LEEDS UTD ......1 BRIGHTON ......2

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Phil Jones

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

PIC­TURES: An­drew Var­ley

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