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Becchio earns crucial draw

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Luciano Becchio salvaged a point for Leeds and ended their miserable run of away form as fellow promotion hopefuls Oldham were held 1-1 at Boundary Park.

Becchio headed in his 13th goal of the season from a Robert Snodgrass corner just one minute after Oldham had gone in front.

Leeds had lost three consecutive away games without finding the net but they shaded a tense first half, with Snodgrass and Jermaine Beckford squandering chances.

The Latics broke through six minutes after the break when Lee Hughes seized on a loose ball and somehow volleyed past goalkeeper Casper Ankergren from an acute angle.

But Leeds came storming back and Becchio was thwarted by Greg Fleming's tremendous save, but Becchio levelled from the resulting corner when he was left unmarked six yards out and headed home off the crossbar.

Both sides pushed for victory but Leeds had the clearest opening after a fluent move cut through Oldham's back four.

Fabian Delph tried to thread his shot into the far corner, only for Fleming to deny him at full stretch.

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Football
League One
Fabian Delph
Lee Hughes
Casper Ankergren
Oldham Athletic
Wigan Athletic
Jermaine Beckford
Robert Snodgrass
Leeds United
Luciano Becchio
Greg Fleming
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