Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Luciano Becchio The Hero Again As Leeds Win

Luciano Becchio rifled Leeds to victory as Nigel Pearson's side paid the penalty for misfiring in front of goal. 

Striker Becchio tucked home his 11th of the season from the spot in only the third minute.

That left Leicester with plenty of time to grab a result but on the night Leeds marked the first anniversary's of Gary Speed's death, the home side clung on.

Neil Warnock said: “It was appropriate on a night we have paid tribute to Gary that we won like that.

“He would have been pleased to see us getting stuck in like that. It was a Gary Speed game.”

The Welshman played over 300 matches for the club, helping them win the title in 1992.

And the noise from the minute's applause pre-match had barely dampened down when United struck the opener.

Teenage right-back Sam Byram burst into the box and tumbled under Jeff Schlupp's challenge to win a penalty and Kasper Schmeichel was well beaten by Becchio from the spot.

It was enough to clinch three points against high-flying Leicester, just days after knocking Crystal Palace off the top of the table.

Warnock added: “Not many people would have tipped us to win both of them.”

He was right. Even after going one down Leicester looked the better side.

But when Martyn Waghorn drilled an angled volley against the bar and Jamie Vardy screwed his shot horribly off target the doubts started to set in.

And once Paddy Kenny got a glove to sub Anthony Knockaert's fizzer from distance, the writing was on the wall.

Pearson said: “I have no complaints about the penalty.

“We were short of our best. At 1-0 there is always a chance of getting something but we didn't show enough quality.

"It was a disappointing performance and we have to see it as a missed opportunity." 

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