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Leeds United's Dexter Blackstock denied at the death
11:24am Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Dexter Blackstock, signed on loan from Nottingham Forest this week, was almost an instant Leeds United hero when he headed home a 73rd-minute equaliser at Huddersfield Town with his first touch less than 60 seconds after stepping off the bench.
But he was denied that status when, four minutes later, Huddersfield striker Jon Stead’s first goal in his second spell at his hometown club clinched a thrilling 3-2 derby win.
The goal was his first since returning to the Terriers for a second spell after his contract at Bristol City had expired in the summer.
Huddersfield winger Danny Ward smashed home a first-half equaliser after Leeds striker Matt Smith had given the visitors an early lead and Blackstock struck with a fine header after Tom Lees’ own goal had edged the home side ahead in the 62nd minute.
Leeds raced ahead in the second minute when Smith brushed aside marker Joel Lynch at the far post to head home Alex Mowatt’s corner.
It was Smith’s third goal in two matches and his fifth of the season following his summer arrival from Oldham.
But the visitors’ lead lasted barely eight minutes as Huddersfield equalised following their first corner.
Adam Hammill delivered the perfect ball to Ward on the edge of the penalty area and he slammed home an unstoppable left-footed shot beyond Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.
Leeds missed a golden chance to regain the lead on the hour when a brilliant interchange between York’s Sam Byram and Austin set the visitors’ captain free, but his cross to the far post was skewed wide by Murphy.
Leeds were made to pay soon after when another curling cross from Hammill skimmed off Lees’ head and bounced inside Kenny’s left-hand post.
The introduction of Blackstock for Murphy looked inspirational as he headed home Mowatt’s free-kick.
However, Huddersfield were not finished. Hammill cut the ball back and Stead turned sharply to arrow in a low shot.
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