Leeds secured what could be a valuable point in their fight against the drop with a 2-2 draw against Newcastle in a tale of three penalties.
A key moment came with Leeds a goal down, courtesy of Luke Ayling, as Patrick Bamford spurned a golden chance from the penalty spot, and less than two minutes later the Newcastle were awarded a penalty of their own which was taken by Callum Wilson.
Newcastle were awarded a second penalty when Junior Firpo inexplicably handled inside his own area and Wilson stroked home his second goal to put the Magpies ahead. That could have beaten the Leeds charge, but Rasmus Kristensen’s deflected strike earned Sam Allardyce a point in his first home game in charge.
In a riotous and action-packed game, Firpo was sent off late on for a professional foul and a Leeds fan was taken off by the stewards for tackling Eddie Howe in the Newcastle technical area as the the clock is ticking.
Leeds remain in the drop zone with two games left to save their season – away to West Ham before hosting Tottenham on the final day. Newcastle, who play Brighton on Thursday – live on Sky Sports, still have their top-four hopes in their own hands and remain third.
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Leeds United’s remaining games
May 21: West Ham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 1:30pm
May 28: Tottenham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4:30pm
Newcastle’s remaining games
May 18: Brighton (H) – Premier League, kick-off 7:30pm
May 22: Leicester (H) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm
May 28: Chelsea (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4:30pm
Leeds keep their bid for Premier League survival alive as they travel West Ham next Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 1:30pm. Allardyce’s side then hosts Tottenham at Elland Road on the last day of the season.
Newcastleon the other hand, hope to secure a top-four finish by winning their next two games, both at home – live on Sky Sports. Eddie Howe’s side host Brighton on Thursday evening, kick-off 7:30pm, before the welcome Leicester at St James’ Park for Monday Night Football on May 22.
The Magpies end their season with a trip to Chelsea on May 28.