City 1 – 1 Leeds United
City recovered some dignity if not form with a 1-1 draw against Dennis Wise’s relegation doomed Leeds United side on Tuesday night.
Wise received his usual warm welcome from the City fans and was even polite enough to live up to his reputation by initiating a fracas in front of the bench at the end of the first half. On this evidence he will be collecting his P45 from Uncle Ken or else providing the likes of Doncaster and Port Vale with the pleasure of his company next season.
The first fifteen minutes was a fair reflection of the rest of the game as neither side settled into any kind of rhythm and the ball spent far more time in the air than on the ground. With no apparent urgency from the City players there was nothing to breed any confidence that a poor Leeds side would be dispatched with ease. The exception was the energetic Hume who ran his socks off up front without ever really threatening the United goal. He was brought down on 19 minutes but the absence of any organisation from the resulting free kick was typical of the opening spell.
Leeds offered little and looked to be a side bereft of confidence befitting their position in the bottom three. On 33 minutes they earned a corner which on another day could easily have been turned in, on this occasion being put across the goal with no-one able to get a touch. Richardson had a chance 5 minutes later with a free kick but put the ball straight into Paul Henderson’s arms.
The remainder of the first half provided little in the way of incident until Henderson came out of his area to clear a high ball being pursued by Jemal Johnson. The City keeper leapt well to win the ball with his head and, in the eyes of the referee at least, foul the onrushing Leeds man who failed to jump for the challenge. It was a gruesome and unfortunate injury but a questionable foul and certainly not a booking, something which Mr Laws seemed unable to comprehend as he awarded a free kick to Leeds on the edge of the box and showed Henderson the yellow card…