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Leeds blow despite spirited draw with Brighton


Leeds slipped back into the Premier League relegation places despite twice coming from behind to earn a point in an entertaining draw at home to Brighton.

Alexis Mac Allister's first-half header was quickly cancelled out by Patrick Bamford's spectacular 20-yard strike before Jack Harrison scored at both ends in a fast and frenetic second period.

World Cup winner Mac Allister nodded Brighton in front from close range after Kaoru Mitoma intelligently headed Pascal Gross' deep cross back into the danger area.

Leeds soon levelled as Bamford's speculative 20-yard shot took a slight deflection off Adam Webster to dip over Jason Steele and in off the underside of the bar.

A Mitoma cross led to Brighton's second goal as Harrison turned into his own net under pressure from Solly March after Max Wober had narrowly avoided the same fate.

But the midfielder made amends at the other end by curling home from Wilfried Gnonto's short corner.

Wins elsewhere for Bournemouth and Everton, however, meant Leeds slipped two places to 19th, a point from safety, while the draw lifted Brighton up to seventh in their chase for European football next season.

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