Leeds United secured a battling 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion as the division’s top two teams met at The Hawthorns.
Albion defender Semi Ajayi had bittersweet evening. He opened the scoring for the Baggies but then put through his own goal in the second half to restore parity.
Leeds will be hoping to finally get over the line in their promotion quest this season.
They led the Championship for large parts during 2018/19 but lost to Derby County in the play-offs.
Supporters will hope that Marcelo Bielsa can complete the job this time around and end Leeds’ Premier League exile.
Kalvin Phillips was once again tasked with pulling the strings for Leeds. He operated in a familiar central midfield role and was largely impressive.
Leeds striker Eddie Nketiah was playing his last game for the club, with Arsenal recalling the youngster from his loan.
Following the game, Phillips posted an emotional message to the England under-21 man on Twitter:
Good point on the road! Support was unreal! 💛💙
Wishing all the best to my guy eddienketiah wherever it may be it’s been a pleasure to play with you! 🙌🏽❤️ EDDIE EDDIE EDDIE! 💯 @ The Hawthorns https://t.co/waEZCYtVNS
— Kalvin Phillips (@Kalvinphillips) January 1, 2020
Nketiah has found the net on five occasions since arriving in the summer, although first-team games have been hard to come by.
Given the form of Patrick Bamford, the on-loan Arsenal ace made just two starts for the Whites during his loan.
Nonetheless, it would appear he has proved a popular dressing room figure.
Phillips has wished Nketiah well and he will probably now join another second-tier club on loan.
The 20-year-old has showcased his talents at Elland Road and scoring goals at Championship level is something that should come naturally.
Leeds must now hope Bielsa’s decision not to start him more comes back to bit them.
The Whites should have enough in the tank to get over the line but it will be interesting to see where Nketiah does rock up.