Today in Sheffield saw Leeds United travel the relatively short distance down the M1 to Bramall Lane to face a more-than-handy Sheffield United side.

It was a game that pitched the 5th place Blades against Marcelo Bielsa’s visiting 2nd place Whites. It was also a game where either side could have gone top, Sheffield United needing to win by two clear goals to do so.

As it was, it was the visitors who emerged with the three points on offer. It was Leeds’ first victory at Bramall Lane since 1992 in a fixture that had been seen as a bogey tie by many Leeds United fans. All that separated the two sides was the following goal from Pablo Hernandez – tucked away after a howler from Blades keeper Dean Henderson.

It was a nip-and-tuck game and you had the feeling that there would be only a single goal in this tie pitting two evenly matched sides against each other. Until Hernandez’s ‘fortuitous’ goal, both sides had contributed to a flowing game where strengths of one side cancelled out the strengths of the other.

It was the home side that started off the strongest in an opening burst where they denied Leeds United the ball and showed signs of stretching the Whites. Leeds gradually came back into the game, making greater inroads as the half worse on.

As expected, the second half opened up and was a more even affair with both teams looking like they could go on and nick a win. In the end it was Leeds that took that honour, although the home side did hit the face of the bar in injury time.

As talking points go, there were many throughout the game. Yet, none was more of a point of discussion than the following challenge from David McGoldrick:

On a day when Huddersfield Town’s Steve Mounier received a straight red for a similar challenge, many Leeds United fans are not happy that this challenge by McGoldrick didn’t receive the same. Just like Mounier, McGoldrick goes over the top of the ball, studs up and makes contact with the opposition player’s leg.

However, whilst Mounier was given a straight red, McGoldrick didn’t even get a sniff of a yellow in a decision that has angered many Leeds United fans.

Leeds United fans comment on McGoldrick challenge

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