Crystal Palace 1 Leeds 1: Snodgrass snatches point for United
Robert Snodgrass stepped off the bench to rescue a point for Leeds against 10-man Crystal Palace just over two weeks after undergoing surgery on his appendix.
The Scotland international, a surprise inclusion in the Leeds squad, struck from close range in the 63rd minute to cancel out Chris Martin's early opener for Palace.
The hosts played the second period with 10 men after striker Sean Scannell had been sent off on the stroke of half-time for a second yellow card.
Taking a tumble: It was a hard-fought point for both clubs in south London
Crystal Palace: Speroni, McCarthy, Gardner, Dumbuya (McShane 67), Wright, Parr, Dikgacoi, Scannell, Ambrose, Easter (Murray 82), Martin (Zaha 70).
Subs Not Used: Price, Jedinak.
Sent Off: Scannell (45).
Goals: Martin 6.
Leeds: Lonergan, Lees, O'Dea, Thompson, White (Snodgrass 56), Brown, Clayton, Pugh, Townsend, McCormack, Becchio (Forssell 79).
Subs not used: Taylor, Bruce, Nunez.
Goals: Snodgrass 63.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).
It was the second game running Leeds
had come from behind against 10 men after Ross McCormack's stoppage-time
winner against Burnley in their last league outing, but the point
did little for either side's npower Championship play-off aspirations.
Palace, with one eye on Wembley in
the Carling Cup, have won just three of their last their last eight
league games and have dropped to 13th place, while Leeds slipped to
11th, albeit just one point adrift of the top six.
Palace wasted little time in picking
up where they left off in their Carling Cup semi-final win over Cardiff
on Tuesday night – Anthony Gardner's goal gave them a slender lead to
take into the second leg – to take a sixth-minute lead.
Martin cut inside on the left side of
the penalty area and arrowed an angled shot into the bottom corner
beyond Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan for his second goal of the season.
Leeds spurned their best chance when
unmarked midfielder Danny Pugh lashed Adam Clayton's corner over the
crossbar from six yards.
Julian Speroni then pulled off two fine saves in quick succession to keep his side ahead.
The Palace keeper smothered Clayton's effort from inside the area and then parried defender Tom Lees' shot in the 36th minute.
Palace were reduced to 10 men on the
stroke of half-time. Scannell, already booked for a foul on Andros
Townsend, was shown a second yellow card by referee David Coote for his
clumsy challenge on Pugh.
Returning Ross McCormack's
close-range effort was blocked by Paddy McCarthy and Speroni saved
again, from Lees' header, as the visitors looked to make their extra man
count after the break.
Leeds manager Simon Grayson sent on Snodgrass for defender Aidy White in the 56th minute and was rewarded seven minutes later.
McCormack slipped the ball to his
fellow Scot inside the box and Snodgrass tucked the ball into the bottom
corner from six yards.
Republic of Ireland defender Paul
McShane, signed on loan from Hull this week, made his Palace debut when
replacing Mustapha Dumbuya in the 67th minute.
But Leeds continued to press.
Snodgrass, Pugh and Clayton were all off target with long-distance
efforts, while Speroni denied Leeds an 86th-minute winner when keeping
out substitute Mikael Forssell's close-range shot.