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Saturday 17 November 2018

Grayson rages as Leeds let lead slip

Leeds manager Simon Grayson (pictured) criticised his players' mental approach after they threw away a two-goal half-time lead before snatching a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser in a pulsating 3-3 draw at Brighton.

Andy Keogh and Ross McCormack put Leeds in charge but the Seagulls launched a stunning second-half fightback to go ahead through a penalty from Ashley Barnes and two goals from Craig Mackail-Smith.

However, Leeds snatched a point in the second minute of stoppage time when McCormack rammed in a cross from skipper Jonathan Howson.

Grayson said: "We can't keep conceding goals and my players must understand it.

"We shouldn't be delighted at getting a point right at the death from the situation that we were in.

"But, on the positive side, we have taken seven points out of nine in the last three games and will always score."

Brighton boss Gus Poyet admitted that, in the cold light of day, taking a point from the game would be seen as one gained, in the circumstances.



Realistic

He said: "We were practically out of the game at 2-0 down so we need to be realistic. Credit to the players to get back to 2-2 and then score again.

"But there's no excuses. We made a great effort only to concede in the 92nd minute.

"I'm not happy with 3-3, but it can be a point gained from the position that we were in."

Poyet said a major plus point has been the form of strikers Barnes and Mackail-Smith, who now boast 11 goals between them.

He added: "Mackail-Smith stormed back after his worst 45 minutes for us in the first half.

"It's been frustrating for him but his goals were well-taken ones and I'm really pleased for him."

Brighton are unbeaten at home in the league since switching to play at the new Amex Stadium, and Poyet is delighted that they are proving difficult opponents.

He added: "I was pleased with the mental strength we showed. We are a good team and difficult to beat, but playing two games in 48 hours (following Wednesday's League Cup loss to Liverpool) wasn't easy."

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