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Grayson rues late goal

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Simon Grayson could not hide his disappointment after his Leeds side conceded a last-gasp goal to draw 2-2 at Hartlepool.

Antony Sweeney struck right at the death to deny Leeds three points which would have seen them go level on points with Norwich at the top of League One.

Leeds have only won once in eight games since beating Manchester United in the FA Cup last month and Grayson admitted: "It's very disappointing to concede in the manner we did - but we have had it the other way around on many occasions - when we have scored late on."

He added: "But it's a point away from home at a very difficult place. We started very well and limited Hartlepool to few chances in the first half and were in control and quite comfortable, looking like we would win it.

"But you always need that extra goal for comfort and we didn't get it. We allowed them to get back into it twice, it's disappointing to concede in the 90th minute and with the manner of it as well, we didn't feel it was a free-kick, but it's happened and we have to accept it.

"They were at home, with the crowd behind them and have some decent players. They had their moments, we could have been quite comfortable in the first half.

"I cannot knock the effort and commitment we showed, but it's disappointing we didn't win it."

Pools boss Chris Turner felt his side were good value for their point and praised the spirit of his players.

"I was delighted for the players," said Turner. "It's tough to go one down and then 2-1 down to any team, never mind Leeds, but we kept going to the end for the second goal.

"We played good football, showed good signs and I'm delighted with the outcome. A point was a good one and we thoroughly deserved it."

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Norwich City
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League One
Chris Turner
Manchester United
FA Cup
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Antony Sweeney

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