DIOUF TOLD TO CLEAN UP ACT
LEEDS UTD ......1 BRIGHTON ......2
FRUSTRATED Brian McDermott blasted ElHadji Diouf after his obsence gesture while celebrating in front of Brighton’s fans earned him a red card as nine-man Leeds succumbed to the Seagulls’ ten.
Will Buckley put Brighton ahead shortly before Rodolph Austin saw red, Diouf equalised from the spot though only to get himself sent off in the process for his gesture towards the fans and Leonardo Ulloa sealed Brighton’s three points in the closing stages and their place in the play-offs.
McDermott felt Leeds would have won had the Senegalese striker not been sent off and lambasted the earlier decision to send Austin off.
“Diouf’s is a red card, no argument, I’ve spoken to him and he’s apologised,” he said.
“He needs to learn, and I think he can, but these things are dotted around his career, he needs to let his football do the talking.
“He was outstanding, he makes the difference on the football pitch, but that doesn’t belong in the game.
“He scored the goal, plays well, we get level and at ten versus ten there’s no doubt we win that game.
“But there’s no way Austin’s is not a red card, he bumped into him and we will 100 per cent appeal that – if you send people off for that you’ll be playing five-a-side.
“There were a lot of positives from it, though, we passed the ball well even with ten.
“Our players kept going, there was a great spirit and we certainly deserved to get something from the game.
“These fans are not difficult to play for at all, we just need to give them something to cheer for next season and I’m looking forward to that.”
Leeds gifted the Seagulls their opener after ten minutes, Buckley racing onto Tom Lees’ short back pass to calmly slot past Paddy Kenny from eight yards.
And it went from bad to worse for United as minutes later Austin was given a straight red for an arm across Ashley Barnes when tracking back.
Leeds were given a 74thminute lifeline as substitute Calderon saw red for hauling down Diouf, who got up to tuck home the resulting penalty.
But the striker was sent off before play got back underway, the linesman informing referee Graham Scott of Diouf’s gesture towards the Seagulls fans.
And ten-man Brighton stole the points in the dying minutes, Ulloa rising to nod in Andrea Orlandi’s cross from close range.
Jason Pearce nearly rescued a point for United in the 90th minute, but his header was tipped over by Tomasz Kuszczak.
Brighton are now guaranteed a play-off place and their boss, former Leeds assistant Gus Poyet, ordered his players to grab their chance.
“To be able to play the play-offs is a great prize for us and a great opportunity – let’s see if we can go all the way,” said Poyet.
“Seeing the faces of the players in the dressing room today is a pleasure to watch.
“With Calderon, if he gives a penalty he has to give the red card so it’s about analysing whether it was a penalty.
“But when they had five or six appeals then they’re going to get one, that’s football and we will accept it.
“I love Elland Road and on top of that I’m getting good results, it’s a shame it’s against Leeds but I need to do the best for Brighton.”
ON HIS WAY: El-Hadji Diouf after being sent off
ULLO, ULLO: Leonardo Ulloa celebrates scoring the Brighton winner