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Grayson unhappy despite draw

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Leeds manager Simon Grayson criticised his players' mental approach after they threw away a two-goal half-time lead before snatching a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser in a pulsating 3-3 draw at Brighton.

First-half goals from Andy Keogh and Ross McCormack put Leeds in charge but the Seagulls launched a stunning second-half fightback to go ahead through a penalty from Ashley Barnes and two goals from Craig Mackail-Smith. However, Leeds snatched a point in the second minute of stoppage time when McCormack rammed in a cross from skipper Jonathan Howson.

Grayson said: "We can't keep conceding goals and my players must understand it. We shouldn't be delighted at getting a point right at the death from the situation that we were in.

He added: "But, on the positive side, we have taken seven points out of nine in the last three games and will always score goals. It's just a mental approach that individuals need to act on for themselves."

Brighton boss Gus Poyet admitted that, in the cold light of day, taking a point from the game would be seen as a point gained in the circumstances.

He said: "We were practically out of the game at 2-0 down so we need to be realistic. Credit to the players to get back to 2-2 and then score again.

"But there's no excuses. We made a great effort only to concede in the 92nd minute. I'm not happy with 3-3, but it can be a point gained from the position that we were in.

"I have a mixture of emotions, and was bitterly disappointed at the end because we didn't defend well when Leeds got their equaliser."

Poyet said a major plus point has been the form of strikers Barnes and Mackail-Smith, who now boast 11 goals between them.

He added: "Mackail-Smith stormed back after having his worst 45 minutes for us in the first half. It's been a bit frustrating for him but his goals were well-taken ones and I'm really pleased for him."

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Football
Ross McCormack
Championship
Ashley Barnes
Jonathan Howson
Craig Mackail-Smith
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