Stuart Dallas, two-goal hero from Leeds, excels in the thrilling last-breath winner in Manchester City

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‘I think I took one touch, closed my eyes and patted it!’: Stuart Dallas, two goal hero from Leeds, enjoying the thrilling winner of the last breath in Manchester City … claiming Marcelo Bielsa’s side proved that they CAN defend themselves well after criticism earlier in the season

  • Stuart Dallas’ brace took a surprise 2-1 win for Leeds in Manchester City
  • The Northern Irishman hit late in both halves to secure the whites’ victory
  • Leeds played most of the game with 10 men after Liam Cooper’s straight red
  • Dallas claimed he had his eyes closed when he hit the injury time winner

A versatile journeyman from Cookstown in Northern Ireland, Stuart Dallas proves that you don’t need a natural Latin flair to thrive under Marcelo Bielsa.

Dallas started his career at Crusaders and signed for Leeds in 2015 – well before Bielsa’s arrival.

He has proven his rightful place in the Premier League this season and after manually serving his club in defense and midfield, Saturday’s winning double at Manchester City put him in the spotlight.

Stuart Dallas claimed he had his eyes closed when he scored the Leeds winner in Manchester City

Stuart Dallas claimed he had his eyes closed when he scored the Leeds winner in Manchester City

The midfielder scored a stoppage time winner in the 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium on Saturday

The midfielder scored a stoppage time winner in the 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium on Saturday

The midfielder scored a stoppage time winner in the 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium on Saturday

“It gives me a lot of luck because he is a player whose game is built on a lot of generosity,” said Bielsa.

‘He helps all his teammates to find the ball again and not lose it.

Today’s goals have made his name shine. This year, Dallas showed off a part of himself that we didn’t know he had. ‘

The 29-year-old has scored seven goals this season and his late winner between Ederson’s legs was worthy of an international striker – even though he jokingly claimed he had been slapped with his eyes closed.

Dallas had put Leeds ahead late in the first half with a fierce blow from distance

Dallas had put Leeds ahead late in the first half with a fierce blow from distance

Dallas had put Leeds ahead late in the first half with a fierce blow from distance

Marcelo Bielsa's quest for victory was damaged by Liam Cooper's red card in the first half

Marcelo Bielsa's quest for victory was damaged by Liam Cooper's red card in the first half

Marcelo Bielsa’s quest for victory was damaged by Liam Cooper’s red card in the first half

Ferran Torres (left) equalized for City, but Dallas eventually found a winner in injury time

Ferran Torres (left) equalized for City, but Dallas eventually found a winner in injury time

Ferran Torres (left) equalized for City, but Dallas eventually found a winner in injury time

‘It is a great result for us. It was difficult there. It’s hard enough with 11, let alone 10, ”Dallas said.

‘We defended very well and I managed to get to the end of an opportunity. I saw it open.

‘You have to be clinical against these teams. I think I touched once and closed my eyes.

‘We came up with a game plan, but that changes to 10, that changes. We dug in and showed someone else. We have been criticized for our defense, but we stood up.

‘You should never give up. Until 10 and they equalize. But we found something. It’s about how much you really want it. ‘

Dallas (center) claimed that Leeds had shown they can defend themselves after criticism earlier in the season

Dallas (center) claimed that Leeds had shown they can defend themselves after criticism earlier in the season

Dallas (center) claimed that Leeds had shown they can defend themselves after criticism earlier in the season

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