The latest news from the Championship: After a streak of wins, Leeds settles for a draw against 10-man Terriers.

The latest news from the Championship: After a streak of wins, Leeds settles for a draw against 10-man Terriers.

Leeds, who are pushing for promotion, were unable to secure their goal of 10 consecutive league victories as they played to a 1-1 tie against 10-man Huddersfield.

Michal Helik, the defender for the home team, scored the opening goal before team captain Jonathan Hogg was given a red card. Patrick Bamford, who had been away from the team, equalized the score, but the visiting team’s flawless record in 2024 came to an end as they were only able to secure a draw.

Daniel Farke’s promotion contenders started well and saw Crysencio Summerville’s early effort kept out by Lee Nicholls’ legs. Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier did well to keep out Jack Rudoni’s strike before the Frenchman produced an even better stop to deny the former AFC Wimbledon player at the near post from the resultant corner.

Despite having less possession, Huddersfield was able to control their nearby opponents. The home team took the lead during stoppage time in the first half with a goal from substitute Helik, who came on for the injured Yuta Nakayama. Sorba Thomas delivered a precise free-kick from the left, and although Meslier made a great save on Danny Ward’s header, Helik was able to score his ninth goal of the season by reacting quickly and poking it into the net.

However, Town’s team was left with only 10 players after their captain Hogg, who had received a yellow card earlier in the half, was sent off for a deliberate elbow on Junior Firpo. Georginio Rutter almost scored the equalizer with a powerful shot from his left foot, but the ball narrowly missed the goalpost.

A clever triple switch gave new energy to the visiting team as Dan James, Joël Piroe, and Connor Roberts entered the game in an attempt to score. James, a former player for Manchester United, and Roberts, on loan from Burnley, worked together on the right side, with Roberts sending a quick pass into Bamford who slid in to score in the 67th minute. Leeds’ final opportunity for a winning goal came in the 85th minute when Summerville’s shot hit the post.

“I have no intention of reprimanding my players for their performance,” emphasized Farke. “We have earned 28 points in our last 10 games, so I won’t criticize them for not playing their best. Individually, they may have had an off-day, but that’s to be expected at times.”

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Cardiff triumphed in the Severnside rivalry against Bristol City, earning a 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate. Perry Ng’s header in the 66th minute secured consecutive wins for Cardiff, ending a four-match winless streak and propelling them above Bristol City in the Championship standings.

Both teams started the game with the knowledge that they needed a strong end-of-season performance to secure a spot in the playoffs. The teams were evenly matched during the 90 minutes of play, with few opportunities for either side to score. However, Cardiff proved their prowess as leaders in scoring goals from set-pieces, with a total of 17 goals from such situations in this Championship season.