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Leeds United manager Brian McDermott fuming at referee after draw
Blackpool 1, Leeds United 1
Leeds United boss Brian McDermott believes referee Scott Mathieson cost his side victory against Blackpool by failing to dismiss Seasiders’ defender Kirk Broadfoot earlier in their 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road.
Broadfoot, who was eventually shown a straight red card in the final minute for a nasty challenge on Marius Zaliukas, hauled down Ross McCormack on the edge of the area when the striker was seemingly clean through on goal.
Referee Mathieson produced only a yellow card and Blackpool eventually held on for a point.
Midway through the first half, Lee Peltier had nodded Leeds in front but Tom Ince’s 65th-minute deflected strike ensured Blackpool ended a run of four straight defeats.
Leeds remain in the play-off places and unbeaten in five but McDermott is convinced Mathieson cost his side all three points.
“The referee made an error when Ross McCormack ran through on goal,” said McDermott.
“Kirk Broadfoot brought him down and he’s going in on goal, he’s got the ball under control and the referee has made the wrong decision. He’s given him a yellow card but it had to be a sending off.
“It’s a massive moment in the match because he’s one-on-one with the goalkeeper and if he scores, which I’d back him to, then we probably go on to win the game.
“Marius (Zaliukas) has taken a nasty tackle for the red card towards the end but luckily he’s okay and he’s a brave boy because it was a bad challenge.
“Overall we’re happy, sometimes you go away from home and be solid and we’ve done that. We’ve kept the points ticking over away from home and we move on to Nottingham Forest.”
Blackpool came into the match on a run of two defeats from their last three at home in the Sky Bet Championship but they did miss chances - Broadfoot should have done better with his first-half header while Ince fired just wide soon after his equaliser.
And assistant Alex Rae was full of praise for Ince while admitting the the Seasiders squad is set for a major shake-up next month.
"We told them to be patient and tried to switch the play plenty, which is where we got plenty of joy,” said Rae.
“Ince has come up with a great goal. He took plenty of stick from the Leeds fans and he showed good temperament to ignore it and make a decisive contribution.
“There’s not been a drop of confidence with recent results and I think that was evident. We’ve got a good home record and we always feel strong and confident at home.
“We’ve got a few loan deals that will expire in the next week or so and that will change our squad a fair bit so we’ll look to bring some players in and set ourselves up for the New Year.
“It was important that we stopped the run we were on and I was pleased with our response to going a goal down.”
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