- Archie Gray scored the winning goal as Leeds came from behind to beat Leicester
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Daniel insists winning the Championship title is not important as long as Leeds United continue to rise.
It is evident that his players are not listening. This sensational come-from-behind victory before a euphoric Elland Road resurrected the race for the number one spot.
At one point, Leicester were 12 points clear and it looked like a done deal. The next, Leeds were six behind and breathing down their necks. The old place was shaking at the end.
After Wout Faes’ early header, Leeds should have been dead and buried as Leicester squandered chance after chance.
But with 10 minutes left, Connor Roberts scored his first goal for Leeds after Georginio Rutter ran into the Leicester box and the ball bounced off a defender.
Archie Gray scored his first senior goal as Leeds came from behind to beat Leicester
Substitute Daniel James scored in the final minutes to increase Leeds’ lead.
Daniel Farke’s team is now just six points behind Enzo Maresca’s championship leader
Jubilant Leeds players celebrate after Gray’s goal put them ahead against Leicester.
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The noise had barely died down when local hero Archie Gray won the title three minutes later. The youngster’s shot deflected both Hamza Choudhury and Faes towards goalkeeper Mads Hermansen.
In stoppage time, Dan James scored a free kick to settle the matter and the old place shook.
This was the ninth consecutive league victory for Farke’s team (also a club record since 1931) and maintained their unbeaten season here.
Leicester were stunned. Of course, the title is still in their hands and they should still rise, but the gap that was 17 points on New Year’s Day is now uncomfortably close.
It was the leaders who settled in the quickest, looking skillful in their passing and movement.
Ricardo Pereira made a free header from James Justin’s cross too direct for Ilian Meslier, before the Leeds goalkeeper made a more demanding fingertip save to deny Patson Daka.
But Leicester made their breakthrough from the resulting corner, piercing a rowdy atmosphere at Elland Road.
Dewsbury-Hall fired a short shot to the near post, where Daka beat marker Glen Kamara and dived onto the ball in front of Ilia Gruev to make the move.
Leeds had failed to catch Faes at the far post and the curly-haired Belgian ducked to head home.
Although there were complaints among the home fans, Leeds could have been level at half-time.
Gnonto burst into the Leicester box but took a strong touch by cutting inside rather than shooting, before Jannik Vestergaard made a superb last-minute tackle to thwart Crysencio Summerville.
Farke’s team needed to find more speed after the break and Rutter fired over after Harry Winks gave the ball away in midfield.
But Leicester continued to play more attractive football and Meslier made a one-handed save to deny the ever-ready Stephy Mavididi a goal.
From a corner, Vestergaard rose highest to head against the crossbar as Leeds again disconnected from a set-piece before Daka put the ball into the net from an offside position.
The Leicester man was bewildered and replays showed the ball fell to Leeds man Rutter rather than a team-mate, putting it into play.
Leicester continued to press and Mavididi’s pace again allowed him to escape Dewsbury-Hall’s perfect pass, but he wasted a golden one-on-one opportunity. Then Daka missed an even better one, shooting embarrassingly wide.
How those mistakes would prove costly.
Gray, 17, showed impressive composure to score and Leeds managed to prevail.
Wout Faes’ goal in the 15th minute had put Leicester ahead against Leeds
Faes seemed to have set Leicester on course for victory, but Leeds managed to fight back.
Patson Daka found the net for Leicester but his attempt was disallowed for offside.
Leeds’ Ilia Gruev tries to win the ball from Leicester attacker Stephy Mavididi