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Former Leeds United backroom staffer Carlos Corberan had to settle for a draw on his return to Elland Road with West Bromwich Albion.

Corberan’s Baggies looked set to steal all three points with Brandon Thomas-Asante’s controversial 52nd-minute opener.

Jayson Molumby’s shot clearly deflected off Thomas-Asante’s arm - and the goal stood.

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But, despite the heroics of visiting keeper Alex Palmer, who made two fine saves from Dan James in both halves, Leeds kept their heads - and skipper Luke Ayling levelled.

He powered a 72nd-minute header into the top right corner from Wales international James’ cross to earn the hosts a point.

And that was the very least the hosts deserved to secure a second successive home draw for Daniel Farke’s relegated Leeds following their first-day 2-2 draw with Cardiff City.

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Leeds, beaten in injury time by a controversial injury-time penalty at Birmingham last Saturday, were rocked by the pre-match announcement that disaffected striker Wilfried Gnonto had officially handed in a transfer request.

But there was little sign of any after-effects from that as, enlivened by their home support, Farke’s men had the better of the first half.

They went closest when keeper Palmer saved from James, before Jamie Shackleton’s effort from range deflected off Cedric Kipre and hit the post.

Leeds keeper Illan Meslier then needed a fine save of his own at the start of the second half when the recalled Thomas-Asante crossed for Albion skipper Jed Wallace at the near post, only for the Frenchman to touch it on to the post.

Just a minute later, however, Albion’s luck was in when Leeds failed to deal with a near-post corner, Molumby shot at goal and it took two deflections.

The second came off the arm of Thomas-Asante and went in but, with no video assistant referee facility in the English Football League, there was no comeback.

Palmer then kept Leeds at bay when he topped his first-half save by soaring high to his left to magnificently deny James’ curler from 20 yards.

But Leeds finally drew level when James cut back inside, delivered a teasing right-foot cross with his instep, Erik Pieters was caught flat-footed and Ayling timed his jump well to head powerfully home.

Both sides had chances to snatch victory, which would have flattered Albion - but there were no further goals.

Who’s next?

Former Norwich City boss Farke returns to East Anglia next Saturday when Leeds visit Ipswich Town.

Albion, who now have four points from their first three games, host Middlesbrough at The Hawthorns the same day.

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke:

“It’s a hell of a challenge. We were expecting to keep a few of our quality players. We also have a few injuries to our key players which is also unlucky.

“We had to wait so long for the financial restrictions to get some incomings so it’s not been easy. Hopefully we can get better and better as the season goes.

“It’s a long road, a bumpy road, a hell of a task. If it was easy then everybody would do it. And there were many encouraging signs.

“I wasn’t aware their goal was handball. I was thinking it might be, but I was too far away to judge it.

“We can only concentrate on what we can influence and that’s our performance. And I like this attitude, the lads never know when they are beaten.”

West Bromwich Albion head coach Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio WM:

“We wanted to attack more. It was important to play with one striker. We improved massively in the second half.

“We put pressure on them but we conceded chances with our mistakes which gave Leeds the mentality that they could hurt us. And Alex Palmer was important to the cause.

“I liked how the team’s intensity did not decrease after we conceded the goal. We stayed concentrated and we reacted enough and didn’t allow them to keep that momentum and attack us.

“But it is true that we need to avoid the mistakes. Maybe after we scored we were too focused on defending and maybe we should have been more aggressive. That’s the only thing that maybe I will review.”

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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 14Rodon
  • 21Struijk Booked at 78mins
  • 25Byram
  • 22Gray
  • 4Ampadu
  • 17Shackleton Booked at 55mins
  • 30Gelhardt Booked at 15mins Substituted forGreenwoodat 83’minutes
  • 20James Booked at 60mins
  • 24Rutter


  • 5Cresswell
  • 13Klaesson
  • 18Gyabi
  • 19Greenwood
  • 26Bate
  • 28Darlow
  • 37Drameh

West Brom

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 24Palmer
  • 6Ajayi
  • 4Kipré
  • 15Pieters Booked at 71mins Substituted forTownsendat 76’minutes
  • 2Furlong Booked at 9mins
  • 8Molumby Booked at 29mins
  • 35Yokuslu Booked at 85mins Substituted forChalobahat 87’minutes
  • 10Phillips Booked at 56mins
  • 7J WallaceSubstituted forGardner-Hickmanat 86’minutes
  • 19SwiftSubstituted forSarmientoat 69’minutes
  • 21Thomas-AsanteSubstituted forMajaat 76’minutes


  • 3Townsend
  • 5Bartley
  • 9Maja
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Sarmiento
  • 27Mowatt
  • 29Gardner-Hickman
  • 31Fellows
  • 33Griffiths

Referee: Matt Donohue

Attendance: 33,890

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Leeds United 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  3. Attempt missed. Georginio Rutter (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ethan Ampadu.

  4. Attempt missed. Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  5. Foul by Georginio Rutter (Leeds United).

  6. Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Ethan Ampadu (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).

  9. Offside, Leeds United. Joe Rodon tries a through ball, but Sam Greenwood is caught offside.

  10. Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Jeremy Sarmiento tries a through ball, but Josh Maja is caught offside.

  11. Foul by Sam Greenwood (Leeds United).

  12. Cédric Kipré (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Attempt missed. Joe Rodon (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sam Greenwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

  14. Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Okay Yokuslu.

  15. Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Taylor Gardner-Hickman replaces Jed Wallace.

  16. Okay Yokuslu (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Sam Greenwood (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Foul by Okay Yokuslu (West Bromwich Albion).

  19. Substitution, Leeds United. Sam Greenwood replaces Joe Gelhardt.

  20. Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).