Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Kamil Grabara has told BBC Radio Leeds that Leeds United’s second goal in their 2-0 win was almost impossible to defend and he praised the contributions made by Jack Harrison and Eddie Nketiah.
Leeds went back to the top of the Championship by securing the three points. It was a tough afternoon for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. The Terriers were arguably the better team during the first-half. But the Whites looked much better after the break.
Gjanni Alioski put Leeds in front shortly after the interval. And the visitors sealed the win late on after winning the ball back deep in their own half.
Harrison was played down the left-hand side and he produced an outstanding cross towards the back post. It was Pablo Hernandez who converted the chance, heading home from close range. There was also a key contribution from Nketiah, whose run left Hernandez with plenty of space.
And when Grabara was asked about the inquest after the goal, the Liverpool loanee insisted that there was little that could have been done once Harrison received the ball. He also lauded what Nketiah’s role.
“They made a fantastic cross,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “The striker made a great move to drag out our defence towards the near post. I think they’ve trained it a lot so they’ve just crossed the ball to the far post and basically the goal is open from that position.
“But you need to have a special delivery to score that. They made a fantastic cross. They scored, that’s how it is. Sometimes, it’s the kind of goals that’s basically impossible to defend when it comes to the delivery and strike.”
Leeds fans will not have been surprised by the ball from Harrison. He now has five assists in the Championship this season, already eclipsing his tally from last year.
Like most strikers, Nketiah will probably feel that Harrison’s cross was overhit. But he still deserves credit. His desire to get into the six-yard box did seem to create some confusion and does appear to drag one of the defenders away from Hernandez ever so slightly.
And with the ball just clearing over everyone by the barest of margins, that run from Nketiah could have made a big difference.