For two-thirds of an enthralling game, Barnsley, building on last week's win at Liverpool, were in control and threatened to swamp their visitors. However, as they wilted in the heavy conditions, Leeds scented victory.
The substitute Derek Lilley scored the winner, his first goal for Leeds, after Rod Wallace had got to the by-line to square across the six-yard box. Lilley's flicked close-range finish was almost impossible to defend, in contrast to the first two Leeds goals. Jimmy Hasselbaink's screeching shot, parried for a corner by Lars Leese, earned a ticking off from his colleague Alf Inge Haland. The Norwegian was celebrating seconds later after ghosting through the Barnsley defence to head in a corner.
The equaliser highlighted similar indecisiveness in the Barnsley back four. A punted clearance was lamely allowed to bounce into the penalty area and Wallace had time to place his shot.
Both home goals were taps-in after Nigel Martyn, first, could only partly block Liddell's one-on-one run and then parried a Neil Redfearn drive into the path of Ashley Ward.
Both managers were highly critical of the referee Mike Reid, who booked nine players in atrocious conditions. They also found positive and negative sides to their respective performances. "We went 2-0 down before we wanted to play but we created a lot of chances. I'm not concerned about conceding goals, I look for the positive. And it's great for me, trying to lose that boring image," said George Graham, the Leeds manager.
"We stopped doing the things that caused them problems in the first half. To let them get a goal from nothing from a corner gave them the impetus," Danny Wilson, the Barnsley manager, added.Reuse content