REFEREE Andy D’Urso was the villain of the piece as Leeds United were unluckily beaten by Ipswich in their latest Npower Championship game.
Leeds were one up and looking good for their second league win of the season when the controversial referee came up with a huge decision to send off left-back Aidan White. The hosts took advantage of their extra man to equalise and came up with a 90th minute winner when United transfer target Keith Andrews struck to clinch a 2-1 win.
Whites boss Simon Grayson (pictured) was in no doubt as to where the blame for the defeat lay.
He said: “The whole game changed on the sending-off decision.
“It’s a free-kick on Aidy White for a start. As he and Thomas are running through Thomas has nudged him in the back and that has made them both go down.
“We were in no danger of losing that game until that decision.
“First half we were outstanding against a team that has been put together with a lot of money and internationals and they created nothing.
“They never created a chance against us. We could have been two or three up and the game would have been put to bed.
“Ross McCormack’s header hit David Stockdale and he knows nothing about it. It wasn’t a worldy save, I could have accepted that, but we could have had the game won.
“When the home crowd boo their team off you know you have done a good job.”
Ipswich manager Paul Jewell admitted his side had been outplayed in the opening half when only two saves from another Leeds transfer target, David Stockdale, prevented McCormack from netting a hat-trick.
The Scottish striker did put the Whites in front in the 34th minute when he found space in the six-yard box to steered his header from a Robert Snodgrass cross past the keeper.
Three minutes after the break young defender White was shown a straight red card for dragging down Jay Emmanuel-Thomas a yard outside the box according to D’Urso, who failed to spot that White had been fouled first. Although Grant Leadbitter’s free-kick came to nothing, the moment inspired Ipswich.
Substitute Jason Scotland equalised in the 77th minute with a 25-yard thunderbolt then Andrews hit a lucky winner with a long-range effort that deflected off Adam Clayton.
Leeds felt further aggrieved when Max Gradel went down in the box under a Carlos Edwards challenge, but D’Urso waved away their penalty appeals.
Ipswich Town 2
(Scotland 77, Andrews 90)
Leeds United 1
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Ipswich: Stockdale, Edwards, Sonko, Delaney, Cresswell, Emmanuel-Thomas (Bullard 53), Andrews, Leadbitter (Carson 53), Kennedy (Scotland 72), Chopra, Murphy.
Leeds: Lonergan, Lees (Sam 90), O’Dea, Kisnorbo, White (sent off 49), Snodgrass (Nunez 90), Howson, Clayton, Gradel, McCormack (O’Brien 51), Keogh.
Referee: Andy D’Urso.