None of the three West Yorkshire sides won last weekend, although Bradford City staged a spirited fightback to draw away to Sheffield United.
Leeds United, in the early, televised, kick-off, lost 1-0 at home to high-flying Leicester City. Both sides had chances to score early on in the game, but Ross McCormack spurned a glorious chance just minutes into the game, with a defensive mistake letting McCormack in, with only Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel to beat. Schmeichel, however, pulled off a fine save, to deny the home side taking the lead. Leeds could have been 3-0 up at half-time, with a combination of poor finishing and great goalkeeping denying them the chance to break the deadlock. Leeds’ wasted chances were to come back to hanut them, with David Nugent scoring with just 3 minutes left. A lucky ricochet fell to the feet of Nugent, who slotted the ball past Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny. Despite playing with much more confidence and pride than last week’s dismal 6-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds are still without a win in 7, losing the last 5 games in a row. This run of form has seen them drop from the periphery of the top 4, down to 12th position, 6 points off the play-off places.
Huddersfield Town’s new signing Nahki Wells scored for the second game in a row, but The Terriers lost 2-1 away to QPR. The away side dominated the game in the first half, but, like Leeds United, couldn’t take their chances, with Danny Ward squandering the best of these chances. QPR made Huddersfield regret these missed opportunities, and 10 minutes after half-time, Charlie Austin scored with a fantastic strike, from Andy Johnson’s flick-on. Bermudan striker Wells equalised for Huddersfield on 68 minutes, with a header, but Austin’s header 11 minutes from time proved to be the winner for QPR. Defeat for The Terriers leaves them 13th in the Championship.
Bradford City came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Sheffield United, but Kyel Reid was stretchered off injured, and now faces 6-8 months on the sidelines with damaged knee ligaments. Jamie Murphy gave the hosts a great start, just 8 minutes into the game, when he turned in Tony McMahon’s cross. Rory McArdle hit the bar with a header just a couple of minutes later, and the Bantams had a clear-cut penalty denied when Michael Doyle handled in the box, but referee Roger East bizarrely gave the free-kick in favour of the home side. The Bantams won no favours from the referee all afternoon, which angered the vast travelling support of over 3,000 Bradford fans. This travelling support (the largest in the country this weekend) saw Bradford go 2-0 down when Harry McGuire headed home from a corner, just before half-time, and a resurgence from the away side was needed if they were to get back into the game. Gary Jones’ deflected strike 10 minutes after the break gave the Bantams the momentum, and when James Hanson bundled in a Gary Jones free kick after 63 minutes, Bradford were level, much to the delight of their vocal travelling support. Sheffield United did have the better of the last half-hour, but Bradford will be pleased by a result. Despite this, they have only won one game in the last 17, and have dropped to 13th position, 9 points off the play-off places.