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Lucas Paqueta scores a penalty

West Ham were denied a much-needed win as Rodrigo drove home a Leeds equaliser to salvage a point in a thrilling encounter at Elland Road.

The Hammers seemed set to end their five-match losing run with a victory to mark the passing of joint-chairman David Gold, whose death was announced by the club six hours before kick-off.

Teenage forward Wilfried Gnonto had put the hosts ahead when he thrashed the ball home after 27 minutes, only for Lucas Paqueta to level with a well-taken penalty after VAR had intervened following Pascal Struijk’s foul on Jarrod Bowen.

West Ham, though, could not keep control of a spiky contest after Gianluca Scamacca punished Brenden Aaronson’s wayward pass with a first-time shot from 25 yards just 45 seconds into the second half.

And with 20 minutes left, Rodrigo stepped inside off a Jack Harrison pass and beat Lukasz Fabianski with a low shot for his 10th goal of the season.

In a frantic finish, with tempers fraying in the respective technical areas and Leeds boss Jesse Marsch booked for sarcastically applauding the award of a throw for his team, substitute Michail Antonio and then keeper Fabianski saved the visitors.

Antonio cleared Liam Cooper’s header off the line, before failing by inches at the other end to turn Manuel Lanzini’s injury-time cross.

Then, with virtually the final touch, Fabianski produced a brilliant one-handed save to deny Rodrigo.

West Ham’s struggles continue

As a lifelong fan of the game, as well as his beloved West Ham, Gold would probably have appreciated the spectacle of this contest, played as it was at high speed, in pouring rain in front of passionate supporters.

The sight of a bunch of flowers on the seat Gold would have occupied was a poignant sight, next to his long-time business partner David Sullivan, who did make the journey to West Yorkshire.

But even with a starting line-up finally containing most of West Ham’s key transfer window acquisitions, they encountered difficulties.

Former Paris St-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer was particularly wasteful in possession and needed to rely on the covering efforts of Nayef Aguerd, making his first league start, to stop his unforced errors being properly punished.

Boss David Moyes would have been unhappy at the way Leeds opened up his defence to score their opener and also at how the hosts were able to overpower a midfield containing England World Cup star Declan Rice as the contest reached its crescendo.

The performance was better than recent efforts, which should count in the Scot’s favour but, in a world where results count, West Ham’s league position does not provide much cause for comfort as only goal difference keeps them out of the bottom three.

Klich says goodbye – but Gnonto shines

There was an emotional farewell at the final whistle as Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich waved a tearful goodbye to an appreciative Elland Road crowd as he prepares for an expected move to Major League Soccer and Wayne Rooney’s DC United.

Marsch even put on a specially-printed Klich T-shirt to mark the occasion, with the Leeds fans remembering the 32-year-old Poland international’s immense contribution to the club, which began five years ago when they were still in the Championship.

It is Marsch’s task to ensure Leeds do not end up back there and, in striker Patrick Bamford’s continuing injury-enforced absence, Gnonto could help them.

Nine goals in 65 Swiss Super League games wouldn’t normally be enough to earn a player much in the way of reputation on their arrival in the Premier League.

But Gnonto has already got a song in his honour, in addition to his eight Italy caps.

And the calm manner in which the 19-year-old thrashed home his first goal for the club past Fabianski hinted at cult status if he keeps performing in this manner.

Gnonto exchanged passes with Crysencio Summerville in the build-up to the strike, bringing pace and direction to a Leeds attack that has been too ponderous at times this season.

Player of the match

GnontoWilfried Gnonto

with an average of 7.76

Leeds United

  1. Squad number29Player nameGnonto

    Average rating

    7.76

  2. Squad number11Player nameHarrison

    Average rating

    7.41

  3. Squad number43Player nameKlich

    Average rating

    7.15

  4. Squad number19Player nameRodrigo

    Average rating

    7.13

  5. Squad number10Player nameSummerville

    Average rating

    7.02

  6. Squad number30Player nameGelhardt

    Average rating

    6.98

  7. Squad number12Player nameAdams

    Average rating

    6.97

  8. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

    Average rating

    6.79

  9. Squad number42Player nameGreenwood

    Average rating

    6.74

  10. Squad number2Player nameAyling

    Average rating

    6.56

  11. Squad number8Player nameRoca

    Average rating

    6.43

  12. Squad number5Player nameKoch

    Average rating

    6.43

  13. Squad number21Player nameStruijk

    Average rating

    6.40

  14. Squad number7Player nameAaronson

    Average rating

    6.32

  15. Squad number6Player nameCooper

    Average rating

    6.29

West Ham United

  1. Squad number11Player nameLucas Paquetá

    Average rating

    6.07

  2. Squad number7Player nameScamacca

    Average rating

    5.92

  3. Squad number20Player nameBowen

    Average rating

    5.84

  4. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

    Average rating

    5.66

  5. Squad number41Player nameRice

    Average rating

    5.66

  6. Squad number27Player nameAguerd

    Average rating

    5.60

  7. Squad number8Player nameFornals

    Average rating

    5.58

  8. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

    Average rating

    5.33

  9. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

    Average rating

    5.30

  10. Squad number15Player nameDawson

    Average rating

    5.25

  11. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

    Average rating

    5.12

  12. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

    Average rating

    5.09

  13. Squad number12Player nameDownes

    Average rating

    4.97

  14. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

    Average rating

    4.83

  15. Squad number24Player nameKehrer

    Average rating

    4.73

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 5Koch
  • 6CooperBooked at 40mins
  • 21Struijk
  • 8RocaSubstituted forGreenwoodat 78′minutes
  • 12Adams
  • 7AaronsonSubstituted forHarrisonat 63′minutes
  • 29GnontoSubstituted forGelhardtat 90+1′minutes
  • 10SummervilleBooked at 59minsSubstituted forKlichat 63′minutes
  • 19RodrigoBooked at 8mins

Substitutes

  • 3Firpo
  • 11Harrison
  • 14Llorente
  • 18Gyabi
  • 22Robles
  • 25Kristensen
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 42Greenwood
  • 43Klich

West Ham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5CoufalSubstituted forCresswellat 68′minutes
  • 15Dawson
  • 27AguerdBooked at 90mins
  • 24Kehrer
  • 11Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forBenrahmaat 80′minutes
  • 41Rice
  • 28Soucek
  • 20Bowen
  • 7ScamaccaSubstituted forAntonioat 68′minutes
  • 8FornalsSubstituted forDownesat 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Johnson
  • 3Cresswell
  • 9Antonio
  • 10Lanzini
  • 12Downes
  • 13Aréola
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 22Benrahma
  • 33Emerson

Referee:
David Coote

Attendance:
36,173

Match Stats

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Match ends, Leeds United 2, West Ham United 2.

  • Source: BBC

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