By Keith Ingham
In a unbelievable end of season day, an injury time goal by Ross McCormack beat Watford to deny their quest for a automatic Promotion.
Brian McDermott was forced to make changes due to the suspension of Rodolph Austin and El Hadji Diouf. Sam Byram was missing through injury. In came Michael Brown and Steve Morison returned to lead the attack with Adam Drury replacing Stephen Warnock, who dropped to the bench. Zak Thompson was due to start his first game under McDermott but it was realised he was ineligible during the warm up.
In a open few minutes both teams showed their attacking intent and it was Watford who came closest with Tom Lees blocking a Pudil effort. On ten minutes Steve Morison was replaced by Poleon after he was injured causing a lengthy delay. Then with twenty minutes played Poleon and a home defender clashed with Bond, the keeper was down for at least ten minutes then carried off to be replaced by Bonham, his first appearance for Watford. Just after forty minutes a remarkable thing happened, Leeds scored!. The first, first half goal was scored in over twenty plus games by Dominic Poloen, 1-0 Leeds. The injury time shown was sixteen minutes and in the sixth of these, Abdi scored with a unstoppable shot from distance. There was still time for Kenny to save from Anya. At the break 1-1, after a remarkable stoppage time.
Forestieri and McCormack came close to giving their respective teams the lead in a open start to the second half. With sixty minutes played Troy Deeney was shown a second yellow card and was sent off and Watford faced the remaining game with ten men. Aidy White replaced Brown soon after the dismissal but with the news of Hull beating Cardiff, they had little choice but to go for the win and Kenny was alert to Vydra with a great save but better was to follow when the Leeds keeper made a double save to deny what would have been a winner and taken Watford into the Premiership in the last few minutes. The news of Hull dramatically being held at home being a prelude to premature celebrations from the home side. But this amazing match had one more twist when a White through ball found Ross McCormack and he coolly lobbed the substitute keeper to gain a little revenge for the Playoff final defeat a few years ago. It was fitting that the one player that gives his all was to get our last goal in our final game.
A gutsy display by Leeds and a much deserved victory for the amazing away support. They came dressed up as 'Incredibles', convicts and many more characters and enjoyed spoiling the party for Watford, much as they did at QPR a couple of seasons ago.
MOTM : Paddy Kenny, the double save was brilliant. Ross deserves a mention with a brilliant 'lob' to win the game.
So that is it, 2012/13 season won't live in the memory for long apart from the cup wins v Everton, Southampton and Spurs. With support from GFH I'm confident that next season Brian McDermott will assemble a squad that can challenge the best the Championship can offer. Bring it on !!!!.
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