Leeds kept their survival hopes alive with a draw against Newcastle.
Leeds United’s Premier League survival prospects were boosted late in the game when they came from behind to secure a fighting point against Newcastle United at Elland Road – a contest that featured three penalties and a red card.
Interim manager Sam Allardyce will be pleased with the attitude displayed by Leeds, who looked set to suffer a humiliating defeat after grabbing the lead through Luke Ayling’s early strike.
The game appeared to have changed in a thunderous atmosphere when Patrick Bamford’s penalty on the half-hour was saved by Newcastle keeper Nick Pope, the disappointment compounded when Callum Wilson restored equality for the visitors from the spot moments later.
Wilson put Newcastle ahead with another penalty after 69 minutes after the video assistant referee deemed Junior Firpo had handled. Newcastle is trying to secure a place in the top four.
Leeds appeared defeated until Rasmus Kristensen’s strike deflected in off Kieran Trippier’s head 11 minutes from time.
Firpo was second off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Anthony Gordon, so they had to hold on for the last minutes.
There was also an incident on the touchline at the finish, when Newcastle manager Eddie Howe was shoved by a spectator who entered the manager’s technical area from the home end before being hauled away by security personnel.
Allardyce’s side is still in the bottom three, one point behind Everton, but he may come to regard this as a positive result.