Leeds United 1-1 West Brom: Luke Ayling heads leveler to earn Baggies draw

Luke Ayling celebrates his goal for Leeds against West Brom
Leeds haven’t lost when Luke Ayling scores since day one of the 2021-22 season

Former Leeds United backroom staff member Carlos Corberan had to settle for a draw on his return to Elland Road with West Bromwich Albion.

Corberan’s Baggies looked set to steal the three points with Brandon Thomas-Asante’s controversial opener in the 52nd minute.

Jayson Molumby’s shot clearly deflected off Thomas-Asante’s arm – and the goal stood.

But, despite the heroism of visiting keeper Alex Palmer, who made two fine saves from Dan James in both halves, Leeds held on to the lead – and skipper Luke Ayling equalized.

He powered a 72nd-minute header into the top right corner of Welsh international James’ cross to earn the hosts a point.

And it was the least the hosts deserved to secure a second consecutive draw at home for relegated Leeds from Daniel Farke after their 2-2 draw against Cardiff City on day one.

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Leeds, beaten in added time by a controversial injury-time penalty at Birmingham last Saturday, were rocked by the pre-match announcement that disgruntled striker Wilfried Gnonto had officially submitted a transfer request.

But there was little sign of any aftermath from that as, buoyed by their home support, Farke’s men had the best of the first half.

They went close when goalkeeper Palmer saved from James, before Jamie Shackleton’s effort from range was deflected by Cedric Kipre and hit the post.

Leeds keeper Illan Meslier then needed a fine save early in the second half when recalled Thomas-Asante crossed for Albion skipper Jed Wallace at the near post, only for the Frenchman to hit him at the post.

A minute later, however, Albion’s luck was in order when Leeds failed to manage a corner kick near the post, Molumby firing on goal and it took two deflections.

The second came out of Thomas-Asante’s arm and went in but, with no video assistant referee facility in the English Football League, there was no comeback.

Palmer then kept Leeds at bay when he overcame his first-half stoppage by rising high to his left to beautifully prevent James’ curler from 20 yards out.

But Leeds eventually equalized when James backed inside, launched a teasing right-footed cross with his instep, Erik Pieters was caught off guard and Ayling timed his jump well to power home .

Both teams had chances to snatch victory, which would have flattered Albion – but there were no more goals.

Who’s next?

Former Norwich City boss Farke returns to East Anglia next Saturday when Leeds visit Ipswich Town.

Albion, who now have four points from their opening three games, welcome Middlesbrough to the Hawthorns on the same day.

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke:

“It’s quite a challenge. We expected to keep some of our quality players. We also have a few injuries to our key players which is also bad luck.

“We had to wait so long for financial restrictions to get income, so it hasn’t been easy. Hopefully we can improve as the season progresses.

“It’s a long road, a bumpy road, a hell of a job. If it was easy, everyone would do it. And there were many encouraging signs.

“I didn’t know their goal was handball. I thought it might be, but I was too far to judge.

“We can only focus on what we can influence and that’s our performance. And I like that attitude, guys never know when they’re beaten.”

West Bromwich Albion head coach Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio WM:

“We wanted to attack more. It was important to play with one striker. We improved a lot in the second half.

“We put pressure on them but conceded chances with our mistakes which gave Leeds the mentality that they could hurt us. And Alex Palmer was important to the cause.

“I liked how the intensity of the team didn’t diminish after we conceded the goal. We stayed focused and reacted enough and didn’t allow them to keep that momentum going and let us down. tackle.

“But it’s true that we have to avoid mistakes. Maybe after scoring we were too focused on defending and maybe we should have been more aggressive. That’s the only thing I’ll can -to be seen again.”

Alignments

Leeds

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 14Rodon
  • 21StruijkBooked at 78 mins
  • 25Byram
  • 22Gray
  • 4Ampadu
  • 17ShackletonBooked at 55 mins
  • 30GelhardtBooked 15 mins awayReplaced byGreen woodhas 83′minutes
  • 20jamesBooked at 61 mins
  • 24Rutter

Substitutes

  • 5Cress
  • 13Klaesson
  • 18gyabi
  • 19Green wood
  • 26beat
  • 28Darlow
  • 37Drameh

West Brom

Training 3-4-2-1

  • 24Palm
  • 6Ajayi
  • 4Kipre
  • 15RockBooked at 71 minsReplaced byTownsendhas 76′minutes
  • 2FurlongBooked at 9 mins
  • 8MolombyBooked at 29 mins
  • 35YokusluBooked at 85 minutesReplaced byChalobahhas 87′minutes
  • tenPhillipsBooked at 56 mins
  • 7J WallaceReplaced byGardner–Hickmanhas 86′minutes
  • 19FastReplaced byshoothas 69′minutes
  • 21Thomas AsanteReplaced byMajahas 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Townsend
  • 5Bartley
  • 9Maja
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17shoot
  • 27mowatt
  • 29Gardner–Hickman
  • 31Comrades
  • 33Griffiths

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