high energy. Once we beat their press we could have been a bit more dangerous,” Keogh said. “They missed a penalty and that gave us confidence. We dug in deep and got the goal.”
TBR’s view – Will Leeds rue last-minute goal?
Leeds will see the result as two points lost than one gained in their fight for the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League. It is twice that Leeds have conceded an injury-time goal, costing the club three points.
They almost secured a point against Swansea before the Welsh side won 1-0 at Elland Road. The Whites need to reinstate Elland Road as a fortress if they are able to gain promotion, but then – do Leeds ever do it the easy way?