Lucky double: Kemar Roofe delivers honest verdict on Leeds promotion clash
By Matt Farr
Leeds attacker Kemar Roofe admits that his side got lucky during their stalemate with promotion rivals Fulham on Tuesday.
Tom Cairney scored a last minute equaliser for the home side after an own goal from defender Tim Ream had handed Leeds an early lead.
But reflecting on the 1-1 draw for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Roofe admitted that Leeds were lucky on two occasions, before they saw a red card to Kalvin Phillips go against them in the dying moments.
The manner of Reams’ own goal had an element of luck to it, slicing a clearance past his own goalkeeper David Button, to hand a Leeds side without chief goalscorer Chris Wood a much-needed strike.
However, Fulham should have drawn level through Neeskens Kebano, after his shot struck the crossbar and bounced over Rob Green’s goal-line; but the officials failed to spot the incident and the goal was not allowed.
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Roofe told the Post: “Obviously we got a lucky goal but when you’ve worked so hard, to come off the pitch one-all and with a sending off that was questionable, it’s disappointing.
“We got lucky twice maybe but then we got a decision (Phillips’ red card) which was probably more favourable on their side. That’s football.”
Leeds remain in fourth place in the Championship with 10 games remaining, but the draw also keeps Fulham in contention for a play-off place, and within just five points of sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.
Garry Monk’s side are on a five-match unbeaten run in the league, heading into a must-win clash with 14th placed Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
A crucial double-header against promotion rivals Brighton and Reading follows in the immediate aftermath, in what could be a testing period for Leeds and their promotion hopes.