By Andy Baggott
January 3 2012
Ross McCormaks last gasp winner yesterday may just have saved manager Simon Grayson from the sack. After three consecutive defeats, Grayson was staring down the barrel of Chairman Ken Bates’ gun…Trailing 1-0 against 10 man Burnley, Bates’ trigger finger could well have been about to fire the fatal bullet.
It was a strange old game. Burnley probably shaded the opening 20 minutes or so – although on loan Andros Townsend provided a pace and skill – something that has been missing for far too long.
The game changed though on the half hour – Kieran Trippier shown a second yellow card for dragging back Townsend. The dynamics changed instantly, with Burnley understandably sitting back, inviting Leeds to break them down. The home side had the bulk of the play, but didn’t really threaten, a few long range shots the nearest they came. After the break, it was more of the same – plenty of endeavour from the Whites, but chances were few and far between. On 69 minutes though, the crowd were stunned – Charlie Austin created something from nothing, and fired in from 20 yards. Leeds made changes, but little changed. The final ball was wasted too often, and Burnley seemed set to see the game out. With a few minutes to go though, a poor Leeds corner was sliced into his own net by Brian Easton to give Graysons men a lifeline. Roared on by the 27,000 crowd, they went for the winner. Deep into injury time, Towsend’s shot was spilt, and McCormack walked the ball into the empty net. It was a vital, vital win, and Grayson lives to fight another day.